Ben Maher is winning good
Ben Maher scored his biggest win so far with the talented Winning Good on the final day of Knokke, Belgium, topping the 3* 1.50m grand prix. Only 10 of the initial 47 posted round one clears to access the jump-off, but Ben smoothly held off all challenges on the Winningmood eight-year-old to claim victory by 0.78 sec.
Shane Breen chased hard with the nine-year-old stallion Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker (Carembar De Muze/Quick Star) for second place. Four faults dropped fellow British-based Irishman Peter Maloney and Babilonia to eighth and Jess Mendoza finished 10th on Constance.
Louise Whitaker topped the 2* 1.40m in fine style with Team Harmony’s Cleopatra. The 57 starters were whittled down to 11 for the jump-off with Louise guiding the Kannan/Ruling’s Story 11-year-old mare into the top spot with 1.48 sec in hand. Ben also featured in the jump-off, but four faults dropped Ereina to seventh.
Emma Stoker claimed fourth in the 3* 1.45m two-phase on Townhead Campus, the Cartoon/Grand Canyon 12-year-old finishing 0.66 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Jos Verlooy on Gaston Van’t Steentje. Shane on Cash UP and Peter Maloney’s Ghana claimed seventh and ninth.
Emily Mason slotted Explosion W into seventh in the 2* 1.45m grand prix with a double clear, the Chacco Blue/Baloubet Du Rouet eight-year-old finishing more than five sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Dimitry Noterman on Bacardi-Rhum De Muze.
Jack Whitaker also returned a clean sheet in the 21-strong jump-off to ease Street Hassle into 10th while Emma Stoker picked up one time fault for 11th on Shelby 12.
Four faults dropped Ben Maher and Tisele Du Park to 15th and British-based Irishman Paul Kennedy posted clear and eight for 18th on Datero H. One time faults proved costly for Millie Allen and it kept Cheers Twin out of the jump-off.
Joe Clee finished second in the 1* 1.35m with the seven-year-old stallion Kafka Van De Heffinck (Calvaro/Diamant De Semilly), beaten only by Ireland’s Denis Lynch on RMF Hortensia by just 0.11 sec. Jane Davies rode the Quirado eight-year-old Quite Like It into fourth.
Kayleigh Watts jumped Kondy into third in the 1* 1.25m, the eight-year-old finishing three sec behind the pace. Flo Norris took sixth spot on the Air Jordan Z 11-year-old Super D Ysieux and Joe Clee was seventh on De Flor III Z.
Flo claimed second in the 1* 1.10m with the nine-year-old Douglas/Oklund mare Darling HDH slotting into the runner-up spot by 1.21 sec. Natasha Dunsdon claimed ninth on Captain Morgan EW.
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