Guy Williams hit form in Rouen, France, heading the 4* 1.50m with Rouge De Ravel.
It was no mean feat, 71 contended this speed class but super-speedy Guy held off all challenges on the 12-year-old Ultimo Van Ter Moude stallion to claim a 0.43 sec advantage over France’s well-known speed merchant Patrice Delaveau on Urcos De Kerglenn HDC.
Nicole Pavitt was hot on their heels for third aboard the Cornot Obolensky 11-year-old Areeb OL and Billy Twomey netted eighth with Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Je T’Aime Flamenco eight-year-old Kimba Flamenco.
Laura Renwick dropped out of contention in the 1.50m with Top Dollar VI, but the Dollar Du Murier/Darco eight-year-old redeemed himself in the Puissance to finish equal first on a clear after five rounds. They shared the spoils with British-based Aussie Rowan Willis and the Lexicon eight-year-old Everse W.
Nicole jumped into seventh in the 4* 1.40m table C speed with Gemmarco 16, the home-bred eight-year-old Unbelievable Darco stallion finishing more than five sec behind the pace. James Smith eased the Berlin eight-year-old Just Max into 12th.
Winners of the 1* 1.35m 24 hours earlier, Kirstie Leightley and Thais D’La Verrerie again took the top spot, on this occasion heading the 1.25m. Eighteen of the 66 starters accessed the jump-off but Kirstie and the 10-year-old selle Francais mare had the edge to win by just 0.09 sec.
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