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Wednesday 11 April saw 23 horses invited into the Royal Easter Show Mini Prix made up of Section 2 horses not starting in the World Cup plus the best performed Section 3 horses. Werner Deeg designed a 1.40m track which included three double combinations at 3, 4 and 6. The double of verticals at 6 followed by a forward five strides to a 1.40m x 1.60m oxer. Eleven horses were taken into the second round – seven clear rounds plus four on 4 penalties. Only two horses jumped clear in the second round, the double at 4 causing the most grief after the run from the vertical at 3a. Robert Moffatt riding Finch Farm Viduka jumped a smooth clear round against the clock to win in a time of 53.19 seconds. Vicki Roycroft the runner up riding Cache also jumping clear in 57.18 seconds, an unlucky rail in the second round saw Stephen Dingwall and Cavalier Bryn in third place finishing in a slick 54.65 seconds. Jamie Winning riding Yandoo Zenzel HBC on 4 penalties in 58.90 seconds was fourth, fifth went to Jamie Kermond riding Yandoo Laughtons Legacy who was lucky to recover from a tangle with a fence and finished with 8 penalties in 52.06 seconds, sixth was Chris Chugg riding Diamond B Verona with 8 penalties in 54.88 seconds, seventh was Lachlan Manuel riding Congranda on 8 penalties in 56.96 seconds, eighth to Andrew Inglis riding Fiorella 104, ninth to Matt Afford riding Kaluna Salute with George Johnson riding Wondaree Sprite in tenth. Following the Mini Prix was the Sydney Royal Easter Show Grand Prix Sweepstakes World Cup qualifier. Deeg set a 1.40 to 1.50m track including a double and treble combination, 12 numbered fences for 15 jumping efforts. 23 horses started the first round including riders from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, ACT, South Australia and New Zealand. The course caused faults at every one of the 15 fences, 42 rails falling in total. Five times the top rail at fence number 1 fell, a 1.43m vertical, then five rails at 5a a 1.46m vertical into the one stride double. Fence 6 the 1.50m ‘Brinkman’ oxer hit the floor five times and the 1.50m vertical at fence 7 saw faults six times. Four horses jumped clear in round one. 18 year old Tom McDermott was the last rider into the arena on Romantic Dream jumping an effortless clear round. Joining Tom was Billy Raymont’s two horses Stardom and Ocean Beach NZPH and 18 year old Evie Buller riding her super partner Yalambi’s Landor. Ten horses started in the seeded second round, the clears, five on 4 penalties and one on 8 penalties. The second round although a little bigger was not technical and looked as though the horses should cruise around yet 17 fences fell from the seven starters – the rails came down at every fence other than the vertical at 5b. Just three jumped clear, Sharon Slater riding CP Ulixes and Tom riding both CP Rolex his nominated World Cup horse and CP Romantic Dream. Evie Buller scored a sensational second in her first jumping world cup qualifier, a rail down in the second round to finish on 4 penalties in 65.13 seconds. McDermott third riding CP Rolex on 4 penalties in 69.72 seconds, Billy Raymont fourth riding Stardom on 4 penalties, Sharon Slater fifth riding CP Ulixes also on 4 penalties. Paul Brent riding Animate was sixth on 12 penalties, then Billy riding Ocean Beach NZPH on 16 penalties, Bridget Hansen 8th, Chris Chugg ninth and New Zealand Rider of the Year Katie McVean tenth all three on 20 penalties. The prize giving ceremony following the Sydney Royal World Cup qualifier saw Tom also winning the trophy for the most successful jumping horse at the 2012 show with CP Romantic Dream and was crowned the leading jumping rider of the show for the second year running. Tom, who does not turn 19 until September, is the youngest rider in the world to have won two World Cup qualifiers. Tom won his first qualifier in August 2011 at Gawler in South Australia just prior to his 18th birthday. 1 72


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