Emanuele Gaudiano claims second win at Liverpool International

Italy's Emanuele Gaudiano continued his hot streak of form by claiming a second win at the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show.

Gaudiano and the 13-year-old Cocoshynsky bounced back from an elimination in Saturday's four-star speed class to land the 1.45-metre against the clock competition, sponsored by Equerry Horse Feeds.

And it followed a victory at Liverpool Echo Arena on New Year's Day, with Gaudiano's latest success coming after his World Cup qualifier triumph at London Olympia two weeks ago.

He set a scorching pace from an early draw, clocking 54.08 seconds, and no other combination came close, with runners-up William Funnell and Billy Angelo almost three seconds behind, while Sweden's Peder Fredricson was third aboard H&M Sibon and Ireland's Billy Twomey fourth on Ardcolum Duke.

With Gaudiano's countryman Piergiorgio Bucci also claiming a win this weekend, the inaugural Liverpool show has proved a happy hunting ground for Italian riders.

Apart from his Liverpool and London successes, Gaudiano has also recently claimed two victories at Verona and a runners-up finish in Geneva, where he was also fifth in the five-star grand prix.

"I think this is a good moment for me in my career," he said.

"We had a little problem yesterday when I fell off at the second fence, but today was like normal. The horse is very fast, I know her well, and I know exactly when and where we can go quickly.

"I will compete in Basle next, and then Leipzig. My aim now is to try to qualify for the World Cup final."

And as for Liverpool, Gaudiano added: "It is a super show here. I will definitely be coming back next year."

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