British-based Irishman Anthony Condon eased John Hales’ Zira VH Kapelhof Z into second place in the 5* 1.45m speed on day one in Abu Dhabi.
Fifty-four contended this class with Anthony and the nine-year-old Zurich mare finishing 2.45 sec behind the winner, Italy’s Luca Maria Moneta with Neptune Brecourt.
Sam Hutton slotted the Askaro 11-year-old Aramis into fifth and Nigel Coupe claimed ninth on Jubilee III. Shane Breen gave Laith an easy run out to come home on two time faults.
Ireland’s Shane secured fourth in the 5* 1.50m with Team Z7’s Can Ya Makan. Fifteen of the 50 starters posted round one clears with Shane and the 12-year-old Holsteiner stallion finishing 1.03 sec behind the pace. Luca claimed his second win of the day here with Connery and Sam Hutton was also double clear on the Quidam De Ravel 11-year-old Happydam for sixth.
Georgia Tame claimed second in the 19-strong decider of the 1.40m on Team Z7’s Cash and Carry 14-year-old Cash Up, 1.12 sec behind the winner, Russia’s Anna Gorbacheva on Colando.
An easy clear in the 2* 1.30m speed handed Georgia eighth spot on Z7 Cordanos V, the Catoki 12-year-old finishing 3.83 sec behind the pace.
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