Scott Brash in fine form ahead of today’s Rolex GP.
The spotlight will be on the flying Scotsman Scott Brash today as he attempts to make history and keep his dream alive of winning the Rolex Grand Slam.
No rider has ever won all three legs of the prestigious event, but Brash can buck the trend, and after winning the opener in Aachen is looking to make it 2 from 2 today in Calgary.
Should he win today, he would then be a step away from writing his name in the history books when the final leg is played out later on in Geneva.
Going into today’s GP at Spruce Meadows, and as part of the Calgary Masters, Brash appears in good form and was victorious yesterday with Hello Forever (For Pleasure) in the Suncor Energy Cup over 1.50m worth 126.000$ in prize-money.
Brash and Hello Forever have been riding together for just 8 months but have already shown their devastating potential. In addition to yesterday’s competition, which saw them take home a cool 41.580 dollars, they have won two legs of the 2015 Longines Global Champions Tour (Miami Beach and Valkenswaard).
Hello Forever is a 9 year-old Oldenburg gelding raised in Great Britain by Stuart Harvey and according to its rider still has big margins for improvement especially on the bigger grassy arenas. With that in mind, Brash brought the mount to Calgary to work on this weakness and with the intention of also preparing it for future Nations Cup events.
Focusing back to yesterday’s competition, Brash was joined on the podium by fellow Brit Guy Williams with Casper de Muze who came in second place. The final podium slot was taken by American rider Hardin Towell with Lucifer V, a horse that belongs to Jennifer Gates.
It paves the way nicely then for today’s big event, the Rolex GP, where Brash will be looking to build on yesterday’s win and maybe even take a step towards making history in this sport. He will be riding with Hello Sanctos as he attempts to do just that.
photo credits: Spruce Meadows Media Service