William Funnell claimed victory in the feature class of the day at Knokke, Netherlands. Eighty-four contended the 3* 1.50m speed, but William found all the short, tight options on the 14-year-old Billy Angelo (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Kroongraaf) to win by 0.57 sec. Harry Charles also posted a quick round for third on the WEnder R/Iroko 10-year-old Controe. British-based Irishman Paul Kennedy was also clear for 15th on EIS Isaura.
Peter Maloney, another British-based Irishman, eased into fifth in the 3* 1.45m on the Carano 12-year-old Babilona, finishing 1.49 sec in arrears. France’s Julien Epaillard took the win on Instit De Jucaso.
Ireland’s Shane Breen and Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker featured in the 1.45m two-phase against a mammoth 134 entries – split into two because of the numbers. Shane and the nine-year-old Carembar De Muze/Quick Star stallion took second just 0.34 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Jeroen Appelen on Grappeloup Van Het Reenhof in the section A class. Emma Stoker’s Cartani eight-year-old Townhead Ballulah jumped into ninth. Paul Kennedy finished 12th on Datero H with Joe Clee in 17th on Alzu Ohio and Jack Whitaker in 19th on Street Hassle.
In section B, Peter Charles guided the eight-year-old ABC Quantum Cruise (OBOS Quality/Cruising) into eighth spot. Also posting double clears was William Whitaker (Furmint), Allana Clutterbuck (Urlevent Du Bary) and Harry Charles (Valkiry De Zance) for 20th, 22nd and 23rd places.
Allana excelled in the pony class, topping the 1.25m speed with Sue Evans’ Versailles II 11-year-old Sultan Du Bary with more than five sec to spare. Sienna Charles was also clear on the nine-year-old stallion Magic Cornflakes for eight spot. Ellie Hall-McAteer jumped a clean but steady round on the 19-year-old Tixylix, but one time faults dropped them to 10th.
Ellie bounced to the top on the scopey 16-year-old Dazzle (Kannan/Cavalier Royale) in the 1* 1.25m – again split into two due to the 141 entries.
Huge classes appeared to be the order of the day at this popular show, and the 145 entries in the 2* 1.35m speed was also split into two. Jodie Hall-McAteer matched her younger sister Ellie’s win in section B, racing ahead on the 10-year-old Vincenzo mare Colette to take the win by 1.78 sec. Brits filled three of the top four places with Stuart Neads in second aboard thr stenograph nine-year-old Chaska II and Joe Clee slotted the eight-year-old stallion Calvaton Z into fourth. Jodie also claimed sixth on Coquin De Coquerie Z and Ben Maher rode into eighth on Ereina.
Flo Norris slotted the Indoctro 11-year-old Songe De Toscane into seventh in section A and Emily Mason rode into 18th on Jackass III.
Emma Stoker rode Cool Cash (Cadensky/Dollar Dela Pierre) into seventh in the six-year-old 1.25m, finishing two sec behind the pace. Deborah Jackson was also double clear for ninth on Swing De Landetta Z. Michael Whitaker picked up just one time fault on Leonardo.
A steady double clear handed Stuart Neads 12th place in the seven-year-old with Freya (Baltic VDL/Numero Uno). Also returning clean sheets was Peter Maloney in 15th with Compelling Z and Jack Whitaker, 16th on Arlo De Blondel.
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