William Whitaker is in the mix in Maastricht

William Whitaker claimed seventh in the Audi 3* world ranking 1.50m with Utamaro d Ecaussines. William is still in the ‘getting-to-know-you’ stage with Ludwig Criel’s 12-year-old Diamant De Semilly stallion Utamaro – previously ridden by fellow Brit Joe Clee – but they put in a good performance here after jumping a steady clear the day before for 15th in the 1.40m speed.Only nine of the 42 starters jumped clear in round one with penultimate drawn Jerome Guery for Belgium claiming the win on Papillon Z. A rail down in the jump-off for William and Utamaro dropped them down the line on this occasion, but there is plenty more to come from this new partnership.

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