Robert Whitaker is best Brit in Morocco


Robert Whitaker eased Cash Sent into third in the 3* world ranking 1.45m on the Royal tour of Morocco at El Jadida. Just five of 45 starters accessed the jump-off with initial clears and Robert was the steadiest of the double clears, finishing three sec behind the winner on the Verdi nine-year-old. Saudi’s Khaled Abdulrahman took the win on Dona Evita.

Four faults in round one prevented Australia’s Rowan Willis from contending the four-horse jump-off of the 1* 1.35m grand prix and he had accept fifth place on the Indorado mare Flow Girl.

In the concluding grand prix, both Rowan on Blue Movie and Robert with Catwalk came home on eight faults in round one.

In Cagnes sur Mer, France, James Emblen and Skelwith Lady Delilah, a Balou Du Rouet/Pachat II mare, took second in the 1* 1.35m. The pair made a valiant try for victory but proved 1.43 sec behind the winner.

Four faults in the 2* 1.45m dropped Dan Neilson and the Wolfgang/Indoctro gelding Newton Nickel out of the reckoning. Only seven from 61 posted clears to reach the jump-off, topped by France’s Laurent Guillet and Uhlan Okkomut.

In Le Mans, France, Alex Rident finished sixth in the 1.30m on the Diamant De Semilly nine-year-old Tabasco Des Gres, 1.40 sec behind the winner.

In the 1.15m, Tina Guppy took eighth on Domingo with Paul George on Lotus in 10th. Paul also took 10th in the 1.25m on the Uccello eight-year-old Unique.

Harry Bateman took fourth in the 1.15m in St Lo, France, on the Diamant De Semilly nine-year-old Venus Du Dun. British-based Frenchman Dan Delsart finished eighth on Drumin Jacko with Lucy Wood just behind in ninth aboard Cristiaan.

In Asten, Netherlands, Ashlee Harrison claimed fifth in the 1* 1.30m grand prix on the Contact Van De Heffinck/Clinton eight-year-old Caspar Z. The pair produced a double clear in the 10-strong jump-off, finishing three and a half sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Remco Been on Casper XXI.

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