Guy Williams kept his foot to the floor in a highly entertaining Falcon Stakes to race to victory on the penultimate eventing at Royal Windsor.
Speed was a major factor in this 1.50m class from the off with only 10 jump-off places available, and only the fastest got through from the 16 initial clears. Drawn in reverse order of merit with the fastest going last,
Scott Brash proved an early leader with a slick round on the Stolzanberg/For Pleasure nine-year-old Hello Shelby, but eventually dropped to fourth, William Funnell overtaking mid-draw on Billy Angelo for an eventual third place.
But none were faster than penultimare drawn speed merchant Guy. He maintained a relentless pace on the 13-year-old Ultimo Van Ter Moude stallion Rouge De Ravel and pulled off an exceptional turn to the Hermes vertical to gain 0.36 sec on Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Ulysse Des Forets.
“He’s a really good horse and I know he’s fast, so with a good draw, I knew I was in with a chance. It’s always good to win on home soil and the crowd here tonight were fantastic, so it’s been a great night,” said Guy.
Germany’s Daniel Deusser continued on his successful run to record win number two out of two at Royal Windsor in the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King’s Cup riding Equita Van T Zorgvliet, denying Britain’s Robert Whitaker a win.
A difficult line of two doubles and a spooky ‘swan’ themed fence caused problems in Bob Ellis and Kelvin Bywater’s 1.55m track but nonetheless 10 of the 30 starters made their way to the jump-off with Robert posting an early lead with an especially tight turn to the double in the final line on the Colman 15-year-old Catwalk IV.
Their time looked vulnerable when former world number one, the USA’s Kent Farrington – just back from injury – came within 0.03 sec on Creedance. And last to go Daniel found a shorter route to win with 1.30 sec to spare.
Robert’s father John was the only other Brit in the jump-off but dropped to ninth on eight faults with Cassinis Chaplin.
Scarlett Charles scored win number two for the Charles family at Royal Windsor with the 2* accumulator on Quick Stepp.
Eighteen contended this 1.40m class and Scarlett wasn’t going to be outdone by sister Sienna’s 2* speed win on Friday, edging ahead by 0.17 sec with the Quidam’s Rubin 15-year-old for victory over The USA’s Taylor Alexander on Lord Lucio. Only six provided maximum scores, Nina Barbour being the next best Brit in fourth on the Cartani eight-year-old AK’s Culcha Candela.
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