Peter Maloney dominates in Bonheiden
Peter Maloney dominated the bigger classes on the third day in Bonheiden, but was denied a victory double by just 0.18 sec. The British-based Irishman was just a fraction of a sec away from winning the top-billed 1.45m with Calimero van’t Roth in the 55-strong class, but settled for second place on Team Harmony’s 15-year-old Darco gelding. Belgium's Yves Vanderhasselt claimed the win on Jeunesse.
Ben Walker jumped into sixth on the eight-year-old Roulette H with Charlotte Platt in eighth on the Cheers Cassini/Kigali nine-year-old Flawless. Clear and four put Ben Bick into 12th on the Zip Phin nine-year-old Ziprio in the 15-strong jump-off.
On four faults in round one was Olivia Gent (Lord Thuder), Helen Tredwell (Larksong) and delighted Step up to Gold members jumping their first world ranking class Michaela Huntington (Alegro Z) and Rachael Connor (Zaha).
Peter jumped to the top in the 1.40m speed with Ghana, taking the win on 11-year-old Vigo d’Arsouilles/Cash mare by just 0.20 sec in a hotly-contended 36-strong class. Belgium’s Christophe Vanderhasselt took second on Caroline T Z. Ben Bick was best Brit on four faults for 12th with the 10-year-old Mr Blue/Corland stallion Colour Blue, the one mistake dropping them from a possible third. Also on four was Phillip Miller in 15th on Da Vinci and Helen Tredwell’s Sebastian in 17th.
Brits filled the top two places in the five-year-old grand prix, Danielle Ryder landing victory with the eye-catching Emerald van’t Ruytershof stallion Escape Z with 0.80 sec to spare. Michaela Huntington guided the Spartacus-stallion High Five into second in the five-horse decider. Four faults in round one put Ben Bick in seventh with Chacco Star and Danielle took eighth with second ride Hypromesse on five faults.
One time fault in round one denied Helen Tredwell and Fidibus a jump-off chance in the six-year-old and put them 11th. Four faults put Michaela and Gina Tojka S into 14th and Kyra Vanstone was 15th aboard Airo 55.
Cordelia Warburton and the Ustinov 11-year-old Brownson M took sixth in the 1.10m on clear and four, and Samantha Gibbins claimed 13th in the 1.20m speed on the 16-year-old mare Copacabana B with a steady clear.
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