Nicole Pavitt misses out on a win by a fraction in France

Nicole Pavitt was only a little over half sec away from winning the world ranking 1.45m in Maubeuge, France, and had to settle for the runner-up spot on Shahenaz.

Twenty of the 57 starters returned initial clears to access the jump-off, with Nicole and the Chellano Z daughter Shahenaz – joint winner of the six-bar 24 hours earlier – posted an ultra-quick round over the substantial track. But France’s Jerome Hurel found a slightly shorter route to take the win on Ohm de Ponthual and relegate Nicole by 0.61 sec.

Laura Renwick provided a steadier clear on Top Dollar VI for seventh with Tim Stockdale immediately behind in seventh on Tornado des Monts. Jemma Kirk’s Carbani dropped out of the running with four faults in round one.

Nicole was also best Brit in the world ranking 3* 1.60m grand prix, taking seventh on Areeb OL. From the original field of 50, 14 gained access to the jump-off with Nicole in the mix, but four faults in round two dropped the Cornet Obolensky daughter Areeb down the line. Jemma endured a four-fault day and a rail on the floor dropped Quelisto to 18th place.

Lance Whitehouse eased the Cartano-sired Cartino III into fourth in the table C speed. Most unusually, the top four all had a rail down, but their ultra-fast pace pushed them ahead of the clears even with four seconds added. Lance was 2.39 sec behind the winner, France’s Edward Levy on Quina. Laura Renwick posted a steadier clear on MHS Washington for seventh.

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