Allen, Emmylou and Wachmans shine in Wellington Grand Prix

  • 19 February 2023, 22:08

Bertram Allen and Emmylou are making a habit of winning at Wellington – the pair did it again on Sunday with a CSI3* Grand Prix win.

Irish Olympian Allen was imperious on board the mare, and she made it a second win at the Florida venue in a matter of weeks, having won a four star ranking class last month.

In truth, Emmylou looked very comfortable, jumping quick and bold, going clear in round one in a time of 67.02 seconds, the fastest time of all the clear rounds.

In the jump-off the combination were zoned in and when Allen went double clear in a time of 36.86 seconds the writing was on the wall for the remaining competitors.

The pair eventually won by well over a second, with another Irishman, David Blake, also going double clear to finish in the placings in fifth on board Claude.


The Wexford man has been in red-hot form this winter and has landed successes with Emmylou, Nations Cup mount Pacino Amiro (ISH) and Caprisco, and he was very happy with the mare’s performance.

“I was delighted to win, it’s the third time in a row I’ve won the Grand Prix here this week so that’s cool,” Allen said.

“The mare jumped very, very, very well so I’m thrilled with her and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the season here.”

Tom Wachman turned 18 this week and he celebrated his birthday with a win in the Hermes Under-25 Grand Prix on board I’m Here – beating older brother Max into sixth on Fancy De Kergane.

Afterwards, Tom Wachman said: “He’s fast and brave with a big stride, and I probably had an advantage on Max as my horse would be a bit quicker and his is still a little green but I’m delighted.”

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