A fraction of a second denied Jack Whitaker victory in the junior 1.40m grand prix in Fontainebleau, France, with Arlo De Blondel.
One hundred initially contended this class with just 15 posting round one clears to access the jump-off. And it was tight at the top, Jack, 16, and the eight-year-old Dollar Delapierre stallion finishing just 0.23 sec behind the pace for third. Germany’s Max Haunhorst claimed victory on Chaccara.
Jodie Hall-McAteer on Coquin De Coquerie Z and Robert Murphy’s Chablis both incurred four faults in round two for eighth and ninth. James Wilson left all the fences up in round one but picked up a time fault on Cosmo Boy for 16th.
Megan Li was the sole British representative in the children-on-horses grand prix jump-off with Eclips Van Erpekom, the Udarco 14-year-old producing another clear for fifth in the nine-horse decider 2.28 sec behind the winner. Alena Hughes posted a fast four in round one on Rainbow for 14th.
Leonie Aitkenhead was best Brit in the 69-horse young rider 1.45m grand prix with eight on the Guidam 11-year-old Clane K, four faults in round one preventing the pair from contending the jump-off. Only four reached the jump-off with France dominating the top two places, Arthur le Vot on Vinchester claiming victory with 0.91 sec over Alexis Goulet and Cannavaro.
British-based Lucinda Roche riding for Ireland jumped the steadiest of the double clears for fourth in the under 25 1.45m grand prix on the nine-year-old Izar LB almost three sec behind the winner. Only six of the 60 starters tackled the jump-off, Jack unlucky not to join them after picking up a frustrating time fault on El Wee Widge to settle for seventh.
Emily Ward jumped Wild Rose into fourth in the under 25 1.35m two-phase with a double clear, the Oklund/Cavalier 15-year-old finishing 3.50 sec behind the winner. Olli Fletcher took seventh on Temple Rebus with Leonie right behind for eighth on D.Millfield Darin. Flo Norris finished 12th on Super D Ysieux, Taisie de Gruchy was 16th on Live The Life and Allana Clutterbuck was also double clear for 18th on Vitaal G.
Morgan Carpenter produced the steadiest of the double clears in the under 25 1.25m for fifth on the Centadel/Chacco Blue seven-year-old Merllyn’s Chocca Nova, finishing almost three sec off the pace. Four faults in the seven-horse decider put Ben Clark and Lanverdel in seventh.
Iwan Carpenter finished fourth in the children-on-horses on Jordanta Van De Eyckenhoeve, the Cicero Z nine-year-old jumping double clear 2.63 sec behind the winner. Madison Heath on Floretta and Paige Wright aboard Queen Blancelande also posted double clears for ninth and 10th.
Madison also took fifth in the pony 1.30m grand prix on Cisco Bay II, the 14-year-old denied a jump-off chance after returning on four faults in round one.
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