Matt Sampson jumped to the top in Lier, Belgium, with the scopey Ebolensky. Sixty-one initially contended Saturday’s world ranking 1.45m with 15 accessing the jump-off. But Matt found the shortest route with the eight-year-old Clinton/Heartbreaker mare to win with 0.40 sec in hand from razil’s Cassio Rivetti on Dayton Sitte.
Matt’s partner Chloe Winchester also scored victory for Team Sampson/Winchester, topping Sunday’s 1.30/1.35m with Sportsfield Our Clare. The pair raced ahead in this 60-strong two-phase, the 10-year-old Irish mare matching Chloe’s speed and enthusiasm to win with a second to spare over Ireland’s Bertram Allen and GK Casper. James Smith slotted the Kannan 10-year-old Twix De La Roque into third and Matt picked up ninth with a double clear on Ragga Muffin. Sam Hutton posted a steady double clear on the eight-year-old Stakkatol daughter Sophia for 22nd.
Chloe jumped into third in Saturday’s 1.30m on Belle Fleur 38. Only seven of the 24 starters reached the jump-off with Chloe and the 11-year-old Berlin daughter returning clear and four to drop to third spot. Sam Hutton and The Dude picked up two time faults in round one and finished ninth.
James Smith reached the jump-off of Sunday's top-billed world ranking 1.45/1.50m but eight faults in the 16-strong decider dropped the Balouet Du Rouet 12-year-old Balibu to 13th. Belgium’s Patrik Spits claimed victory on Jacobien Dwerse Hagen over fellow Belgian Jos Verlooy with Japatero VDM by just 0.12 sec.
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