Sienna Charles galloped to the front in the 2* 1.35m speed stakes with the consistent Chaitanya 2 on day three of Royal Windsor.
Nineteen tackled this class with recently crowned Welsh Master ladies champion Sienna, 15, and the 11-year-old Chaitanya (Cartani/Athlet Z) claiming a 0.71 sec advantage in a British top three. Joe Davison – winner 24 hours earlier – had to settle for second on the home-bred Je T’Aime Flamenco eight-year-old Vilenco with Jay Halim on the seven-year-old Gentleman VD Riethandel (Emilion/Voltaire) in third.
John Whitaker was best Brit in the opening 5* class with third in the Manama 1.45m two-phase on Team Harmony’s Ornellaia. Thirty-one contended here with 12 going forward to the second phase, John slotting the 13-year-old For Pleasure/Calato mare into third 1.59 sec off the pace.
Belgium filled the top two places, Wilm Vermeir’s late draw claiming victory on Gentiane De La Pomme with 0.27 sec over Francois Mathy Jr and Falco Van De Clehoeve.
Ben Maher claimed fourth with the nine-year-old Jackass 111 (Der Senaat 111/Franco) ahead of Ireland’s Bertram Allen in fifth aboard Hector Van D’Abdijhoeve. Emily Moffitt finished sixth on Don Vito and Guy Williams filled seventh spot on Dalton D’Hoyo.
Germany’s Daniel Deusser landed the world ranking 5* 1.50m with Equita Van T Zorgvliet. Sixteen of the 30 starters reached the jump-off with Daniel claiming just 0.15 sec over Canada’s Eric Lamaze who had set an early, sizzling pace on Fine Lady 5.
“Equita has a very big stride and is naturally very fast. I saw a bit of Eric’s round, so I knew I had to try hard to beat his time, but everything went well,” said Daniel.
Robert Smith looked in contention with an extremely tight turn into the double on the Dulf Van Den Bisschop 10-year-old Ilton, but took an eventual fourth as best Brit. Emily Moffitt clinched sixth on Madame X with William Funnell seventh posting the steadiest of the double clears aboard Billy McCain and Laura Renwick returned a fast four on Bintang for ninth.
The 2* 1.40m Windsor Stakes fell to the USA as Taylor Alexander found the shortest route on Ryanair De Riverland with a clear five sec over Australia’s Evie Buller and Yalambi’s Enrique in second.
Tim Stockdale flew the British flag in third on Colin and Ann Garratt’s on the 11-year-old Tornado De Monts (Flipper D’Elle/Narcos II) in the eight-strong decider. George Whitaker netted fifth with the steadiest of the double clears on Chaplini and Tracy Priest posted the fastest four on Caristo VDL for sixth.
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