Laura Renwick is a winner in Valkenswaard

Laura Renwick posted a great victory at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard on the Diamant De Semilly nine-year-old Heliodor Hybris. The pair headed the 5* 1.45/1.50m speed by just 0.37 sec, but that fraction of a sec was good enough to win.

John Whitaker and Argento finished in seventh with Scott Brash in 13th with a steady round for three time faults on Hello Forever.

Laura was also in the frame in the 1.45m speed on the eight-year-old stallion Utrillo Du Breve, taking fifth. Mark Armstrong slotted Carlno into 17th on one time fault with Helen Tredwell (Larksong) and Sam Hutton (Cantaire O) on four faults.

But Laura’s luck ran out in the Grand Prix. Although Bintang jumped a first round clear, they dropped out of the running in the second round and finished 17th. Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson topped the six-horse decider on the fabulous 17-year-old stallion Casall ASK, winning 0.17 sec from the USA’s Laura Kraut on the Vingino/Manhattan nine-year-old Cavalia. Scott Brash and Ursula XII posted four faults in round one for 20th spot.

Rolf’s win now puts him in second on the leader-board, 25 points behind Australia’s Edwina Tops Alexander and eight points in front of third placed German Christian Ahlmann. John Whitaker is best Brit in 10th.

Mark was bang in form in the 2* 1.35m, claiming a handsome victory on the Baloubet Du Rouet 11-year-old Balougio III by 0.29 sec. Scott Brash gave the 10-year-old Hello M’Lady a steady run to jump clear but pick up one time fault.

Brits were in form in the six and seven-year-old final but still missed out on a win. Tim Wilks took second on hte Echo Van Het Neerenbosch six-year-old Kay 0.28 sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’ Marc Houtzager on Mr Europe.

Laura claimed third with Alothain De Blondel, a Newton De Kreisker/Heartbreaker six-year-old and Scott (Hello Mr President) and Anna Wilks (Knock Out Van’T Paradijs) took ninth and 10th with double clears.

Tess Carmichael took two of the top five places in the special invitational 1.35m with second on Unique III one sec behind the pace and fifth aboard Atlantis PP Z. Jane Davies eased Eclips Van Erpekom into third and Ella Popely took 14th on Coristar.

Abbie Summers posted a British win in the 1.25m speed on the Quality 11-year-old Quantas, winning by 0.97 sec. James Emblen and Skelwith Lady Deliliah incurred four faults to finish down the line.

In the 1.15m, James Pinkney was sixth on Picasso B with Abbie Summers on Ulievka De Breve in eighth and Alicia Store 10 th aboard Uriko Van Sint Antoniushoeve.

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