Alex Barr doubles up in Valkenswaard

Alex Barr doubled up in Valkenswaard with two wins. Alex and the Kojak/Manhattan 11-year-old Bettilina headed the 1* 1.35m by 0.76 sec in the 30-strong class. Jodie Maher was two sec behind for fourth on the Darius eight-year-old Editor and Emma Shingles took ninth on Mirdads Hawa.

And Alex topped day two’s 1.35m with Queen Bee JX, a Quicksilber/Couleur Rubin 10-year-old, by the narrowest of margins – just 0.07 sec. Jodie Maher and Editor finished in fourth, 1.83 sec in arrears.

Caroline Breen was another to post a victory double, winning both 1* 1.10m and 1.15m classes on Kilmastulla Douglas. On day one, Caroline topped the 1* small tour 1.10m, the Ard VDL Douglas 12-year-old winning with more than two sec in hand. Jessica Mendoza finished sixth on NP Zelah and 10th aboard Sam De Bacon with Sean Curran in eighth aboard Enzo.

And she repeated the feat on day two in the 1.15m speed, taking victory by 0.88 sec. Jessica eased NP Zelah into fourth.

Cressy Neads was best Brit in day two’s 1.45m grand prix qualifier with the Kannan nine-year-old Elton II, taking eighth spot in the 56-strong speed class, seven sec behind the pace. A fast four faults dropped Michael Duffy down to 12th on Castleforbes Talitha.

Scott Brash popped the eight-year-old Cademuir (Sebastian III/Concorde) into second in the 2* 1.35m, 2.08 sec behind the winner. Tim Wilks was seventh on Crisanto and Cressy Neads also posted a double clear for eighth on Chinta Van Geluut Z.

Ben Maher eased the eight-year-old Explosion W (Chacco Blue/Baloubet Du Rouet) into second, 0.84 sec behind the pace, in the 2* 1.40m. Amy Inglis pushed Wishes into ninth and Scott jumped easy rounds on the eight-year-old Mr President for 13th.

Ben also picked up fifth in the 2* 1.35m on the eight-year-old Erina in an 18-strong decider.

Emily Moffitt claimed second in day two’s 1.40m on the 13-year-old Zagerhorn, 1.68 sec behind the winner in the 11-strong jump-off.

Four faults in the first day’s 17-strong 2* 1.45m jump-off dropped Ireland’s Trevor Breen into 10th on the Lord Z 10-year-old Bombay.

Mark Armstrong claimed third in the five-year-old on Cinini II JJ Z (Crown Z/Chin Chin), finishing two sec behind the pace. Tim Wilks posted one time fault for 10th on Elton Van Het Exelhof Z (Elvis Ter Putte/Cassini I). Three time penalties put Alex Barr on Havall and Tim with second ride Hocus Pocus in 13th and 14th.

British-based Irishman Michael Duffy eased Au Top Des Luthiers (Quaprice Boimargot/Voltaire) into seventh in the seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase. Stuart Neads was close behind for eighth on Freya (Baltic VDL/Numero Uno) and Ben Maher took 10th on Conthargos-sired Concona.

On day two’s seven-year-old, Ben eased Concona into third with Mark Armstrong’s Fabienne (Alba 69/Calido I) in fourth.

Amy Inglis picked up 10th in the six-year-old 1.30m speed with a steady clear on the Diamant De Semilly-sired Zarina De Vidau. Sam Hutton finished in 16th on one time fault aboard Godess Hero Z.

Camilla Bingham jumped into fifth on the Kannan 10-year-old Billy Belle in the 1* 1.20m, 4.65 sec behind the pace. Alex Barr rode into seventh on the seven-year-old Falco.

And Camilla on Billy Belle took fifth in day two’s 1.25m speed, 10 sec behind the pace. Alex Barr and Falco were slightly slower for seventh and Jess Mendoza posted three time penalties for 11th on Cool Cartani.

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