Richard Howley hits form in France
Richard Howley featured strongly at Beaumont Hague, France, with a win and a second in the 2* classes. He topped the 2* 1.30m speed in fine style on Electra B, the Arezzo VDL eight-year-old taking the win with more than two sec to spare. Dan Neilson picked up two time faults on Cirrus for 11th.
And Richard claimed second spot in the world ranking 2* 1.45m on Quidam B Z – the usual ride of Douglas Duffin. Thirteen of the 42 starters reached the jump-off with Richard guiding the Quasimodo Z 12-year-old into the runner-up spot to finish 2.16 sec behind the winner, France’s Julien Epaillard Safari D Auge. Morgan Kent was also double clear for ninth on the Berlin nine-year-old Dolores.
Dan jumped an easy clear in the 2* 1.40m on the Wolfgang 13-year-old Newton Nickel to take seventh spot, more than eight sec behind the winner, France’s Patrice Delaveau on Uthope De La Roque HDC. Jemma Kirk also posted a steady double clear on the 11-year-old Carbani for 14th and Dan returned one time fault on Major Delacour for 18th place.
Dan also guided the Billy Mexico eight-year-old Strides Hatton Treasure into 10th with a steady clear in the 1* 1.30m.
Jemma Kirk slotted Tchoupi Pironniere into fourth in the 2* 1.35m, three sec behind the pace. Richard picked up three time faults on Ayamonte B for 15th.
Four faults in the 1.25m dropped Nicola Wilson and the Verdi 10-year-old Naomi 55 down the ninth with Florence Bellm on Chipie BF Z in 12th.
Just 0.29 sec denied Stacey Willsone victory in day two’s 1.15m and the 12-year-old Steady The Helm stood in second place.
Clear in the opening day’s 1.20m to share first place with two others, Florence claimed third on day two’s 1.20m with the Calvaro FCS/Cruising 15-year-old Southbound, a little more than three sec behind the pace.
Sarah Borthwick claimed sixth in the opening day’s 1.15m speed on the Centauer Z eight-year-old Cendara De Mies, more than seven sec behind the pace.
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