Amy Inglis nets victory on the final day at Mechelen
Amy Inglis rounded off the show in Mechelen, Belgium, with a super victory in the 2* 1.45m grand prix with Every Way.
Only six of the 45 starters jumped initial clears to make their way into the jump-off, and Amy had it all sewn up. Second 24 hours earlier on this Upsilon Van De Heffinck/Beach Boy 13-year-old mare, Amy set out determinedly and proved almost two sec faster than any rival. In the event the time was irrelevant, Amy was the sole clear in the jump-off. Belgium’s Wouter Devos on Tonik Hero finished second.
British-based Irishman Michael Duffy guided the eight-year-old Jule Van Den Tinnenpot into seventh in the Stephex Stables 1.45m with a double clear in the 17-strong jump-off. William Whitaker was also penalty-free for 10th on the nine-year-old Lord Z mare Ilusionata Van’T Meulenhof. Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels claimed the win on Angel Van T Hof with a 0.42 sec advantage over France’s Julien Epaillard and Instit De Jucaso.
Michael was out of luck in the Longines world cup qualifier, EFS Top Contender returning on six faults in round one after an unlucky rub at the second fence in his first world cup.
Only seven of the 40 starters produced round one clears to reach the jump-off, headed by The Netherlands’ on-form Harrie Smolders with Zinius. Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann was 0.55 sec in arrears on Mary Lou for second – rocketing him to the top of the western Europe leaderboard – with Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca in third aboard Halix Van Het Kliuzebos.
Photo courtesy Jumping Mechelen