David McPherson is again best Brit in the second qualifier of the seven-year-old at the World Breedi

David McPherson – double clear on day one with Alan Burnell’s Sirocco – brought Balou Du Rouet/Guidam gelding into eighth in the second of the seven-year-old qualifiers at Lanaken’s world breeding championships, finishing three sec behind the winner in the speed class.

Alex Thompson was also clear on Cathalina while Carron Nicol repeated her day one four faults on Jaguar VD Berghoeve. Tim Wilks and Joker S also had four faults and Holly Brougham with Elvis returned on eight.

Skye Higgin jumped into 12th on the Eros Platiere mare Etoile V Wijnhoeve with a clear in the six-year-old speed three sec behind the winner. Jumping slower clears were Tim Wilks on Kay, Joe Clee with Kandy Hof Ter Zeedycke, Cressy Neads on Freya, James Billington on Farrel VDL, David McPherson aboard Carlosspri and British-based Frenchman Dan Delsart with Diamants Aurora. A mammoth 257 jumped in the class.

Posting clears to share first in the five-year-olds were Carron Nicol on the impressive Diamant De Semilly/Sandro Boy stallion Galerius, Chloe Reynold on the consistent Grenadier Volo, and Anna Wilks on L Primera Di Gala. Kathryn Ellison and Relentles returned four faults and Danielle Ryder on Grand Touched Numo had six. Lauren Edwards finished on eight with Expresso and nine with Kesara in the 228-strong class.

Four faults in the jump-off on both Baltic VDL and VDL Cartello dropped James Billington to 10 th and 11 th in the Sires of the World 1.50m grand prix. Winner yesterday, Belgium’s Jerome Guery maintained his 100% record to win again with the Casall/Indoctro 11-year-old Alicante in the 11-horse jump-off.

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