Michael Whitaker applies the heat with Hot Stuff
Michael Whitaker came to the fore in Antwerp’s concluding, top-billed 5* 1.55m grand prix, taking home a BMW car and cash to the tune of 21,150 euro. A very good day at the office.
Only 10 of the 41 starters posted initial clears – John Whitaker most unlucky after conjuring a jumping clear round from Cassinis Chaplin only to pick up one solitary time fault. He was one of four with one time fault, but with the quickest first round time of the four he scraped into the jump-off. His nephew William Whitaker was not so lucky, he also posted one time fault on Utamaro D Ecaussines but his time left him out of the 11 going forward to round two and he finished in 13th.
John opted for a steady clear in round two and picked up another time fault to total two and claimed ninth spot. But his brother Michael was still in the running, and he made short work of the substantial raised track on Jayne Bean’s home-bred Locarno 62/Cavalier Royale 11-year-old JB’s Hot Stuff, risking a gallop down the final line to post a 0.37 sec win.
Germany’s Daniel Deusser had to settle for second with the Cornet Obolensky 14-year-old Cornet d’Amour with last to go Piergiorgio Bucci for Italy on Casallo Z in third.
John was just 0.90 sec off the pace in the morning’s 5* 1.45m two-phase with the Cassus nine-year-old Crumley. The pair had to settle for second behind Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano on Jasper P d’15. William Whitaker also returned a clean sheet on the 12-year-old Fento Chin S (Chin Chin/Carthago Z) for ninth.
Nina Barbour posted a double clear in the nine-strong 1* 1.30m jump-off to finish fourth on Tracy Priest’s Chambertin/Lord Calando 17-year-old Calle, 2.78 sec behind the pace.
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