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Dashing Lennon sets Christmas Pudding alight

Equestrian

Louise Parkes

Published 16/12/2011 | 05:00

Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou-Lou galloped to victory in the Christmas Pudding Stakes on the opening day of international jumping at the Christmas Horse Show in Olympia, London yesterday.

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The Banbridge man's partnership with the nine-year-old bay mare continues to develop with every outing and yesterday the dashing duo left 31 rivals trailing in their wake.

Lennon had the advantage of being second-last to go in the first round and so had the best of the draw again against the clock. He was chasing a target-time of 33.13 seconds set by veteran British superstar John Whitaker (56), riding the 10-year-old grey mare Dazzle.

The Irishman bettered that by well over a second with a great run from Judith Sossick's Irish-bred, racing through the timers in 31.82 seconds.

Germany's three-time World Cup champion, Marcus Ehning, slotted into third with Noltes Kuchengirl.

Ireland's Billy Twomey was second-fastest in the 14-horse jump-off, but a pole down with Romanov saw them having to settle for ninth place, while Cian O'Connor retired in the first round with the eight-year-old O'Connell Street.

Lennon is enjoying a purple patch with Loughview Lou-Lou, having won the Derby at Geneva Show in Switzerland two weeks ago.

The 42-year-old rider, who won the 2002 World Championship, describes her as "a really competitive horse, even from when she was very young, and she has a long stride, so you don't have to push her in speed classes -- she's naturally quick and very careful."

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