British-based Irishman Anthony Condon jumped straight to victory in the 5* 1.50m with Balzac in Lummen, Belgium.
A strong 66 initially contended this class, but such was the technicalities of the course only five posted first round clears to go forward to the jump-off. And Anthony was the sole rider to provide a double clear to win the class, Kat Taylor’s Oklund 11-year-old Balzac foot-perfect all the way.
British-based Swede Angelie von Essen posted a quicker time, by four faults marred her round on the For Pleasure 13-year-old Bydalens Qamaieu de Montsec and it put them into second. Four in round one dropped Richard Howley – another rIrishman based in Britain – and Calmond to 11th with Michael Whitaker suffering a similar fate for 14th on JB’s Hot Stuff.
Anthony guided Friso (Azteca VDL/Phin Phin) into third in the seven-year-old section A speed, crossing the line almost six sec in arrears of the winning time. Alice Palmer was also clear for eighth on Essenar Crixus (Luidam/Ard VDL Douglas) and a very steady clear put Michael Whitaker in 20th on the Dollar dela Pierre stallion Arlo de Blondel. Pippa Goddard claimed sixth in the seven-year-old B section with No Name, finishing 10 sec behind the pace.
In Hagen 4*, Germany, Billy Twomey jumped into third in the 60-strong 1.50m two-phase with Terry Payne’s Vangelis S 14-year-old Diaghilev, finishing 1.25 sec behind the winner, Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano on Carlotta 232.
In Drammen, Norway, James Shore picked up fifth in the 76-strong 3* silver small tour final 1.20m with the 11-year-old Calido 76 (Calido I/Acord II) just 0.67 sec behind the winner in a hotly contended class.
James also claimed sixth in the 3* silver big tour 1.30m on the Clinton/Concorde seven-year-old Contatour JP, finishing 4.63 sec behind the pace.
In Linz, Austria, one time fault prevented Alison Barton from joining the jump-off of the 75-entry 1.45m and it pushed Gaye Hartley’s Ukato/Ovidius nine-year-old Donata down to 15th.
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