Tim Wilks was less than one and half sec away from winning Opglabbeek’s 2* 1.45m grand prix in Belgium, and had to settle for second on Quelbora Merze.
An impressive 80 started in this grand prix but only 15 gained round one clears to access the jump-off, although 10 riders clocked up just one time fault apiece as the time allowed caught several.
Tim had no such problems and guided the selle Francais 13-year-old Quelbora Merze into second, 1.46 sec behind the winner, Colombia’s Santiago Diaz Ortega on Carlson. A fast four from Sam Hutton on the 10-year-old Quidam De Revel stallion Happydam dropped them from second to seventh.
Winners the day before, Chloe Aston and Amigo T had to settle for second on this occasion in the 1.35m speed, the Padinus 12-year-old finishing 1.06 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Gilles Thomas on Caretina.
Joe Clee rode into third in the 57-strong seven-year-old 1.40m on Fusion, the Corland gelding finishing 1.38 sec behind the pace in the 14-horse decider.
Charles Luyckx claimed second and seventh in the five and six-year-old with Golia and Balios R Park, the Bustique six-year-old Golia finishing 0.53 sec behind the winner. Trevor Breen rode the six-year-old Zilton SI Z (Zirocco Blue/Indoctro) into fourth with Leonie Aitkenhead close behind for fifth on the Heartbeat five-year-old Heart-Third. Joe picked up 11th on De Flor III Z, Chloe Aston finished 15th on Flavie Van De Helle, Trevor with second ride Cordouan Fontanel took 20th and Danielle Dickson was also double clear on Samarai CS.
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