Charlotte Platt headed the 3* 1.45m on day one of week two of the Z tour at Lanaken, Belgium. Twenty-four tackled the two-phase competition, with Charlotte aboard Colien V, a Lupicor/Goodwill 10-year-old mare, jumping to the top to win with a 0.75 sec advantage.
Charlotte also contended the 1.50m speed, but four faults with Jenson 55 dropped them out of the running. Norway’s Amalie Hegre claimed victory on Remedy with just 0.09 sec to spare.
George Whitaker slotted the scopey 10-year-old Cavas Toftegard (Carano/Solos Landtinus) into fourth in the 85-strong 3* 1.35m two-phase with a double clear, finishing just 1.05 sec behind the winner. George also brought the nine-year-old Darius (Warrant/Calvados) into 10th with his brother James in 16th on Mersley Chakotay and 20th aboard Contendro Star. Spencer Roe also returned a clean sheet with Wonder Why.
Sam Hutton jumped into seventh on the nine-year-old mare Indra’s Twinkeling (Quadrillo/Caretano) in the 1.40m two-phase, finishing 2.80 sec behind the pace. Tim Wilks was also clear for 18th on Jezebel and Lee Williams (TJ Dynamic) and William Whitaker (Utamaro D Ecaussines) jumped easy rounds to return on one time fault apiece.
In the under 25 1.35m two-phase, Tim Wilks picked up a time fault on the 12-year-old Crisanta (Caretino/Ramiro) but it was still sufficient for eighth place. Anna Wilks also returned one time fault on Elizabeth for 11th place and Zoe Smith jumped for four faults on Que Sera III to drop to 23rd.
Sally Swiers guided the Lord Luis 10-year-old Millfield Long Socks into 14th in the 3* 1.30m speed with a steady clear. James Whitaker was also clear on the Mersley Mon Capatain eight-year-old Mersley Ezri for 20th.
Sarah Williams finished in sixth aboard the 10-year-old mare Calvaro Star in the 1* 1.25m two-phase, 3.68 sec behind the winning time. And in the 2* 1.25m, William Whitaker gave the 14-year-old Fandango an easy run to come home on two time faults for 15th.
Zoe Smith continued on her good form with the Bodinus six-year-old Garcia Lente to take sixth in the young horse 1.20m speed just over four sec in arrears of the winner. Jude Burgess slotted Gimona (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve/Chin Chin) into eighth and Lee Williams was also clear on Luanda for 22nd.
Several riders picked up one time fault in otherwise penalty-free rounds including Anna Wilks on La Force de Tamerville and l’Artiste de Toxandra, James Whitaker with Papillon and Tin Wilks aboard Glory Warrior.
Ellie Meager eased the 12-year-old Calato stallion Cassius III into sixth in the under 25 1.30m to finish eight sec in arrears. Siblings Tim and Anna Wilks on Shine and Undicci both picked up a time fault.
Arianna Kuligowski pushed the 11-year-old Coco Fino (Maximum Clearance/Touchdown) into fifth in the 1.15m speed, some seven sec behind the pace.
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