Ben Walker steps up to be best Brit in Bonheiden

Ben Walker successfully stepped up to the 1.45m small grand prix in Bonheiden to finish as best Brit in fifth place on Roulette H.

Twenty-one of the 59 starters jumped clear to make a hot jump-off, and 15 jumped clear again. It was all about the clock. Ben provided a quick clear on the Moschino eight-year-old to slot into fifth three sec behind the winner, Switzerland’s Kaya Luithi on Caramia 25.

William Whitaker was the only other British contender in round two and picked up 13th with a steady double clear on the Lord Z/Carthago nine-year-old Ilusionata van’t Meulenhof. On unlucky four faults in round one was Helen Tredwell (Larksong) and Ben Bick (Zipiro).

Helen Tredwell jumped into second in the 1.40m with Colin and Ann Garrett’s Sebastian VII.

A total of 40 tackled this speed class, and although Helen posted a quick time with the Unbelievable Darco/Animo 11-year-old, they couldn’t catch Peter Maloney. The British-based Irishman galloped ahead to win by an incredible 3.83 sec on Team Harmony’s Diamant de Semilly 14-year-old Polinska des Isles.

Phillip Miller brought Brendon Stud’s 11-year-old Sussex Caretino (Caretino Glory/Hamilton) into sixth with William Whitaker in ninth on the Zurich eight-year-old Junior van het Hulst and Olivia Gent 10th aboard Rumers Cascari.

Danielle Ryder and her ultra-consistent Emerald van’t Ruytershof stallion Escape Z walked away with the leading five-year-old title in Bonheiden’s spring tour. Winner of the grand prix last week, the pair posted a win and a second this week, and ended the tour with a second place in week two’s grand prix. Just 0.30 sec denied them a second grand prix victory, but Danielle is thrilled with the performance of this eye-catching chestnut.

“He’s had an unbelievable show,” said Danielle, who stand this stallion this spring with fresh, chilled and frozen on offer.

Ireland’s Tom Slattery denied them the win, taking victory on Hauform. Five faults in round one dropped Ben Bick and Chacco Star to 14th.

Amy Inglis posted the steadiest of the double clears in the six-year-old for 10th on the Diamant de Semilly mare Zarina de Vidau. On four in the second round, Katinka Brogaard claimed 13th with Galveston G and Danielle Ryder slotted Grand Touched Numo into 14th.

Lulu Warren slipped into fourth in the 1.20m speed on the Condios 13-year-old Zeitgeist M2S 3.46 sec behind the pace. Emma Shingles porved steadier on Mirdads Hawa for 12th in the 56-strong class.

Lulu also picked up third in the 1.10m two-phase on the Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve nine-year-old Dera B, almost four sec in arrears of the winning time. Also double clear, Emma on Torino finished in fifth place.

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