Nick Skelton's Rio preparation is working according to plan in Knokke

Nick Skelton continued on his Rio preparations with a steady clear for ninth in Knokke’s 3* 1.50m speed, won by France’s Simon Delestre. Charlotte Platt jumped round for four faults on a big step up for the eight-year-old Verdi stallion Jenson 55 and William Whitaker posted five faults on another promising eight-year-old, Neil Fiddes Vigaro gelding Dublin V.

William Whitaker took third in the five-year-old final on Luigi d’Eclipse, a Catoki/Calato gelding, 1.63 sec behind the pace. Emma Stoker also posted a double clear on the Cadensky mare Cool Cash for fifth. Emma’s second ride Shariva had four faults in the jump-off for eighth.

Emma also finished ninth on the 11-year-old Townhead Campus in the Silver 2* 1.45m. Aimee Jones was also double clear for 11th on Never Last.

Kayleigh Watts was seventh in the six-year-old final aboard Colton Playtime with a double clear more than seven sec behind the winner. Emma Stoker (Pembroke 3) and Cressy Neads (Freya) both returned on four in round one for 13th and 14th.

Nina Barbour claimed 13th on Douglas Delight in the Bronze 1* 1.25m, and Emma Stoker jumped a steady double clear on the Clinton six-year-old Cooper S to finish down the line. Ziv Tomer took third in the Bronze 1.10m on Quoit OR.

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