John Whitaker eased Leen OL into sixth in the opening EEM Trophy 1.45m speed at the Longines Hong Kong Masters. It was a steady round for the Berlin/Kannan nine-year-old mare, finishing more than six sec behind the winner, Spain’s Pilar Lucrecia Cordon on Coriana van Klapscheut.
William Whitaker also guided Ludwig Criel’s Diamant de Semilly 13-year-old Utamaro D Ecaussines into a clear round to take 13th.In the Hong Kong Jockey Club trophy 1.50m, William jumped a super clear on Fento Chin S but was one of three competitors to pick up one time fault in an otherwise penalty-free round. Nonetheless, it still qualified him for the jump-off as 12 of the 26 competitors went forward to round two. And the Chin Chin/Carthago 12-year-old provided a clear for William to finish on a total of one fault and take seventh spot.
John Whitaker returned on four faults with a fresh Ornellaia.
Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs claimed the win on Clooney, just 0.09 sec ahead of France’s Simon Delestre on Chesall Zimequest with Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano in third on Caspar.
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