William funnels Billy Cool into a win in France

William Funnell raced ahead in the hotly-contended 54-strong 1.35m two-phase in St Lo, France, to take victory by just 0.03 sec on the Billy Congo/Kannan 10-year-old Billy Cool.

Guy Williams slotted the Verdi/Guidam eight-year-old Santa Cruz into fifth only 0.35 sec in arrears and Holly Miller picked up 14th on HHS Dramarko. Also posting double clears was Dale Burnham on Doriena and Tim Stockdale’s Tornado des Monts for 18th and 19th respectively.

British-based Australian Rowan Willis topped the initial 2* 1.30m speed with the 10-year-old Wittinger VDL daughter Doulita, taking victory by half a sec. Yazmin Pinchen is back in the saddle following the birth of her first child and claimed fifth with Dominant H. Declan Irvine slotted Mystic Independence into ninth with William Funnell’s Billy Fanta 10th and Tim Stockdale was also clear on Abelardo E Z for 14th spot.

British-based Frenchman Dan Delsart headed day one’s 1.25m two-phase with a flying round on the Jack of Diamonds/Cruising eight-year-old Drumin Jacko. Charlotte Geddes was 0.69 sec behind the pace for second on the nine-year-old Vitaal G daughter Paradise G. Gillian Anderson was close on her heels for third aboard Congeniality B and also picked up ninth on JJ’s Prince CH. Julie Slade claimed 12th aboard Nicholas 55 and Declan Irvine's fast four dropped Keeford Carousel into 18th.

Dan picked up third in day one’s 1* 1.30m speed on his 14-year-old long-term campaigner Mayspring (pictured), 3.79 sec behind the winner. Guy Williams riding Mr Blue Sky UK and Clare Reynolds on Dollards Abu Dhabi CJS and Greetj gave their horses an easy trip first time out to come home clear but out of the money. And Dale Burnham jumped a similarly easy clear in the 1.40m on Romanella Gold.

Declan (seen her on Mystic Independence) claimed second in day two’s 1* 1.25m on the nine-year-old Keeford Carousel (Harlequin du Carel/Clover Hill) just over three sec behind the winner. Dan slotted Drumin Jacko just behind in third with Gillian Anderson sixth on JJ’s Prince Chaccomo and Julie Slade was eighth with Nicholas 55.

Dan also picked up 11th on Derryn Rolfe’s Dashville de l’Herbius, just behind his British-based French pupil Thelma Biancardi on Allenstown Luidam. Also jumping clear was Dale Burnham on Genesis N for 14th and Clare Reynolds in 19th aboard Greetje.

Hannah Meadway made her first International show a winning one with victory in the amateur 1.10m accumulator on the eight-year-old All Time, but had to share the spoils with Belgium’s Stephanie Stordeur on Fringant du Cavalaire when they posted exactly the same time.

Sophie Currie was a winner on day one, heading the amateur 1.10m in flying style with ther Verdi/Concorde 10-year-old Condor, taking the win by 3.34 sec. Hannah claimed third on All Time and Carla Rolfe netted seventh aboard Talis du Montois.

And Hannah Smith made it a hat-trick for the lady amateur riders with a win in the 1.15m on the 11-year-old Billy Butter (Billy Congo/Clover Hill), claiming this speed class by 0.48 sec. Clare Reynolds and Pikachu came home on four faults for 14th.

Skye Higgin finished fourth in day two’s 50-strong young horse 1.30/1.35m speed on Etoile VD Wijnhoeve Z, 2.85 sec behind the pace. Four faults dropped Declan Irvine down to 23rd on Fendiela.

Yazmin quickly got back into the swing of competition after six months away but picked up a frustrating time fault in day two’s 1.45m on Van de Vivaldi to finish 14th. France’s Julien Epaillard took the win by 2.59 sec on Cristallo A LM.

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