John Whitaker is in the mix in Versailles

John Whitaker galloped into second in the 1.45m speed on day one at Versailles 5*, France, with Crumley. The Cassus nine-year-old answered John’s every question with relish to slot into the runner-up position, 1.10 sec behind the winner, Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and Status.

Florence Bellm jumped straight to the top with Southbound to head the 1* 1.15m, winning by half a sec.

Brits were on form and Tess Carmichael also recorded a win in the 1.25m on the Libero H 16-year-old Unique III. The pair claimed the two-phase class with 1.21 sec in hand.

In Drammen, Norway, Jess Dimmock eased the Cevin Z/Andiamo nine-year-old Billy Anderson into fourth in the 2* gold 1.35m with a double clear in the 67-entry class 2.58 sec behind the pace. James Shore rode the 12-year-old Eurocommerce Washington stallion Apart into fifth.

One time faults in the 1.45m speed put Jess and the Varo/Lancer nine-year-old Cybel II into 11th. Philip Spivey picked up four faults on the Romanov 11-year-old Smirnov for 17th.

In Mannheim, Germany, Leonora Smee clocked up a win in the 1.40m amateur on Waltons Top Flight, the Oklund 14-year-old taking a commanding victory with 11 sec to hand.

French-based Brit Alex Rident picked up fifth in the 2* 1.40m at Palaiseau in France, with the Chinta mare Come Back, finishing a little more than two sec behind the pace in the 38-strong class. Spain’s Antonio Marinas Soto slotted Cash and Go into sixth with Antonio’s partner Ellen Whitaker also double clear and in seventh aboard Hermes van de Vronbautshoeve.

Louise Alston jumped a steady clear in the 2* 1.30m with Doublet (Baloubet du Rouet/Pilot) for ninth spot 11 sec behind the pace.

And a steady double clear by Alex on Ucello Massuere in a hotly contended 1.35m could only take 18th place.

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