BRETT PARBERY & VICTORY SALUTE POST LIKELY HIGHEST EVER AUSSIE GRAND PRIX SCORE

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Brett Parbery and Victory Salute. © 2011 Franz Venhaus

SYDNEY, April 28–The top Australian combination of Brett Parbery and Victory Salute on Thursday posted what is likely the highest ever score attained in an Australian Grand Prix when the World Equestrian Games pair won the Sydney CDI3*.

The former rodeo rider and the 15-year-old Australian warmblood gelding scored 71.306 per cent that was a record for the Sydney CDI and organizers thought was also a national record in a competition interrupted repeatedly by rain storms.

WEG team mate Rachael Sanna, who sustained a back injury recently, was second on Jaybee Alabaster with 70.106 per cent while veteran Aussie Olympian Mary Hanna on Sancette was third on 66.766 per cent.

In the popular “Needs for Steeds” International Prix St Georges in which invited foreign riders compete on borrowed horses, Australian Young Rider Megan Bryant starred on Donnabella with a first place score of 66.342 per cent. Anjanette Harten on UQG Alladin was second with 66.184 per cent and Aussie international competitor Maree Tomkinson on Diamantina was third on 66.026 per cent.

The 19-year-old Megan and her 14-year-old mare competed in the Young Rider World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, last December.

The top finishing foreign rider was Sally Goodwin-Davies of Great Britain who rode the borrowed 16-year-old Australian-bred gelding, Argyle, to ninth place with a score of 64.105 per cent.

Complete results are available at: http://www.sydneycdi.com/default.asp?MenuID=Draws~_Results/20015/25855