Alexander Butler and Jurry Bleu K best in the CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix at Oliva: "A lot of options"

Alexander Butler and Jurry Bleu K best in the CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix at Oliva: "A lot of options"

The second week of Spring MET IV 2024 in Oliva Nova, Spain, concluded on Sunday with an Irish victory in the CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix presented by CHG – Construcciones Hispano Germanas S.A as Alexander Butler and Jurry Bleu K (VDL Zirocco Blue x Couleur Rubin) topped a field of 59 horse-and-rider-combinations.

Butler and the 10-year-old stallion secured the win with a time of 41.23 seconds after a jump-off between twelve pairs, followed by Australia’s Gabrielle Chugg and Pss Levilensky (Levisonn x Cornet Obolensky) in second – 0.9 seconds behind. Two British riders followed in third and fourth: Adrian Whiteway and Chacco Volo (Chacco-Blue x Carthago) who clocked a time of 42.43, then Adrian Speight and Millfield Baloney (Balou du Rouet x Kanudos) in 42.59 seconds. Brazil’s Pedro Veniss and Nimrod de Muze Imperio Egipcio (Nabab de Reve x Tinka’s Boy) completed the top five with their time of 43.40.

“I thought it was a very fair course,” Butler said about Sunday’s Grand Prix track set by Javier Trenor. “It had plenty of different options on the lines. There were many things to take into consideration on the distances, but it wasn’t too big. I think the course builder definitely got the right amount of clears. There was a good standard of horses and riders in the class as well, and all in all it was a good course.”