Laura Mantel is best Brit in the grand prix of Bonheiden

Laura Mantel was best Brit in Bonheiden’s 1.45m grand prix, taking sixth in a hot, competitive class with Liz Howes’ home-bred Glory B V.

A total of 55 started with 11 providing first round clears. The jump-off was hot and fast wth six riders again going clear. Spain’s Pilar Cordon was the quickest with Armani de Maraichers to take victory. Laura took a sensible route on the nine-year-old Glory B, who only moved up to this level this year, and was six sec in arrears.

There were plenty of ‘big names’ behind them, including Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts, Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca and The Netherlands’ Vincent Voorn. Britian’s Bumble Thomas was unlucky not to join those in the jump-off, Ciandro coming home on just one time fault and William Whitaker posted four faults with Dublin V.

William topped the seven-year-old by 0.62 sec with the Clearway/Accord stallion Justin VD Zandhoeve.

“He jumped amazing,” said William.

One time fault pushed Kathryn Ellison into 10th on Bayjing.

Jessica Botham rounded off the final day at Bonheiden with a win on Utah’s Utopia, winning the 1.20m by 0.29 sec ahead of fellow Brit Kathryn Ellison and Hanleen Sultis. Chelsea Moult was also double clear for 16th on Corfu with Laura and Esgracia 18th.

Julie Whibley netted second in the 1.10m with Harlequin Joe, just over two sec behind the winner. Charlotte Lee and Hillviewfarm Fergus took fourth.

William jumped a nice double clear on new ride, the 13-year-old mare Diablesse De Muze, to take 17th in 2* 1.35m. Charlotte Lee and Zarina were slightly slower for 19th. Eight faults in the second round dropped Leonora Smee on Waltons Top Flight and Bumble Thomas with Aramis down the line in the 72-strong class.

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy William Whitaker