John Whitaker is best Brit in Monaco

John Whitaker was best Brit in Monaco, taking fourth in the Longines Gloal Champions tour grand prix du Prince du Monaco on Team Harmony’s Ornellaia.

Nine produced double clears to go forward into the jump-off, and it was all about the clock when six of these jumped a third clear. Italy claimed the top two, with Emanuele Gaudino taking the win by 0.73 sec on Caspar 232. Father and son took second and third. Casallo Z, the 12-year-old stallion son of Casall ASK, took second for Piergiorgio Bucci, and grand 17-year-old stallion Casall ASK was in third for Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson.

John and Ornellaia were 1.55 sec behind the winners. Scott Brash jumped a first round clear on Hello Guv’Nor but four faults in round two put them 12th with Laura Renwick just behind in 13th on Bintang, also on four in round two.

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann still leads by an impressive 40 points on the grand prix leaderboard from Edwina Tops Alexander. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson is now third nine points behind Edwina on 160 with Bertram Allen fourth on 154. John Whitaker is fifth on 154 points. Scott Brash is 18th on the list and Laura Renwick 30th.

Christian topped the 1.45/1.50m on Caruso speed. Laura Renwick was 10th with four faults on Heliodor Hybris with John Whitaker close behind in 11th on Lord of Arabia.

Alexendra Thornton finished fourth in the special invitational 1.40/1.45m on Quiletta du Domaine with Tess Carmichael seventh aboard Skara Glen’s Voltan H.

Leonora Smee was eighth in the 1.25/1.30m on River Dance Semilly with James Emblen in 13th and 15th on Radioaktiv and Askari’s Phantom. And Alicia Store took third in the 1.15/1.20m with Uriko Van Sint Antoniushoeve.

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