Keith Shore was best Brit in the 5* 1.60m grand prix qualifier in Gijon, Spain, with Mystic Hurricane, taking fourth place.
Eight of the 59 starters posted initial clears but with the forthcoming Nations Cup in mind, Keith took it steady in the jump-off with the Tornado 14-year-old and picked up two time faults. Nevertheless, it was sufficient for fourth spot. He was less than three sec behind the winner, France’s Kevin Staut and For Joy Van’t Zorgvliet HDC.
Just one mistake in round one put several riders out of the jump-off, British-based Irishmen Shance Breen (Ipswick Van De Wolfsakker) and Anthony Condon (Balzac) took 16th and 22nd alongside Alison Barton (Roma IV) and Nigel Coupe (Golvers Hill) also on four for 21st and 23rd.
Laura Renwick eased Dominant H into second in the 5* 1.40m two-phase by a fraction. The Heartbreaker/Indorado nine-year-old showed flair and scope under Laura’s guidance, finishing just a tenth of a sec behind the winner, Spain’s Paola Amilibia on Notre Star de la Nutria.
British-based Irishman David Simpson eased the 11-year-old Starfighter into fifth and Jess Mendoza jumped a steadier round for 14th on Horst Van De Mispelaere. Also double clear was Alison Barton in 16th on Donata, Nigel Coupe’s Dragon in 19th, Louise Saywell with Lady Lou and Ben Maher’s Winning Good.
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