Jack Whitaker picks up another place at the Stephex Masters


At the Stephex Masters in Brussels, Jack Whitaker and the 15-year-old mare Native De Vesquerie finished fifth in a strong 2* 1.40m, four faults in the 11-horse jump-off dropping them from a possible second. Nina Barbour and Calle had four faults in round one.

Jack’s father Michael jumped a steady clear in the young horse seven and eight-year-old 1.35/1.40m speed on the promising Mylord Carthago seven-year-old Valmy De La Lande for 15th. Ben Maher finished just ahead in 12th on the Casall/Calvaro Z eight-year-old Cliff 67. Billy Twomey took 18th, also with a steady clear on the Diamant De Semilly seven-year-old Romany.

One time fault in round one kept Billy and Tin Tin off the top spot despite their quick clean round in the second round and the pair finished fourth in the 5* 1.50m. Three double clears filled the top three with Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels taking victory on Gancia De Muze.

A steady look-see round on Viking put Michael in 14th in the 5* 1.45m speed. Billy and Ardcolum Duke posted four faults for 19th place.

Jessica Mendoza and Zahra proved the fastest in the 2* 1.45m, but four faults in the 13-strong jump-off denied them the win and they dropped to fifth. James Davenport and the Cardento 12-year-old Tiger took ninth.

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