Horse & Hound - - Show Jumping -

HEARTS DES­TINY, a new ride for Holly Smith, looked to have all the at­tributes of a top jumper, tak­ing joint first place in the five-fence chal­lenge.

The eight-year-old former work­ing hunter also put in a promis­ing per­for­mance in the grand prix, with just a green mis­take in an airy dou­ble of ver­ti­cals putting him out of con­tention.

“His breeder sent him to me a cou­ple of months ago to try, as she’d gone as far as she could with him in work­ers and be­lieved he was a jumper — I’ve now bought him,” said Holly. “He was jump­ing Fox­hunters a cou­ple of months ago so he’s very green but I be­lieve he’s the horse to get me back on teams — he’s scopey and care­ful with a lot of blood and an easy tem­per­a­ment.

“I’ve got the 2020 Olympics in my sights and I be­lieve he’s the horse to get me there.”

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