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British rider Ben Maher wins Bahrain Pearl Stakes at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Maher landed the Bahrain Pearl Stakes on Tic Tac.

British rider Ben Maher wins Bahrain Pearl Stakes at Royal Windsor Horse Show

British star Ben Maher produced a stylish performance to win Friday’s feature international showjumping class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Maher, a member of Great Britain’s London 2012 gold medal-winning team alongside Nick Skelton, Scott Brash and Peter Charles, landed the Bahrain Pearl Stakes on Tic Tac.

Maher was last to go in a seven-horse jump-off, having seen former Olympic individual champion Eric Lamaze set a scorching pace with Fine Lady 5.

But Canadian Lamaze’s time of 37.53 seconds could not hold off Maher, who clocked 37.23 to take the £11,000 top prize, with Germany’s David Will and Copain third.

The day’s opening international class – the Manama two-phase competition – went to American Laura Kraut in impressive fashion.

Kraut, riding Whitney, clocked 27.94 seconds for the jump-off section of her round, edging out Britain’s former world number one Brash and Irish star Billy Twomey.

Scotsman Brash guided Hello Forever to a time of 28.10 seconds, which Twomey and Kimba Flamenco matched for a tie of second spot.

The five-star show reaches its climax on Sunday with the Rolex Grand Prix, which is followed by a public retirement ceremony for 59-year-old reigning Olympic individual champion Skelton and his Rio ride Big Star.