Millie Allen and Guy Williams are in the mix on day one at Lummen

Millie Allen and the feisty, ever-eager little stallion Balou Star hit form on day one at Lummen, Belgium, to take second in the 2* 1.40m speed section one. The Balou du Rouet/Quick Star 12-year-old finished 2.51 sec behind the winner, Canada’s Eric Lamaze on Thalis du Roque.

Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat eased Dioleen into third just ahead of British-based Irishman Derek McCoppin on the Indoctro 13-year-old Zaire. Posting steadier clears on an easy first run out was Ireland’s Michael Duffy on Castleforbes Violette for 20th and Michael Whitaker slotted Cassionato in 22nd.

The Brits couldn’t quite take a win, but they were consistent – Guy Williams also claimed second place in the section two 1.40m. He guided the 15-year-old Casper de Muze to break the beam 1.41 sec in arrears of winner Czech’s Emma Augier de Moussac and Copia. James Davenport jumped into eighth on the nine-year-old One Endeavour (Voltaire/Nimmerdor) and Deborah Jackson claimed 11th with the Cassini I/Caligula II 13-year-old Cassino. Also jumping steadier clears was Graham Gillespie on London AJM and Michael Whitaker’s Cherryfras de Rialfo Z for 16th and 18th.

Anthony Condon slotted Friso (Azteca VDL/Phin Phin) into second in the seven-year-old section one, 2.62 se behind the winner. Fellow British-based Irishman Paul Kennedy eased Destiny Second Life Z (Diamant de Semilly/Cassini I) into third.

In the section two seven-year-old, Pippa Goddard and No Name jumped clear for 12th with Graham Gillespie and Calvaros Up to Date returning just one time penalty to finish down the line.

India Payne picked up sixth in the 1.20m speed on the Naples/Concorde seven-year-old mare Nijntje Z, finishing 4.74 sec behind the pace.

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