Graham Babes was denied a 1.45m win by the tiniest of fractions in Fontainebleau, France, with the consistent Boucheron.
Seventy-three contended this 2* grand prix qualifier with 19 posting initial clears to access the jump-off and Graham was on target for a win on the Valentino/Burggraaf 12-year-old, but he was beaten by just 0.03 sec and had to settle for second place. France’s Marc Dilasser took the win on Indigo Blue Diolley.
Jemma Kirk guided Quelisto into sixth with Max Routledge seventh on Warriors Glory and Joseph Stockdale posted the steadiest of the double clears for ninth on Gunner. Four faults dropped Peter Moloney down to 11th on Crumley with Tim Stockdale on Tornado Des Monts and James Smith’s Simply Splendid also on four to take 12th and 13th. Simon Buckley returned on eight with Elia for 14th and Ben Clark finished on nine faults to take 16th.
Jess Dimmock rode Convinced I Am into third in the 1* 1.30m speed, the Young Convinced/Kannan 11-year-old finishing 5.56 sec off the pace.
Jess also picked up eighth on the Billy Congo/Kannan eight-year-old Billy In Fashion in the 1* 1.35m speed 10 sec off the pace. Tim also returned a steady clear on Miss Fritz for 12th in the 66-entry class.
Oliver Tuff finished fourth in the 70-horse 2* 1.35m speed on Idocus VD Bisschop, the Echo Van Het Neerenbosch/Utrillo Van De Heffinck 10-year-old 4.35 sec behind the winner. Simon rode the nine-year-old Katie into ninth, Nicole Pavitt was 12th on Cornet and James Smith was also clear for 16th on Flinstering.
And Oliver posted victory in the 1* 1.25m speed on the Warrant nine-year-old Esgracia, holding off all challenges from his 73 rivals to win by 3.37 sec. Lowri Ball was third with the 11-year-old Christina III and Sammy Cotton was also clear for 18th on Gregor LV.
James Smith finished fourth in the 2* 1.30m speed on the nine-year-old Olivers Diamond (Luidam/Diamond Lad) more than four sec behind the pace. Joe Fernyhough took seventh on Fidibus and Peter Moloney was 10th aboard Antoinette Manciaise.
James picked up eighth on Twix De La Roque in the 32-horse 1* 1.30m, the Kannan/Cumano 11-year-old finishing 3.14 sec behind the winner.
Jasmin Clark took second in the 42-strong medium tour amateur 1.15m on the Ustinov 11-year-old Curosa III 2.23 sec behind the pace.
Eleanor Simpson netted fifth in the 77-strong amateur 1.20m on My Lucky Day, the nine-year-old mare finishing 2.38 sec behind the pace. One time faults dropped Sammy Cotton and Call Me Cornet to 12th.
Tina Guppy claimed fifth and 10th in the small tour amateur 1.15m speed on Miss Majestic and Conte K. Guy Hodgson took ninth with Count Hunter.
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