Lance Whitehouse jumped into third in Friday’s world ranking 1.45m at Moorsele, Belgium, with seasoned campaigner Vik II.
Sixteen of the 44 starters reached the jump-off with Lance guiding the Cantos 16-year-old to finish 1.67 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Koen Vereecke on Diadardo Van Evendael Z.
And Lance had to settle for third again in Saturday’s 1.40m, Miss Belverdere’s double clear finishing almost two sec behind the pace in the 12-horse decider. British-based Irishman Trevor Breen was also double clear on Clyde VA for sixth.
Trevor rounded off the show with fourth in the concluding world ranking 2* 1.45m grand prix with Clyde. Seventeen of the original 39 posted first round clears to access the jump-off with Trevor returning the steadiest of the second round clears to finish almost six sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Vincent Lambrecht on Just Energie. Ben Talbot claimed 16th on 12 with Sacramento with Lance – who opted not to jump off – and Vik in 17th place.
An easy clear in Sunday’s 1.30m speed handed Lance eighth spot on Whitesparke Blanko, the pair finishing more than 12 sec behind the winner. Four faults dropped Trevor and Feliano B down to 15th.
Lance claimed 11th with a double clear in the seven-year-old on Whitesparke Pepper, almost eight sec behind the pace. And the pair also took 11th in Sunday’s equivalent.
Ronnie Jones headed the five and six-year-old on the five-year-old mare GRC Crimson (Arkansas/Ricardo Z) with 0.43 sec in hand. Trevor Breen eased Cordouan Fontanel into fifth and four faults in round two dropped Ronnie’s second ride Eleaganz down to 11th.
Four faults in Saturday’s young horse jump-off put Ronnie and Crimson in fourth.
Ronnie also claimed second in the 1.10m aboard the 19-year-old mare Sunshine VIII, just 0.16 sec behind the winner. The pair were in contention for Saturday’s 1.15m with the fastest time of the class, but a rail down dropped them to seventh place.
Trevor picked up seventh in the 2* 1.30m on the Zirocco Blue VDL eight-year-old Feliano B in a hot, 23-strong jump-off, the finishing more than three sec behind the pace.
Robert Whitaker eased Cash Sent into ninth with an easy clear in Friday’s 1.45m speed in Leipzig, Germany, the Verdi 11-year-old finishing more than five sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Francois Mathy Jr and Falco Van De Clehoeve.
And the pair finished 12th in Saturday’s speed and handiness, four sec added for a rail down dropping them down the line from a possible fourth.
Four faults dropped Robert and Catwalk down to 17th in the 1.50m speed and qualifier for the world cup later in the week. The Colman 15-year-old reached round four in Saturday’s six-bar before retiring to take fifth.
And four faults in round one dropped Robert and Catwalk out of contention in the world cup qualifier and grand prix. Fifteen tackled the jump-off, won by Germany’s Christian Ahlmann and the Taloubet Z with 0.20 sec in hand, giving the 18-year-old stallion a fairytale win in his final competition before retirement.
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