Ireland's Jessica Kurten this evening (Sunday) streaked home to win one of Europe's richest Grand Prix at La Baule, France.
Kurten, who had been eliminated during her first round at the Nations Cup team event at Copenhagen on Friday, jetted back to La Baule immediately afterwards to ride Lady Georgina Forbes's 'Castle Forbes Maike' in today's Longines Grand Prix.
Kurten, who had been lying eighth after the first round, and who with the other riders had to endure a long gap before the second round because of high winds, nevertheless piloted her 13 year-old mare to an unbeatable time of 41.72 seconds in the jump off, narrowly beating Britain's Michael Whitaker to the 22,000 euro winner's purse.
Grand Prix – CSIO de La Baule – (273.3.3)
1º Jessica Kurten (Irl) / Maike: 0/0/41.72s
2º Michael Whitaker (Gbr) / Mozart Des Hayettes: 0/0/41.81
3º Marco Kutscher (Ger) / Cash 63: 0/0/42.18
4º Michel Hecart (Fra) / Itot Du Château: 0/0/43.26
5º Nick Skelton (Gbr) / Russel: 0/0/43.73
6º Richard Spooner (EUA) / Cristillo: 1/0/43.14
7º Roger Yves Bost (Fra) / Ideal De La Loge: 1/0/44.72
8º Pedro Veniss (Bra) / Un Blanc Des Blancs: 1/0/45.11
9º Jos Lansink (Bel) / Spender S: 0/4 41.33
10º Eric Lamaze (Can) / Hickstead.: 0/4/43.24
Check the results.