Annabel Shields hits Lier on form with a double of victories

Annabel Shields hit form in Lier with a double of victories. The big-jumping Wet Wet Wet galloped into the top spot of the 2* 1.40m grand prix qualifier. Seventy-three contended this two-phase class, and under Annabel’s guidance the Mr Blue/Royal Feu 14-year-old took the win by 1.40 sec.

William Whitaker also posted a double clear on the Baloubet du Rouet/Nabab de Reve 14-year-old Diablesse de Muze for 12th place. Jessie Drea returned clear and four on Javas Wild Child to drop to 20th.

Annabel also notched up a win in the six-year-old with the talented Gerona VH, a Bacardi VDL daughter she has produced from a four-year-old. They took the win in this speed class by 1.24 sec.

Joe Clee guided Duty Free III Z into fifth more than seven sec in arrears. And Joe also took sixth in the seven-year-old with Hennessy, again taking it easy to finish some six sec behind the winner.

Joe jumped into fourth in the 1.30m with the seven-year-old Thunder van de Zuuthoeve stallion Ferrari, 2.75 sec behind the pace, and also claimed ninth on Elize. Lee Williams also returned a clean sheet on the Balou du Rouet/Guidam seven-year-old Balulu for 13th.

Just 0.35 sec denied Annabel another win, on this occasion with the Cassini II/Casall eight-year-old My Casall in the 1.20m. Molly Andrews was close on her heels for third aboard Wilando B

Mark Bunting claimed third in the 1.35m, guiding Brennergraaf to finish 1.52 sec behind the winner, South Africa’s Oliver Lazarus – who was once based in Britian with David McPherson – on Louisiana MG.

In the 1.40m section B, Brits suffered with four-faultitus, Julie Andrews on Ayrton IV and Charlotte Platt with Jenson 55 and Flawless each having a rail down.

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