John Whitaker is best Brit in Madrid's Global Champions Tour Grand Prix

Just one time fault in round two prevented John Whitaker and Argento from joining the eight-horse jump-off in the Longines Global Champions tour Grand Prix of Madrid, and they finished ninth.

Germany’s Marcus Ehning was foot-perfect to take the top spot on Pret A Tout from Abdullah Al Sharbatley’s Tobalio with Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar in third on Rokfeller De Pleville Bois Mar. Ireland’s Bertram Allen took fourth on Hector Van d’Abdijhoeve.

Winners yesterday, Laura Renwick and Bintang had four faults in round one and Ben Maher on new ride Untouched clocked up seven faults. Scott Brash and Hello Guv’Nor had eight.

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann still leads on the Grand Prix leaderboard by a long way with 186 points. John Whitaker is in second on 113 with The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders on 103, equal with Qatar’s Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani.

Laura and MHS Washington took third in the Enterprise 1.45m, 0.67 sec behind the winner, Germany’s David Will on Cento Du Rouet. Michael Whitaker and Daedalus Van T&I took ninth with his brother John and Lord of Arabia 12th. Ben Maher on new ride Cliff 67, a Casall/Calvaro Z eight-year-old, jumped a steady clear for 21st.

Alicia Store headed the 1.25m on the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve nine-year-old Capellini II with Jane Davies and Cipriani in fifth, and Tess Carmichael on Unique III took seventh in the 1.25m.

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