MAX O’Reilly Hyland won the first international Grand Prix of his career in Vejer de la Frontera last Sunday when taking the top honours in the 1.45m two-star feature.

Riding his own 10-year-old gelding Babar de Bussy (by Vicente de Bussy), he was among 11 to jump clear from the starting 52 over the big track on the lovely grass arena. First to go of the 11 in the jumo-off, O’Reilly Hyland set the pace with a decisive clear in 39.50 seconds which left the other riders with everything to do.