International round-up, Brits Abroad: Mark Bunting is in grand prix form in Aachen

Mark Bunting hit form in Aachen, Germany, taking second in the 2* big tour Ashford Farm 1.45/1.50m grand prix on Brennergraaf.

Only eight of the 56 starters returned first round clears, although a fairly restrictive time saw seven clear every fence but pick up time faults. Mark was one of the elite eight on the Quasimodo Z 11-year-old, and posted another good clear to finish two sec behind the winner, Chinese Taipei Isheau Wong and Zadarijke. Dominic Webb and Whin Whin came home on five in round one for 19th place.

Mark also claimed fourth with the Baroncelli/Landfriese I 14-year-old Bocelli II in the 1* 1.35m, 0.95 sec behind the pace in the 61-strong two-phase class.

In La Baule 5*, France, Shane Breen claimed fifth on Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker in the 1.45m two-phase, the Carembar De Muze/Quick Star nine-year-old finishing 1.67 sec behind the winner, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann on Chacanno.

Ricki Hill came to the fore in the 1.45m grand prix in Kronenberg, the Netherlands, taking sixth with a double clear on Bengtsson. Sixteen of the original 58 produced clears to ake for a hot jump-off, with the Kojak/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 11-year-old Bengtsson finishing 4.67 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Katrin Eckermann and Dukendy.

James Billington slotted the nine-year-old Cardento/Nimmerdor stallion Dakar VDL into eighth in the 48-strong 1.35m.

Clear and four dropped James and the eight-year-old stallion Mr Pleasure VDL (Mr Blue/For Pleasure) down to 12th in the 1* 1.30m.

Jaime Marsh picked up ninth on the Berlin seven-year-old Assira in the 58-strong 1* 1.20m, four sec behind the winner in the 18-horse jump-off.

In Redefin, Germany, Jake Saywell slotted Wietvot eight-year-old Endvot into seventh in the 3* 1.40m final, five sec behind the winner.

Jake picked up 11th in the youngster tour 1.40m seven and eight-year-old final on Fantastico C, the Eldorado Van De Zeschoek/Damiro seven-year-old , jumping for clear and four.

Photos © Jumping Around