James Loffet hits immediate form in Lier with new ride Zandokan H

James Loffet hit immediate winning form at the three-day veterans meeting in Lier, Belgium, to clock up a 100% record with hat-trick of wins with new ride Zandokan H.

Confidently tackling day one’s grand 1.20m track, James claimed victory by 0.96 sec with the speedy Oklund 13-year-old Zandokan H, a prolific winner both at home and abroad for Chloe Winchester. James also returned home with a clean sheet on character 1243 for 10th.

And the winning continued, James and Zandokan topping the grand tour speed to win by 0.21 sec and collecting sixth place aboard Character.

But James left the best until last, taking charge in the Europa Cup large tour grand prix to win with the ultra-consistent Zandokan with almost a sec to spare. Clear and four put Catherine Fowdrey and Emalia in ninth and Lynda Birke picked up 11th on Dalusha Z.

James also claimed third in the final day’s medium tour accumulator on the Nonstop 12-year-old Falline, scoring maximum points and finishing 1.58 sec behind the pace. Catherine Fowdrey jumped straight to the top in the medium tour 1.15m two-phase on the eight-year-old Prince of Leon, claiming the win by 0.33 sec. Anne Berry slotted Urio into sixth and Lynda Birke was also double clear with Dalusha Z and Doretha for 13th and 14th. James Loffet was right behind for 15th on Character 1243 and also jumped Feline and Zandokan H for clear and four.

Catherine also picked up fourth in day one’s 1.10m two-phase on Chellano/Darco 12-year-old mare Fienetto, less than a second behind the winner. John Williams was also double clear on Vice Versa for 11th.

Lynda eased the Quasimodo VD Molendreef nine-year-old Doretha into second on day two’s medium tour 1.15m speed, finishing almost three sec behind the winner. Four faults dropped Catherine and Prince of Leon from possible victory to sixth.

Peter Liffen was denied a win, but claimed second in the small tour grand prix Challenge Cup with the Ultimo/Wolfgang seven-year-old Flinstone. They were one of three double clears, posting a steady round in round two to ensure second spot almost nine sec behind the winner.

In the middle day’s small tour speed, Peter and Flinstone was just over two sec behind the pace for third.

Laureen Evans eased the Titus Van Euvebreake 12-year-old Lady Jasmine into fourth in the small tour accumulator with a maximum score, four sec behind the winner.

The British team claimed fourth place in the team competition on a total of nine faults. One time fault marred James’ first round with Falline, but they made no such mistake in round two to storm home clear. Lynda and Dalusha Z improved on round one’s five faults to also provide a clear in the second round. Catherine and Emalia were consistent to return four and four and Anne with Urio came home on clear and eight. Belgium took the win following a jump-off with Germany after tying on four faults after two rounds, and France netted third just one fault behind them on five.

A nine-fault total in the small tour team competition meant the squad of Laureen Evans (Lady Jasmine), Peter Liffen (Qolympic D Euro), John Williams (Vice Versa) and Catherine Fowdery (Fienetta) didn’t make the cut for round two and finished eighth.