James Billington is narrowly denied victory in Wierden

James Billington jumped into second in the 2* 1.45m winning round on the stallion Baltic VDL in Wierden 2*, Netherlands.

Sixty initially contended this hot class, with James galloping into the runner-up spot in the 15-strong decider on the Quaprice Bois Margot/Jus De Pomme 11-year-old to finish 0.71 sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’ Albert Zoer on Gigolo.

Nigel Coupe was hot James’ heels for third with the Ricardo Z 14-year-old Golvers Hill. Harry Charles posted one time fault in round one on the 10-year-old Controe for 17th place.

Deborah Jackson jumped into third in the 2* 1.35m with the 11-year-old stallion Giljan Van De Legeweg, finishing just half sec behind the winner in the nine-strong jump-off. Four faults dropped Mark Turnbull and the Lupicor H nine-year-old Ashton Daktoa to sixth and Harry Charles was directly behind in seventh on the Cachas eight-year-old Sieco. Four faults in round one dropped Sienna Charles and Chaitanya 2 down to 16th spot.

James claimed eighth in the 1* 1.20m on the eight-year-old mare Efodea with a double clear three sec behind the pace.

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