David Simpson certainly hit form at Eschweiler and the British-based Irishman took another win with the consistent Starfighter. The pair headed the diamond 1.40m speed, the Stalypso 11-year-old answering David’s every call to win by 1.76 sec. Fellow British-based Irishman Anthony Condon eased John Hales’ Zurich/Quickfeuer van Koekshof eight-year-old Zira VH Kapelhof Z into seventh. Jumping steadier clears was Louise Simpson and Jaffar de Bourguignon for 11th and Robert Whitaker’s Hicksteadt AEG in 14th.
Louise was in the mix in the big world ranking 1.50m two-phase, where 31 of the 54 starters jumped first phase clears. The second phase was fast and furious, with Louise slotting the 11-year-old Grafit (Kashmir van Schuttershof/Manhattan) into fifth to finish 2.15 sec behind the winner. Bertram Allen took a popular win on the eight-year-old Christy Junior from fellow Irishman Denis Lynch with echo de Laubry, 0.43 sec separating the two. Clear and four dropped Graham Gillespie and the home-bred Calvaro Z 10-year-old Celine to 26th.
Katinka Brogaard was just 0.08 sec off victory in the six-year-old 1.35m with Galveston G (Querly-Elvis/Lupicor) and had to settle for second. Germany claimed the win in the form of Markus REnzel and Cristella Z (Cristallo II/Coronados-Boy). Kate Whitaker posted a steadier double clear with Val de Vauxelles Z (Va Vite/Toulon) for eighth.
Anthony Condon rode into fifth in the 1.40m two-phase on the seven-year-old Friso (Azteca VDL/Phin Phin), 1.91 sec behind the winner. Graham Gillespie also returned a clean sheet on the Calvaro Z/Up to Date seven-year-old Calvaro’s Up to Date for 14th.
Jenna Palmer Evans was jumped a steady double clear in the ladies 1.30m two-phase for 10 th spot on the Quintero 11-year-old Ravello, five sec behind the pace. Flo Norris was right behind for 11th on Songe de Toscane. New Zealand’s Samanth McIntosh claimed victory on Lady Gaga 18.
Clear and four dropped Jenna to seventh and eighth in the five-year-old with Coolado Z (Cayado/Royal Bravour) and Charleston 69 (Con Polydor/Ehrentusch). Germany’s Felix Schneider took the win on Cazaan (Casall/Clarimo).
In the 3* Masters – a course, starting at 1.50m, of six fences including a double where each athlete selects one fence to be raised – South Africa’s Alexa Stais claimed the major prize of 3,500 euro after jumping clear each time on Chacco Top. The other seven riders had to settle for equal second and 500 euro apiece, including David Simpson on Chessy 17 and Robert Whitaker with Able Mable.
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