William Whitaker takes a podium place in the 5* grand prix of Knokke

July 2, 2018

William Whitaker netted third spot in the feature 5* 1.60m grand prix in Knokke, The Netherlands, with the scopey Utamaro D Ecaussines. 

It was competitive with 14 of the original 46 accessing the jump-off, William and the Diamant De Semilly stallion Utamaro slipping into the third position on the podium 1.10 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels on Gancia De Muze.

William also picked up 11th in the 12-strong jump-off of the 5* 1.45m, eight faults dropping the Ustinov nine-year-old Furmint down the line.

Just a quarter of a sec denied Jack Whitaker a win in the 2* 1.45m grand prix with the promising Arlo De Blondel. 

Only eight of the 59 starters qualified for the jump-off with a first round clear and Jack put in a competitive round on the eight-year-old Dollar Dela Pierre stallion Arlo.  But Mexico’s Andres Azcarraga on Contendros 2 pushed him into the runner-up spot by 0.25 sec.

Jack jumped Leonardo into fourth in the 71-strong 1.40m seven-year-old to finish 1.34 sec behind the winner in the 16-horse jump-off.

Four faults in the 15-strong second round of the 3* 1.50m put Amanda Derbyshire and the Moschino nine-year-old Roulette H into 11th.  Emma Stoker returned on eight with Townhead Ballulah for 14th.  

Jess Mendoza scored a maximum in the 3* 1.35m accumulator to take fifth with the 10-year-old El-Thuder mare NP Zelah.

Deborah Jackson posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 14-horse 2* 1.40m jump-off to take fifth on the Winningmood nine-year-old Winning Girl Z.  Four faults dropped Jack and the King Louie nine-year-old Queen Elisabeth from a possible second to sixth.

Emma Stoker reached the nine-strong jump-off of Saturday’s 3* 1.40m but four faults put the Contendro I/For Pleasure 10-year-old Townhead Annie into eighth place.  And the pair wento on to take third in Sunday’s 1.40m two-phase 1.70 sec behind the winner.  Four faults in the second phase here dropped Joe Clee and Eos down to 10th.   

And four faults in the 22-strong jump-off for the six-year-old on both Grand Stakkato and Happynes dropped Emma 12th and 17th.


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