Robert Smith jumped into second spot in the 3* 1.40m at Liege, Belgium, on the Unaniem nine-year-old Cimano E. A total of 19 tackled the jump-off, with Robert finishing 2.15 sec behind the winner, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat on Concetto Son. Sam Hutton (Carita Gratia) and Nicole Pavitt (Unesca) came home on four faults apiece in round one.
Robert Whitaker was best Brit in the 3* 1.50m, just one time fault on Cash Sent holding him back from a jump-off chance and putting the Verdi nine-year-old in seventh position. Belgium’s Francois Mathy Jr topped the six-horse decider on Casanova De L’Herse.
Four faults in the seven-year-old 1.30/1.35m final jump-off pegged back Robert Whitaker and Brendon Stud’s home-bred seven-year-old Warrior stallion, the pair dropping from victory with the fastest time 0.67 to 10th. Top Swiss rider Steve Guerdat took the win on the seven-year-old Numero Uno stallion Jenkins Ter Doorn. Nicole Pavitt and Gemmarco 16 had four faults in round one.
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