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Irish showjumping sensation Bertram Allen lit up the London International Horse Show at Olympia by claiming a thrilling victory in the Christmas Speed Stakes.

Last to go among a 31-strong field, 19-year-old Allen had it all to do after Belgian Constant van Paesschen clocked 59.92 seconds in the one-round class on Ralphy Utopia de Ransbeck.

And Allen did not disappoint, as he claimed the £4,700 winner's purse on with Wild Thing L, jumping clear in 58.16 seconds.

Allen, who finished seventh individually at the World Equestrian Games earlier this year and was runner-up in the Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, is among the sport's hottest properties.

"It definitely wasn't effortless," Allen said. "Constant had set a really fast time, so we had to give a lot to beat him."

Germany's Daniel Deusser won the opening international class on Friday after staving off Swiss rider Martin Fuchs and a strong British challenge.

Deusser clocked a winning time of 32.71 seconds on Soory de l'Hallali to land The Levy Restaurants Snowman Stakes, with Fuchs 1.2 seconds behind aboard Uzo van het Hobos Z.

British star and former world number one Ben Maher was third on Wings Sublieme, with home riders also filling the next four places - Tim Gredley (Unex Arantos), William Whitaker (Glenavadra Brilliant), Michael Whitaker (Cassionato) and Robert Whitaker (Zantos II).

The new-style competition saw riders placed into seven groups, and the best of each group went through to a jump-off.

"It's a different sort of class because you can go clear and still not get through to the jump-off, but it's fun to do something different," Deusser said.

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