Skelton makes quick impression
Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton made an immediate impression at the Horse of the Year Show in Thursday's Grandstand Welcome Stakes.
The opening international competition - a one-round speed class - was dominated by 55-year-old Skelton and his grey stallion Zero.
Their time of 61.64 seconds was more than six seconds clear of closest challengers, American Lauren Hough and Bockmanns Lazio, while Britain's Ellen Whitaker finished third aboard Lola V.
Warwickshire-based Skelton was part of the Great Britain team alongside Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles that won showjumping gold at London 2012.
Frenchman Julien Epaillard, riding Mister Davier, took the Grandstand VIP Event Management Cup, clocking 31.0 seconds in the jump-off phase to edge out Italy's Lorenzo De Luca (Atessa BLH) and Ireland's Dermott Lennon (Loughview Lou-Lou).
Hertfordshire rider Chloe Aston, who won the Young Riders Championship of Great Britain on Wednesday, finished fourth with Kolibri Classic.