Taisie de Gruchy claims victory in France

Taisie de Gruchy topped the seven-year-old 1.35m with Live The Life in Fontainebleau, France. 

Thirteen of the 61 starters reached round two with Taisie and the Zanzibar gelding taking the win by just a tenth of a sec.  Joe Clee eased the Tyson gelding Thunder G Z into third and Jake Saywell finished 11th on Lukas Van De Kievitsdriesen.

Joe claimed third in the 1.45m speed on Alzu Ohio, the 15-year-old finishing 4.52 sec off the pace in the 76-strong class.  Will Fletcher was also clear for 11th on Everytime Anywhere B.

Joe claimed sixth in Saturday’s six-year-old with Cassy De La Valiere, four faults in round two dropping the Diamant De Semilly/Éclair Des Bois mare down the line.  Chris Franks also posted clear and four for 10th on Warrior Queen (Warrior/Unbelievable Darco).

Chris Franks rode Mega Times into sixth in the 2* 1.35m two-phase, the Megabyte/Goodtimes nine-year-old finishing two sec behind the pace.  Posting steadier double clears in the 56-strong class was Christina Gachoud on Empire Van Wuitenshof, Jodie Hall-McAteer’s Fantom and Jake on Fantastico C for 17th, 23rd and 25th.

Clear and four in Sunday’s 63-strong 2* 1.40m put Chris and Mega Times in ninth.  Returning similar scores was Jodie on Fantom and Allana Clutterbuck on Urlevent Du Bary for 12th and 13th.

Chris also claimed fourth in the 2* 1.30m two-phase with the Ramiro B seven-year-old VC Vie De Valencio 2.67 sec off the pace.  Christina finished eighth on Calpin Z with Amy Inglis returning the steadiest of the double clears for 11th on Wishes and Joe Clee was 12th on one time fault with Eos.



Jodie rode the Vincenzo 11-year-old Colette into sixth in Saturday’s 85-horse 1* 1.35m five sec off the pace.  Christina on Charity 33 and Jack Whitaker with Queen Elisabeth and Amy Inglis on Au Top Des Luthiers also returned clears for 16th, 17th and 23rd places. 

In Sunday’s 1* 1.40m, Jodie and Colette jumped into third.  Ten of the initial 53 jumped clear for jump-off access, Colette breaking the beam 1.62 sec behind the pace.

Christina also picked up seventh in the 1* 1.30m two-phase with ESI Hazel more than three sec behind the winner.  Louise Alston posted steadier rounds for 15th on the Laytender 10-year-old Mack The Knife, and the partnership went on to take third in the final day’s 1* 35m with the steadiest clear in a four-horse decider.

Four riders shared first place honours in the six-bar after hitting one rail each in the final round including Robert Murphy and he Careful/Jus De Pomme 10-year-old Acapella.

One frustrating time fault denied Brits a jump-off chance in the 1.45m grand prix, Robert on Chablis and Leonie Aitkenhead’s Clane K finishing seventh and eighth in a field of 70.  France’s Alexis Deroubaix claimed the win in the seven-horse jump-off on Timon D’Aure. 

Jake Saywell posted an easy clear on Havinia Van De Roshoeve in the 1* 1.35m, the Cicero Z 11-year-old mare five sec off the pace.

Jocasta Symons was one of three sharing the amateur six-bar honours with the nine-year-old mare Duffy, all posting final round clears.  And the pair went on to take fourth in the final day’s 62-strong amateur 1.25m grand prix with a double clear in the 12-horse jump-off, 3.58 sec behind the pace.

Allana Clutterbuck eased the selle Francias eight-year-old Amour De La Feuillie into a steady clear for 12th in the 60-strong 1* 1.30m speed.

Alena Hughes was more than seven sec off the pace in the amateur 1.15m speed on the Cornet Obolensky 12-year-old C’Mon Girl 2 for seventh.

Four faults in the second round of the amateur 1.20m put Isabel Saywell and William Whitaker’s former ride Upperclass Concorde/Indoctro) into 10th.


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