Louise Saywell jumped into third in the 1* 1.30m grand prix with Moneybroom Dancer on the final day at de Peelbergen in Kronenberg, the Netherlands.
Almost half the class returned initial clears with 27 coming forward to a hot jump-off, Louise slotting the Je T’Aime Flamenco/Ekstein seven-year-old finishing just 0.13 sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’ Lars Kersten on Dora De Ness. Just 0.54 sec separated the top five, Ashlee Harrison filling fifth spot on the seven-year-old Atout Des Trambles.
Four faults in round one dropped other Brits out of contention, Chris Frazer on Cajou 11 and Laura Mantel on Karin Fitton’s Lady Caretino in her first grand prix both making just the one mistake.
Brits were dogged by four faults in the 17-strong jump-off of the 2* 1.45m grand prix, yielded from 60 starters. Graham Lovegrove dropped to 12th on the talented eight-year-old Cicero daughter Jakarta Van De Roshoeve D’14 and Joe Whitaker’s chances ended with a single mistake for 15th on the 12-year-old Locarno 62 mare Lola V. British-based Irishman Trevor Breen was also in the jump-off, but an uncharacteristic round from the 10-year-old Bombay gave them 15 faults and 16th place.
The Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten and Saloman took victory with a 0.55 sec advantage over Italy’s Emauele Camilli in second on Emperio Van’t Roosakker. Also for the Netherlands’, Leopold van Asten claimed third on VDL Groep Zidane ahead of British-based American Laura Kraut in fourth on Viper Vrombautshoeve Z.
But Laura notched up a win in the 2* 1.35m with the Hales family and Shaw Farmm stud’s promising SFS Vincomte. Seventeen of the initial 58 posted round one clears to access the jump-off with Laura guiding the Veni Vidi Vici/Magic Darco seven-year-old into the top spot by 0.26 sec.
A multi-winner earlier in the week, James Emblen had to settle for second in the 1* 1.20m on Call It Magic on the final day. Eleven contended the jump-off with James and the eight-year-old mare Call It Magic finishing 1.78 sec adrift of the winner, Irelands Paul Beecher on Danqu. Max Routledge was one of six to jump a first round clear but withraw, taking equal 12th on Centos Girl.
Alex Somerville-Cotton rounded off a good show with fifth and sixth places in the 1* 1.30m accumulator with Candela 27 and Promise. The Canturo 14-year-old Candela proved seven sec behind the pace for fifth with the eight-year-old mare Promise a further two sec adrift. Trevor Breen eased the Billy Congo 11-year-old Billy Drizzle into seventh in the 36-strong class.
Tamarin Christie on Jacinthe Van Dorperheide and James aboard Hakon Van De Smeets both posted maximum scores in the 2* 1.35m accumulator, but steady rounds in this hot, 60-strong class put them in 17th and 22nd.
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