Brits Scott Brash and Ben Maher featured strongly in Shanghai.
In the 1.55/1.60m speed – which also counted towards the second round of the Global Champions league round two – the two were in the mix.
Scott jumped into third on the Indoctro/Baoubet du Rouet 11-year-old Hello M’Lady to finish three sec behind the winner, France’s speedy Roger Yves Bost on Pegase du Murier.
Ben was close behind in fourth aboard the nine-year-old Don Vito (Quaprice Z/Jus de Pomme) and John Whitaker posted a tactically steadier round with Team Harmony’s 12-year-old Ornellaia for 11th.
John’s plan almost paid off and, with team-mate Jos Verlooy on Caracas as the Hamburg Diamonds, they finished in second place in the Global Champions league with a zero score. However, they were almost six sec behind the winners – Paris Panthers Jack Towell (Lucifer and New York) and Darragh Kenny’s Charly Chaplin S.
Ben Maher’s London Knight’s team took third. Ben and Don Vito supplied a double clear and team-mates Eduardo Menezes returned four in the first round but Kent Farrington bounced them up the order in round two with a clear on Creedance.
After three legs, Valkenswaard United lead with 74 points from the London Knights on 68. The St Tropez Pirates are in third on 60 points and the Hamburg Diamonds lie in fourth on 56.
Four faults in the first round dogged the British in the Longines grand prix of Shanghai, Scott and Hello M’Lady finishing eighth and John aboard Ornellaia in 11th.
Only four of the 25 returned initial clears to reach the jump-off, topped by Itay’s Lorenzo de Luca on Ensor de Litrange LXII with a 1.31 sec advantage over the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Verdi TN NOP. Italy’s Alberto Zorzi produced a faster time on Fair Light van’t Heike but a rail on the floor put them third with Gregory Wathelet fourth aboard Coree. One time fault kept the Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders out of the jump-off and he took fifth on Don VHP Z – produced in Britain by Louise Simpson (nee Pavitt) for the Brendon Stud.
At this early stage, Lorenzo tops the leader-board on 100 points with Maikel in second on 89 and Scott stands third with 75 points.
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