Claire Beecroft is a fraction away from a win in Paris

June 30, 2017

Claire Beecroft jumped into second place in the 1* 1.20/1.25m two-phase on day one of the Global Champions tour of Paris.  She rode Vanda Cartier into the runner-up spot, the 11-year-old Lord Z/Rubert R mare finishing 0.94 dec behind the pace. 

Brits were bunched together, Tess Carmichael taking third aboard the 16-year-old Unique III with Holly Truelove in fourth on her children-on-horses partner, the 11-year-old Golly Girl. Five faults in the second phase dropped Rachael Williams and the seven-year-old Fi Ga Ro out of the running in the 38-strong class. 

But Claire’s sister Imogen - who works in London during the week - went one better, lifting the top two places in the 1.10m/1.15m two-phase.  She rode the Andiamo/Lux 16-year-old Untouchable into the top spot with the nine-year-old Ontario nine-year-old Roscoe’s Amour in second, 0.31 sec separating the two. 

Alexandra Thornton eased Charielle into sixth in the 5* 1.45m two-phase, the Chacco-Blue/Argentinus 11-year-old finishing more than six sec behind the winner, France’s Mathieu Billot on Radja Des Fontaines. Scott Brash (Hello Senator) and Ben Maher (Don Vito) gave their horses an easy first run out to finish down the line. 

A time fault in round one of the 1.50m dropped Alexandra and the Guidam 11-year-old HHS Figero down to 10th. Emily Moffitt and Galip returned on five faults. Belgium’s Pieter Devos topped the six-strong decider on Apart with a 0.57 sec advantage over Italy’s Alberto Zorzi and Cinsey. 

France’s Julien Epaillard on Usual Suspect D’Auge and Israel’s Danielle Goldstein aboard Cooler Than Me tied for first place clearing 1.95cm in the six-bar in round four. 

Henry Truelove posted a steady double clear on the nine-year-old Colanda Z (Cicero Z/Chellano Z) for 17th in the 1* 1.35m. Four faults in phase two dropped Tess Carmichael (Bangle SR) and Claire Beecroft (Sam W) down the order.

 

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