Skelton sparkles on big star

04 July 2012 / 16:41

British showjumper Nick Skelton has continued his outstanding run of form by winning the Warsteiner feature class at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.

Skelton produced a sparkling performance on his London 2012 horse Big Star to leave some of his fellow top European riders trailing.

Germany's Christian Ahlmann set the pace on Taloubet Z, clocking 50.48 seconds to take top spot in a 12-horse jump off.

But Skelton, British number one and world number five, cut more than half a second off Ahlmann's time, going clear in 49.77secs, with Switzerland's Janika Sprunger third.

The latest round of this season's FEI Nations Cup takes centre-stage in Aachen on Thursday night, while some of the world's top eventers - including British Olympian William Fox-Pitt - are in action on Friday and Saturday, before Sunday's showjumping grand prix concludes the action.