John Whitaker is in the frame to maintain top position for Valkenswaard United in the Global Champio


John Whitaker and Argento teamed up with the USA’s Emily Moffitt on Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve as Valkenswaard United to take fourth in the Global Champions League of Valkenswaard. They posted a team total of eight, the legendary John jumping double clear and Emily coming home on fur in each round.

Alexandra Thornton (Charielle, four and clear) joined Jessica Springsteen (Tiger Lily, clear and four) as the Shangai Swans for fifth, also on eight but just one hundredth of a sec in arrears.

The Rome Gladiators – Laura Renwick on Heliodor Hybris and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli with Extra Van Essene – took 11th on 12 faults in round one.

Valkenswaard United remain at the top of the leaderboard, but their slender lead is vulnerable, just one and half points separating them from the Antwerp Diamonds. The Monaco Aces lie in third with the Rome Gladiators in fourth.

Four faults in the first round of the 1.55m dropped Laura Renwick and Bintang into 11th. Seven riders accessed the jump-off, won by Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts on H&M Harley V Bisschop.

Ireland claimed the top two in the 2* 1.45m, Darragh Kenny taking the win on Fixdesign Funke Van’t Heike by 0.31 sec over Bretram Allen’s Quarto Mail. Laura was best Brit in 18th on four faults in the round on the eight-year-old stallion Utrillo De Breve.

Helen Tredwell was just 0.45 sec behind the winner for third in the 2* 1.40m with her home-bred 11-year-old Vangelis S daughter Larksong. Sam Hutton was sixth in the 15-strong jump-off on Iloica V Bisschop. Scott Brash and the nine-year-old Hello M’Lord came home on one time fault in round one.

James Emblen posted victory in the special invitational 1.25m on Skelwith Lady Delilah, a Baloubet Du Rouet nine-year-old, winning by 2.82 sec. Abbie Summers eased Quantas into third.

Tess Carmichael claimed fourth and fifth in the special invitational 1.35m final on Unique III and Atlantis PP Z, 2.29 sec behind the winner.

Alicia Store netted second in the 1.15m on Uriko Van Sint Antoniushoeve, 3.38 sec behind the pace. James Pinkney took 11th on Picasso B.

Photos © Jumping Around & LGCT/Stefano Grasso

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