Jack Whitaker, 15, is flying high in Mechelen. He built on his fifth place on day one to post victory in the Poels & Co 2* 1.40m with the Stakkato Gold 11-year-old Stakkato De Fee.
A total of 34 tackled the hotly contended speed class, with Jack guiding the Oldenburg gelding into a commanding three and half sec win.
Another young talent is also making his mark. Ireland’s Harry Allen is fast emulating his brother’s speedy style and headed the top pony class aboard Aughnashammer – a 2015 team gold pony European medallist for Britain’s Charlotte Ash until his sale when she came out of ponies. Harry and the scopey bay gelding topped the 1.30m speed by 0.15 sec.
Brother Bertram wasn’t as quick on this day, and finished fifth in the Samsung 5* 1.45m speed and handiness on the nine-year-old High Valley.
In the big class of the day, the 1.50m grand prix, Michael Whitaker came home on four faults in round one with Elie Van De Kolmen, failing to join the 11-strong jump-off. He was in good company, 15 of the 41 starters also made a single mistake over the 13-fence track to finish on four.
Germany filled the top two places, Holger Wulschner taking the win on BSC Cavity by 0.22 sec from Daniel Deusser and Sweet De Beaufour.
Joe Clee slotted the Contact Van De Heffinck eight-year-old Isolde V Heffinck into sixth in the Ifor Williams 2* 1.45m, 1.88 sec behind the winner.
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