Louise Saywell dazzles in France

Louise Saywell bounced into form in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. Registering a win earlier in the day, she almost made it a double in the concluding feature 2* 1.45m grand prix, but in the event had to settle for second.

An initial entry of 36 contended round one with 10 clears accessing the jump-off with early drawn Louise setting a sizzling target on the big-striding, scopey nine-year-old Dassler (Douglas/Cassini II). But Frances Max Thirouin immediately found a shorter route on Utopie Villelongue to claim the win by 1.12 sec. Nigel Coupe guided the Ricardo Z/Clover Hill 14-year-old Golvers Hill into fourth a further three sec behind Louise. Four faults in round one dropped Shane Breen and Ipswich van de Wolfsakker out of the running and they took 16th.

Louise headed the 1.40m with Graham Ward’s Feigtling. Thirty-five contended this speed class with Louise and the Chicago Z/Darco 12-year-old claiming victory by 1.15 sec.

Shane Breen popped CSF Vendi Cruz (Ard Vivendi/Cruising) into third and four faults dropped Greg Taylor (Esunja) and Graham Lovegrove (Centolove) into 14th and 17th.

Shane eased Karen Swann’s Danique into fourth in the 1* 1.35m grand prix with an easy double clear to finish 1.39 sec behind the pace. Four faults in the 20-strong jump-off dropped Louise and Luigi to 16th.

And four faults in the second phase of the 1* 1.30m dropped Shane and Warratino from fifth to 14th.

Nigel Coupe eased Dragon into fifth in the 1.30m accumulator, finishing almost four sec behind the winning time. Greg Taylor was in contention on Daimler II until the Joker fell and dropped them to 21st.

A lowered pole at the first fence marred Georgia Tame’s otherwise penalty-free round on Colmar, and it dropped them to 14th in the 1.15m accumulator.

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