Scott Brash fails to defend his CHI Geneva Grand Prix title
Last Updated: 12/12/16 11:06am
British show jumper Scott Brash failed to end the year in winning fashion as Pedro Veniss won the Rolex Grand Prix at a sold-out Palexpo arena in Geneva.
After his legendary Grand Slam triumph in the 2014/15 season, Brash was unable to repeat his victory on this occasion.
As the last starter in the jump-off, the 31-year-old was favourite to claim the victory again, but the rider and his horse Ursula XII were just four hundredths of a second slower than surprise winner Veniss.
The Brazilian put in a clear round on his horse Quabri de l'Isle in the jump-off to defeat Olivier Philippaerts from Belgium and Brash, who had won at Spruce Meadows earlier this year.
"It was like a dream come true, it really hasn't sunk in yet," an overwhelmed Veniss said after the first major victory in his career.
Brash, an Olympic gold medalist for Great Britain in 2012, still has an opportunity to pick up the two-out-of-three bonus for two non-consecutive major victories within one Grand Slam cycle should he succeed at CHIO Aachen, which is being staged from July 14-23 in 2017.
Don't miss the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping on Sky Sports in 2017.