Arena UK Winston shows promise for Ellen Whitaker

Ellen Whitaker guided the promising Arena UK Winston around his first 2* 1.45m grand prix to take a very creditable third place in Barcelona. Only seven of the 36 starters reached the jump-off, and Ellen on the Waldo Van Dungen/Hamilton Tropics seven-year-old finished just 1.05 sec behind the winner, Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan on Joanne Sloan-Allen’s Suma’s Zorro.

Grace Barton took third in the 1.25m aboard Inky, a Darco 13-year-old mare, just 0.56 sec behind the winner, Spain’s Gonzalo Busca Roca on Paprika Gesmeray. Forty-three contended this speed class, with 13 riders producing clears.

Ellen provided a quick time in the 1.35m accumulator on Fleur, but the Joker toppled to drop them from a possible third to out of contention in 36th in the 55-strong class.

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