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Dujardin breaks world record

December 18, 2012 09:17 am

Double Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin delivered a stunning world-record display to win Monday night's Reem Acra FEI World Cup qualifier at the London International Horse Show.

The 27-year-old British star guided her brilliant London 2012 horse Valegro to an emphatic grand prix victory at Olympia. Their score of 84.447% broke the previous world-best (84.08%) set by Dutch star Edward Gal and black stallion Totilas at the 2009 European Championships in Windsor.

And it means she now holds world records in two of dressage's three disciplines - grand prix and grand prix special.

It was their first competitive outing since the Olympics more than four months ago and she said: "The horse is amazing, I am just so lucky to have him. I had the worst headache this morning. I rode a bit safer than I would normally."

Dujardin and Valegro won individual gold at Greenwich Park and they were also part of Great Britain's Olympic title-winning team alongside Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer.

Hester, who was among those left in her wake on Monday night, said: "That was an incredible test. She just keeps notching up the percentages."

Dujardin won by a landslide margin of more than eight per cent from Germany's Isabell Werth (Don Johnson FRH), with Gal (Glock's Undercover) third. Hester and his Olympic horse Uthopia finished sixth. Dujardin and 14 other qualifiers will now contest the World Cup freestyle to music class in front of a capacity crowd on Tuesday night.

Her routine will be a repeat of the London 2012 showcase that featured strains of Land of Hope and Glory, interspersed with Big Ben chimes, on what could prove an emotional occasion.

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