It was girls on top in the 1.40m as Nicole Pavitt and Chloe Aston battled for supremacy in Bethune, France. Nicole’s daring paid off in the 22-strong jump-off and she galloped into the top spot on the 11-year-old Cornet Obolensky daughter Areeb OL.
Chloe had to settle for second on this occasion with Amigo T – a winner earlier in the week – 1.72 sec in arrears. Laura Renwick and her 2m six-bar winner Top Dollar VI, an eight-year-old with Dollar Du Murier/Darco bloodlines, claimed fourth and Steven Franks rode Carlow Cruiser into seventh. Tim Stockdale was also double clear for 12th on Tornado Des Monts.
Brits filled the top five places in the 1.35m accumulator with Joker, Louise Simpson galloping into the top spot on the eager Fiona V/H Lemmenshof. Louise and the Nonstop 12-year-old claimed a 0.34 sec advantage over Laura Renwick and the seven-year-old Alothain De Blondel.
Nicole slotted the Diamant De Semilly 10-year-old Hussah TM into third with Robert Whitaker on Brendon Stud’s eight-year-old Warrior stallion Noble Warrior in fourth and Lance Whitehouse took fifth on the Cartano 10-year-old Cartino III. A rail down with Santa Cruz and Mr Blue Sky UK put Guy Williams in ninth and 10th.
Laura Renwick on MHS Washington and Robert Whitaker with Catwalk IV reached the eight-strong jump-off of the 1.50m grand prix, but eight faults from both dropped them into seventh and eighth respectively.
Four faults in round one put Louise Simpson’s Grafit in 11th, Ireland’s Peter Maloney took 14th on D’Atlantique Royale, Trevor Breen was 19th on Bombay and Lance Whitehouse took 20th on Vik II.
Abbie Summers claimed eighth in the 1* 1.35m grand prix with Quantas. Twelve from 45 starters contended the jump-off, four faults dropping Abbie and the 12-year-old Quality daughter down the line. One time fault kept Giorgia Distefano out of round two, and she claimed 13th on Cassia DS.
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