Nigel Coupe jumped to the top in Friday’s 5* 1.45m in Dubai with Sue Simmons’ Ricardo Z 15-year-old Golvers Hill.
Nine of the 32 starters accessed the jump-off with Nigel claiming two of the rides. Four faults dropped Nigel and Jubilee III to sixth, but Nigel’s top ride, his 2017 HOYS grand prix and Hickstead Derby winner Golvers Hill came to the fore to win by 0.26 sec. Four faults in round one dropped David Simpson and Unex Cognac IV down to 14th.
An unfortunate four faults in round one kept Nigel and Golvers Hill out of the grand prix and they finished 13th. Shane Breen and Laith returned eight. Germany’s Miriam Schneider topped the 11-strong jump-off on Cartagena with a 2.17 sec advantage over fellow German Jorge Naeve and Be Aperle VA.
British-based Irishmen Shane Breen and David Simpson made it an Irish one-two in the 5* accumulator with joker.
Thirty-five made a bid for victory, but the two countrymen made all the running with Shane claiming the win on the 12-year-old Holsteiner stallion Can Ya Makan to beat David aboard the Unanaiem 11-year-old Unex Cognac IV by 1.74 sec.
Georgia Tame was in the money in the 2* classes. Team Z7’s Z7 Cordanos V was the tiniest fraction away from victory in Saturday’s five-strong 1.45m jump-off, the Catoki 12-year-old crossing the line just 0.04 sec behind the winner.
She also claimed fourth in Friday’s 1.40m two-phase with Cordanos, their four faults denying them victory and dropping them down the line to finish behind third-placed Naji Rachid from Lebanon on Endvot – a former ride of Jake Saywell. One time penalty put Megan Williams on Carpe Diem A into 12th.
And Georgia eased the 18-year-old Crispien into fourth in the Meydan speed stakes, more than three sec behind the pace.
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