It was not Britain’s day in Aachen and the team finished seventh in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup after unfortunately losing pathfinder Guy Williams and Titus to injury.
Guy pulled Titus up before the final fence after stepping back in the water and hitting the double, and it is thought the Lancelot 17-year-old sustained a sprained tendon.
It left the British team down to three riders and every score counted. Hickstead Derby and Cock o’the North heroes Nigel Coupe and Golvers Hill proved best of the Brits. Going third, the pair posted four in round one and eight in the second round. Robert Smith and Ilton came home on nine faults in both rounds and anchor Scott Brash looked to be jumping superbly in round one until Ursula hit both elements of a late double for eight, and returned 16 in round two.
Britain stood seventh just ahead of France, who failed to complete three rounds in round two – pathfinder Philippe Rozier retired Rahotep De Toscane and Cedric Angot didn’t start Saxo De La Cour.
Germany maintained their superiority on home turf to win for the second consecutive year on an impressive zero score with two fences in hand over Switzerland and the USA, in equal second on eight faults.
Scott guided Hello Senator into 10th with a steady, accurate round in the youngster cup speed, the Carambole/Indoctro eight-year-old finishing almost eight sec behind the winner. Four faults dropped Sam Hutton and Erp Van Www.Olland.Biz to 17th.
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