Richard Howley hit form in Vittel, France, to post a victory double, including a win in the top-billed world ranking 1.50m.
Only nine of the initial 57 reached the jump-off but British-based Irishman Richard had it all in hand on the Arezzo VDL nine-year-old Electra B to blitz the opposition and take the win by 1.60 sec. Four faults in round one dropped Louise Saywell on Ushuaia D’Aurel and Nigel Coupe’s Golvers Hill out of the running.
Richard jumped to the top in the 3* 1.35m on Drumconnick Verdi.
Sixty-one contended this speed class but Richard found all the shortcuts to outpace all rivals, taking the win on the Verdi nine-year-old claiming 1.74 sec in hand. Louise Saywell eased Graham Ward’s Chicago Z 13-year-old Feigtling into second and Guy Williams posted a steady clear on Rouge De Ravel for 15th.
After finishing 14th in day one’s 1.20m with Codean R, Vicky Lovegrove hit top gear to head day two’s 1.20m two-phase with the 11-year-old with 0.23 sec in hand in the 25-horse class.
Four faults dropped Louise Morley and the 18-year-old stallion Marcolas G to 10th in day one’s 1* 1.30m speed. Sophie Stockdale took 14th on Leva Z.
On day two, Sophie and the Levisto 13-year-old Leva Z jumped into sixth spot in the 1.30m speed with Louise and Marcolas close behind for seventh.
Louise filled 10th and 12th in the seven-year-old 1.30m speed with easy clears on the Kashmir Van Schuttershof sired Lyon Van De Plataan and the Darco seven-year-old Langgeleden.
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