Louise Whitaker’s patience with easy clears on Brendon Stud’s Special Warrior paid off handsomely on the Baltica Spring tour in Poland, as the pair moved up a gear to take the seven-year-old final.
It was no mean feat as 13 tackled the jump-off and Louise guided the Warrior/Caretino Glory mare into victory by the narrowest of margins – winning by just 0.03 sec.
Emma Stoker posted a steadier round for fifth with Pembroke 3 (Perigueux/Quick Star) and Jamie Gornall was also double clear for seventh on Clintadel (Clinton/Acord II). Four faults dropped Emma and second ride Everton De Villee to 11th.
Brits lifted the top two in the five-year-old final, Jude Burgess claiming the top spot on the Hartbreker GB (Crespo VDL/Numero Uno) with 0.93 sec to spare.
Ben Raistrick slotted Heaven Can Wait E (Up To Date/Cavalier) into second place in the eight-strong jump-off. The on-form Jude also claimed sixth with Pythagoras III Z (Plot Blue/Winningmood) into sixth with the steadiest of the double clears, and Ben picked up eighth with clear and four on Hessel, dropping from a possible third place. Four faults in round one put Emma Stoker and Grand Stakkato into 10th.
Just 1.06 sec prevented the Brits from taking a clean sweep in all three of the age class finals, Emma having to settle for second in the six-year-old final on the Cadensky/Dollar Dela Pierre mare Cool Cash. Only six reached the jump-off and only two double clears were recorded, Will Edwards taking fourth on Tinkas Brook II (Zambesi/Lion D’Or) with clear and four. Ben was close behind for fifth on Cool Boy (Coco Jambo/Justinian).
Louise also picked up fourth in the gold 1.30m two-phase on the Tjungske/Iroko 10-year-old Cuata, 2.90 sec behind the winner. Ben Raistrick was also double clear for eighth on the Fahad/Lauriston eight-year-old Mourinho and also claimed 14th with clear and four on Benevita.
Brits were on form and landed the top two in the silver 1.10m speed, Madeleine Kellett taking the win on the eight-year-old Ella VI (Carambole/Voltaire) with 1.97 sec in hand.
Romilly Simmons guided the Aerobic TN/Quick Star seven-year-old Ferano Paulowni into second in the 24-strong class, and also claimed 10th with second ride Candy Blue II – their four faults dropping them down from a possible half sec victory.
Emily Ward posted an easy clear in the gold 1.40m speed with Wild Rose for ninth, almost seven sec behind the pace. Emma Stoker was steadier but also penalty-free for 15th on Townhead Ballulah
Gemma Wright posted a steady double clear in the silver 1.30m for 15th on Ulrike Van Overis, some six sec behind the pace.
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