Slow burn pays off for Harrie Smolders in Ivy Stakes

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The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders produced the only double clear to win tonight’s H&M Ivy Stakes at Olympia.

Five made it through to the jump-off, including British hopes Michael Whitaker and William Funnell. However, both riders faulted, as did France’s Kevin Staut and Belgium’s Jos Verlooy.

It paved the way for Harrie to come in and produce a steady clear on Corrada, finishing some 10sec slower than second placed Kevin Staut and Unna de Kerglenn.

In our interview, Harrie explains why this actually played to his mare’s strengths, and why he was focusing on a particular fence in the first round….

Horse & Country will be at Olympia, bringing you daily reports, videos and up-the-minute news from the show. Our coverage is brought to you in association with Spillers Horse Feeds. We’ll also be showing extensive television highlights following the event – watch on Sky channel 253 or on H&C Play.

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