Robert Whitaker takes the Lausanne grand prix in a British whitewash


Britain dominated the top-billed, 5* grand prix in Lausanne, Switzerland, taking the top three places.

A difficult track, which saw one elimination and eight that retired out of the 49 starters, witnessed only three round one clears, but the scores counted over two rounds – luckily for Britain. Robert Whitaker and Catwalk incurred one time fault, as did Emma O’Dwyer on HHS Figero while William Funnell with Billy Congo came home on four.

And round two was just as difficult. The three initial clears fell by the wayside, the best – Sweden’s Douglas Lindelow on Zacremento – posted a steady four faults for fourth.

But the Brits came surging forward. Robert was the quickest on the Colman 13-year-old Catwalk to take the win.

“What can I say, I’m over the moon with him,” said Robert.

Emma came home with another time fault to total two with the Guidam/Cavalier Royale 10-year-old Figero – but it was sufficient for second. And William didn’t add anything to his initial four fault score for third with the 15-year-old stallion Billy Congo.

Robert picked up one time fault in the 5* 1.45m speed with the Verdi nine-year-old Cash Sent to drop to 14th place. Williams had four faults on Billy Angelo for 17th.

Photo © Longines

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