William Funnell is in the money in Le Touquet


William Funnell eased the Billy Congo daughter Billy Cool into third in the 3* 1.40m speed in Le Touquet, France.

Thirty-five contended here, with William finishing 1.94 sec behind the pace. Laura Renwick popped the selle Francais Utrillo de Breve just 0.03 sec behind for fourth.

David Simpson slotted Chessy 17 into fourth in the 53-strong 1.40m, 1.47 sec behind the winner in the 19-horse decider. Coming home on clear and four was Louise Simpson with The Jeweller and Nicole Pavitt’s Shahenaz for 13th and 14th and Laura took 15th aboard Bintang II.

Laura picked up 10th in the seven-year-old final on Alothain de Blondel with four faults in round one, and Shane Breen was 12th aboard Colmar.

And Shane claimed seventh in the 1.40m Derby on Brendon Stud’s For Pleasure stallion Fabrice van Overis.

Julie Slade jumped a steady clear in the 1* 1.25m speed to take 11th on the Verdi-sired Nicholas 55. Anja Jackson picked up one time fault on No Time for 19th. Julie also finished fifth in the amateur 1.15m group B on Billy Gogo, five sec behind the winner. And Anja was ninth in the 1* 1.30m aboard Liberty 348.

A steady round in the amateur 1.15m speed put Caroline Breen into 13th with the Ard VDL Douglas son Kilmastulla Douglas.

In Palaiseau, France, Ellen Whitaker claimed second in the 2* 1.40m small grand prix with Evita. Forty took part but only five initial clears were produced, Ellen and the Arezzo VDL daughter finishing 2.60 sec behind the winner, Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan on Limelight de Breve – a former speedy partner of Laura Renwick.

Ellen’s partner, Spain’s Antonio Marinas Soto, scored just one time fault on Diamondloma for sixth spot.

Earlier in the day, Ellen slotted Evita W into seventh in the 1.35m table C speed more than nine sec behind the winner. A rail on the floor for Antonio and Cocobanta added four sec to their time for ninth and Louise Alston took 12th on Mack the Knife.

Four faults in the 1.40m speed dropped Ellen and the Vigo d’Arsouilles-sired Hermes van de Vrombautshoeve into ninth.

Louise Morley eased Simon Nicholson’s former Foxhunter champion Marcolas G into fourth in the 1.25m with a double clear, one and half sec behind the winner.

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