William Funnell has to settle for second at Windsor

Brits were denied a win in Saturday’s classes at Windsor and had to settle for second in every class.

William Funnell had to concede the win in the Falcon Stakes 1.50m with the promising nine-year-old Billy Fanta (Billy Congo/Cevin Z) by more than two sec.

The USA’s Jessica Springsteen galloped to the top on Davendy S with beautifully executed turns at a relentlessly quick pace.

Michael Whitaker was the next best Brit in fourth on Baltimore VDM behind Switzerland’s third-placed Janiker Sprunger on Uptown Boy. Ben Maher and Diva took fifth with Scott Brash in seventh on Hello Annie.

Egypt’s Abdel Said came to the fore in the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King’s Cup 1.55m on Hope Van Scherpen Donder, beating Britain’s Ben Maher and the Quaprice Z/Jus De Pomme nine-year-old Don Vito to the top spot by 0.63 sec.

Only eight of the 29 starters provided a round one clear to access the jump-off, with four riders most unlucky to incur just one time fault in round one, including three Brits – Laura Renwick (Heliodor Hybris) and John Whitaker (Talisman De Mazure) finishing equal ninth and William Whitaker (Utamaro D Ecassines) in 12th.

Four double clears were produced with the USA’s star of Windsor 2016 Kent Farrington in third on Dublin. Ireland’s Billy Twomey netted sixth spot with clear and eight aboard Diaghilev.

British-based South African Charles Luyckx claimed his second win at Windsor in the amateur 1.35m accumulator. Winner of Friday’s speed stakes with Cicero, on this occasion Charles guided the 17-year-old Lightning 67 (LimbusNimmerdor) into the top spot with 0.83 sec to spare.

Nina Barbour was the nearest rival for second on another 17-year-old, Tracy Priest’s Chambertin gelding Calle with Russia’s Arina Abramovich in third with the only other maximum score aboard Quick Stepp. The USA’s Sophie Gracida took fourth two points down on Didante with Tony Pearson in fifth on Amadeus M.

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