Joe Whitaker, winner of six classes in week one of Roosendaal, Netherlands, had to settle for second in week two on the six-year-old mare Fairy Tale in the young horse 1.30m speed. The pair finished 2.80 sec behind the winner. James Billington was also clear for 12th on the Quadros 3/Acolord six-year-old Quatre Bras VDL.
Joe also jumped a steady clear on the eight-year-old Evita W (Arezzo VDL/Matterhorn) for 14th in the 2* 1.35m two-phase. Jonathan Dixon posted clear and four on Gantico to drop down the line.
Clear and four in the 2* 1.45m dropped British-based Irishman Richard Howley and James Billington down the order. Twelve of the 61 starters posted clears to access the jump-off but a rail down for Richard put the Arezzo VDL eight-year-old Electra B into seventh. James suffered a similar fate on the 11-year-old stallion Baltic VDL (Quaprice Bois Margot/Jus De Pomme) with four faults in the jump-off for eighth.
Portugal’s Mario Wilson Fernandes and Tidelio Des Nauves took the win. Paul Bevan was one of seven on one time fault to be denied a jump-off chance with the talented nine-year-old Deangelo and they took 14th.
Richard finished seventh in the 2* 1.40m two-phase with the 10-year-old stallion Tango Du Valdecie with a steady double clear eight sec behind the pace.
A steady double clear in a 73-strong hotly-contended 1* 1.30m two-phase put James Billington and the nine-year-old Daranta into 25th. Vicky Bevan on Denzel II and Joe Whitaker’s Billyjean posted clear and four to drop down the line.
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