Jess Dimmock posted her best result yet on Cassius Clay with second in the 3* 1.50m grand prix on the final day at Fontainebleau, France.
Thirteen of forty-nine accessed the jump-off, six clears, two on one time fault joined by five fast four-faulters. Clean jumping won the day with the top two filled with double clears, Jess taking a sensible option of another accurate round with Cassius Clay to finish almost four sec behind the winner, France’s Yannick Gaillot on Contano.
Jess got the ride on the Carolus H/Burggraaf 11-year-old after selling her top horse Cybell II in May to Cian O’Connor, and Cian offered her Cassius to ride.
Laura Mantel also featured in round two, but four faults in both rounds put Lix Howe’s home-bred Caretino Glory 10-year-old Glory B V into 12th. Tim Stockdale on Miss Fritz and Steven Franks’ Brutus III returned four faults in round one for 17th and 18th and Dan Neilson took 19th with five faults on Major Delacour.
Tim provided the slowest of the double clears in the 2* 1.45m grand prix on the Ramiro De Belle Vue eight-year-old Don Diego De La Plata for 10th. The Netherlands’ Bianca Schoenmakers took victory on Dha Sha by 0.80 sec in the 13-strong decider.
Steven Franks guided Billy Ginger into second in the 2* 1.30m speed, the Billy Congo/Gladstone 11-year-old braking the beam just 0.32 sec in arrears. Taisie de Gruchy also jumped clear on the Lupicor eight-year-old Hoodshill First Look for eighth spot.
Steven also took eighth in the 3* 1.40m with a double clear on the Diamant De Semilly 13-year-old Abdul Aziz, 1.08 sec behind the winner. Also returning double clears was Dan Neilson with Newton Nickel and Jess Dimmock on Chandon Blue for 11th and 13th places.
Victoria Garfield-Bennett claimed victory in the amateur 1.20m with a flying round on the Iroko/VDL Arkansas eight-year-old Raphoe Ella, racing into the top spot by 4.28 sec. Brits filled the top three here, Freya Mileham taking second on Pauldarys Romeo eight-year-old Pauldarys Cloud Nine with Madeleine Kellett’s Carambole eight-year-old Ella VI in third. Madeleine also claimed fifth in the five-horse jump-off on Zwalbe.
Jessica Blatchford posted the steadiest of the double clears for seventh in the amateur 1.25m grand prix on the 10-year-old Chennai, 2.29 sec behind the pace. Lily Standbridge reached the jump-off on touch of Pleasure but eight faults dropped them to 13th.
In the amateur 1.15m speed, Romilly Simmons claimed sixth on Candy Blue II, the Zambesi/Cavalier Royale six-year-old sensibly jumping an easy clear to finish more than 13 sec behind the pace.
Clare Reynolds jumped a steady double clear in the 1* 1.25m on Dollards Abu Dhabi CjS for ninth, the Cantos 12-year-old finishing 12 sec behind the winner.
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