Day one of Lanaken sees Brits post clears in the first of the young horse qualifiers

The first raft of qualifiers took place at the hugely popular World Breeding Championships, Lanaken, on Thursday.

Double clears were all important in the seven-year-old, which boasted 189 entries in the strong, 1.40m class. David McPherson posted a double clear on Sirocco (pictured) to finish 24th, 4.28 sec behind the winner. Tim Wilks on Joker S and Alex Thompson aboard Cathalina were also double clear. Cressy Neads on Chinta Van Geluut Z had four faults in the second phase and Carron Nicol with Jaguar Van de Berghoeve had four faults in phase one.

Cressy jumped double clear in the first of the six-year-old qualifiers – where a massive 266 took part – on Freya to finish 42nd, just over five sec behind the winner. Also going double clear was James Billngton on Farrel VDL and British-based Frenchman Dan Delsart with Diamants Aurora (pictured). Michaela Webb and Eluci Gene, Tim Wilks on Kay and Joe Clee with Kandy Hof Ter Zeedycke all incurred four faults in the second phase, as did British Lithuanian Donny Janciaskas on Cool Scendy. Skye Higgin had four faults in the first phase on Etoile V Wijnhoeve , David McPherson with Carlosspri came home on seven and Alex Barr (Ferrara Durona) had eight.

Posting double clears in the five-year-old to take equal first were Lauren Edwards on Expresso 99, Anna Wilks with L Primero Di Gala and Carron Nicol on Galerius. Chloe Reynolds with Grenadier Volo and Lauren Edwards on Kesara had four faults. Kathryn Ellison’s Relentles picked up eight and Danielle Ryder with Grand Touched Numo nine. A total of 228 jumped.

In the Sires of the World, James Billington collected three faults on VDL Cartello and four with Baltic VDL. Belgium’s Jerome Guery won this 1.40m speed on Alicante.

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