Laura Renwick’s scopey Irish-bred eight-year-old MHS Washington (Obos Quality/Cavalier Royale) has shown promise in the latest series of the Longines Global Champons tour. And she underscored her talent to deliver a spectacular win in Shangha’s 1.50/1.55m speed, taking the class with almost a sec to spare.
Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann took second on Chacanno with The Netherlands’ Marc Houtzager third on Sterrehof’s Bylou. Alexandra Thornton was eighth with Caballero 84 and four faults dropped Michael Whitaker to 15th on Daedalus Van T&I.
Saudia Arabia’s Abdullah Al Sharbatly, who first trained in Britain with Michael Lyons jumping British novice and discovery some 20 years ago, claimed the grand prix of Shanghai in a five horse decider. They had the edge of 0.30 sec over Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh. Germany’s Christian Ahlmann beat the time with Colorit but lowered a rail to take fifth.
The Netherlands’ Marc Houtzager was third on Sterrehof’s Calimero and Australia’s Edwina Tops Alexander took fourth on Caretina De Joter.
Michael Whitaker and Viking scored four faults in round one but jumped clear in round two to move up to eighth. Scott Brash and Hello Forever were clear in the first round but incurred 11 faults in round two for 13th.
Christian Ahlmann’s fifth spot keeps him top of the leaderboard with a commanding 129 points. Italy’s Emaneule Gaudino – sixth here in Shanghai on Caspar 232 – is second on 96 with John Whitaker third on 85 points. Michael Whitaker is 11th on 51.
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