Tim Wilks jumps a Nations Cup double clear to help Britain to third in Falsterbo


Britain took equal third with The Netherlands and Brazil in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on a total of eight faults, two fences behind winners Switzerland on an impressive zero score.

In round one, only Tim Wilks provided a British clear with the 12-year-old Quelbora Merze. The other three, pathfinder Tim Stockdale – who was first to go as Britain got the disadvantageous opening draw – and Fleur De L’Aube, Emma O’Dwyer with HHS Figero and anchor Joe Clayton aboard Conman JX, all returned on four faults each.

Sweden, Switzerland and Brazil led at the halfway stage on zero with Britain’s eight faults in fifth behind Netherlands on four. But Team GBR fought back hard in round two to come home on zero, with Tim Wilks jumping a second clear, so their final total was eight.

Switzerland held their superiority with another zero for round two, their fourth rider not needing to start in either round. Sweden marred their first round clear with four in round two for second. Netherlands added another four to their first round four for eight and Brazil had eight in the second round to share third with Britain.

Anthony Condon and the Hales family's home-bred Arko son Aristio jump double clear

Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam (Chaqui Z), Darragh Kenny (Go Easy De Muze), Anthony Condon on Aristio – who provided a double clear – and Shane Breen (Golden Hawk) jumped clear in round two, but their round one 13 faults dropped them to sixth.

Yazmin Pinchen finished fourth with the 13-year-old Van De Vivaldi in the 1.45m speed, 1.57 sec behind the winner, Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson on H&M Cassius Clay. Joe Clayton brought Cally into sixth.

Tim Stockdale was fifth in the Agria Trophy 1.45m Derby qualifier on the Cartier Van De Heffinck 12-year-old Erasmus Van De Heffinck, just behind British-based Irishman Billy Twomey aboard Terry Payne’s home-bred Vangelis S 13-year-old Diaghilev in fourth. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam on Cyklon claimed victory.

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