Maurice Beatson was a convincing winner in the opening round of the New Zealand World Cup series on the final day of the Hawke's Bay A and P Show yesterday.
Aboard My Gollywog - his homebred horse who spent most of last season out with injury - he was the only one to go double clear over a challenging Kevin Hansen designed course.
The former Olympian, World Champs representative and World Cup final competitor had the luxury of being the last of a trio of riders to go in the jump-off.
Twelve started the class, but just Beatson, former World Cup series winner Simon Wilson on Swinger and Tess Williams on her flea-bitten grey Craighaven Nitro progressed through to the second round.
Both Williams and Wilson had a rail each in the jump-off, with Beatson slightly slower but still clean and clear.
Both Gollywog and Swinger are veterans of the showjumping world, at 16 and 17 years respectively.
Defending NZ series champion Katie McVean was rapt with her fourth placing aboard Dunstan Zasjany D in their first World Cup start. She was also fifth on Dunstan Daffodil.
Beatson's World Cup win rounded off a brilliant show for him - he also won the horse grand prix aboard Schimmel Warrior.