Brash claims Oslo victory
British star Scott Brash continued his rich vein of form by winning the Longines World Cup series opener in Oslo.
Brash, a member of Great Britain's showjumping team that won Olympic gold in London last year and the 2013 European title, delivered a masterclass on the brilliant Hello Sanctos.
The last to go in a nine-horse jump off, Scotsman Brash was unfazed by a sparkling performance from reigning Olympic individual champion Steve Guerdat aboard his London 2012 horse Nino des Buissonets.
Swiss rider Guerdat went more than a second inside the time of Germany's Marcus Ehning, but 27-year-old Brash was not to be denied.
Displaying his customary ice-cool nerve under pressure, Brash guided Sanctos around the jump-off course in 34.29 seconds - 2.23 seconds quicker than Guerdat - to land the £30,000 top prize.
And it completed an Oslo double for the world number 10 and European individual bronze medallist, who scooped £28,000 for winning the grand prix feature class with Sanctos on Saturday.
It follows another bumper pay-day in Barcelona two weeks ago when Brash shared a £170,000 jackpot with 2008 Olympic champion Eric Lamaze for jumping two clear rounds in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup final.
A delighted Brash paid tribute to Sanctos, the 13-year-old bay gelding owned by Lady Kirkham and Lord and Lady Harris.
"He is an absolute horse of a lifetime, not just for me, but his owners and everyone connected with him," said Peebles-based Brash.
"He jumped unbelievably well on Saturday and again today.
"I thought it was a really big course, and maybe there would only be four or five clear rounds.
"I watched Marcus Ehning's round and the distances he did, and I thought I would try to do what Marcus did. I knew I had to go fast in the jump off, and everything went spot-on."
Brash will now head to the Helsinki World Cup event with Sanctos before a short break ahead of the Global Champions' Tour final in Doha next month.