David and Louise Simpson feature on the final day at the Eschweiler Masters

David Simpson was in the mix in the Masters tour 1.50m grand prix, taking fourth on Keoki on the final day of the Eschweiler Jumping Festival.

Eleven of the 46 posted initial clears to access the jump-off with David easing the Catoki/Cassini I eight-year-old to finish four sec behind the winner. Ireland dominated, with David’s fellow countrymen taking the top two places, Bertram Allen – who surely set out as favourite with several wins under his belt – took the top spot on the Canto/Quantum nine-year-old GK Casper by 0.43 sec from Denis Lynch’s Echo de Laubry.

Robert Whitaker was also clear in round one but two rails on the floor in the jump-off dropped Catwalk to 10th. Graham Gillespie and the home-bred Calvaro Z daughter Celine stepped up to clear every fence in round one, but a time fault marred their performance and they finished in 12th. Graham, however, must be thrilled with this 10-year-old mare.

She’d been knocking on the door all through the tour, and finally Louise Simpson notched up a richly deserved win on Jaffar de Bourguignon. The Lord Z/Darco eight-year-old stepped up to top the gold tour 1.35m final under Louise’s expert guidance. Forty-two contended here, with Louise racing ahead to win by 0.53 sec.

Clear and four in the diamond tour 1.40m final put Anthony Condon and John Hales’ Zira VH Kapelhof Z into 12th. New Zealand’s Bruce Goodin took the win on Caltona.

And Felix McCartney picked up second place in the last-chance 1* 1.40m on the eight-year-old Quattro Z (Contendro I/Corofino I), finishing almost three sec behind the winner, Germany’ David Will on Crispo 2.

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