Great Britain’s Harriet Nuttall launched the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show with a thrilling victory in Saturday’s opening four-star class.
The two-phase competition, which included a jump-off element for those clear after the first stage, reached a gripping conclusion at the M&S Bank Arena.
Luxembourg’s Charlotte Bettendorf was the long-time leader aboard Bellefleur Ps Z, clocking 27.67 seconds.
And it looked as though that might be enough, but Harriet and Night of Glory O.L. had other ideas.
Entering the arena with a late draw, they timed their run to perfection, posting 27.63 seconds to claim top spot.
“Wow. A win is a great start to the show,” Harriet said.
“I really enjoy Liverpool. It’s a fun show with plenty of speed classes as well as the major classes, and the atmosphere is always electric.
“Night of Glory O.L. is a relatively new ride, and is owned by Old Lodge who are also a sponsor, so it’s a win all-round.
“She is really quick against the clock and competing at 1.45m level. and is a great addition to the team. She is a real trier and just a winner.”
Britain’s Corinne Collins and Bugatti B completed the podium places, taking third in 30.96 seconds, with Guy Williams and Cicero II finishing fourth.