Lucy Jackson and Superstition take Millstreet

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This weekend saw a ferocious, fast-paced fight for the finish at Millstreet. But there was no stopping the Kiwi, who climbed from outside the podium to take her first-ever Event Rider Masters win.

"I've never been on the top spot of a podium, and I can't tell you how good it feels - it's absolutely fantastic," said a celebrating Lucy Jackson, who made her first podium appearance when finishing third at the ERM opening leg at Chatsworth with Superstition this spring. 

Lucy's exceptional 26.4 dressage had put her into equal fourth place overnight and a clear round this morning bumped her up into third - but it was a lightning-fast clear round across the country that allowed her to take the win, aided by the withdrawal of two-phase leader Oliver Townend.

Though she didn't deliver one of the three clear rounds inside the time, Lucy added a tiny two seconds to the 6:05 optimum time, allowing her to take the win by a 0.3 penalty margin.

"It's huge pressure having a point-to-point rider as an other half," she said with a laugh. "The whole way around I was thinking, 'don't be slow - don't be slow!' I'm not known for being fast, but the little horse is a superstar. There'll be a lot of drinking in the pub this afternoon!"

The enormous influence of the tight time allowed Sam Watson and Imperial Sky to take second place for the home nation. Sam juggles running a busy yard with spearheading equestrian statistics company EquiRatings.

Alex Bragg and Zagreb raced away from a tough week as the only other combination to finish on their dressage score to climb from ninth to third.

With just one leg left in the Event Rider Masters series, the race for the 2019 title has reached fever pitch. With leader Jonelle Price sitting the Millstreet leg out, second-placed Bill Levett and third-placed Chris Burton were both in the hunt for valuable points - and with Bill finishing fourteenth with Shannondale Titan and Burto finishing eighth with Graf Liberty, they both got them. To be precise, they each picked up enough series points that they both now sit on a tally of 73 - just six points ahead of Jonelle and five ahead of Gireg le Coz, and with no margin for error as we look ahead to Lignieres. The stage has been set for an epic showdown in France.

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