George Whitaker claimed fifth in the second of the six-year-old qualfiers with Shooting Star in a mammoth entry class at the World Breeding Championships in Lanaken, Belgium.
Two hundred and seventy horses tackled this 1.30m speed class with George on the Voss/Indoctro gelding finishing 1.61 sec behind the pace. This promising six-year-old was bred by John Whitaker and George now has a half-share after spotting him jumping at home.
“Me taking the ride was part of the deal,” said George, who won the British-bred six-year-old at Addington Manor’s British Young Horse Championships last month.
Alex Gill took 13th on HVR Halfweg’s Hoop (Numero Uno/Cassini II and Maisie Drea was 17th on the Billy Mexico gelding Okehurst Mr Mexico. British-based Lithuanian Donny Janciauskas was also clear on Cool Quarz (Quarz/Cassicor).
Graham Babes jumped into sixth place with Glencoe in the second of the seven-year-old qualifiers in a 201-strong class. The Chellthago Z/Numero Uno gelding finished 2.21 sec behind the winner.
Five-year-olds jumping clear over a 1.25m track included Laura Robinson on Millfield Colette (Cornet Obolensky/Clearway), Joe Trunkfield with Ivory (Don VHP Z/Cartogran), Lorrain Lock on Artisan (Cevin Z/Premium De Laubry), Chloe Reynolds aboard Darjeeling Desir (Mozart Des Hayettes/Gabyscion), James Billington with Iron Maiden (Quasimodo Van De Molendreef/Indorado), Maisie Drea on Caro Z (Clintissimo Z/Renkum Valentino), Alex Gill on Irvington VDL (Dallas/Quick Star), Nathan Bull with Celesta VD Helle Z (Contadoro Van De Helle/Polidiktus Van DE Helle) and British-based Irishman Richard Howley with Uppercourt Cappucino (Pacino/OBOS Quyality 004) amongst the 103 posting penalty-free rounds.
Germany’s Christian Ahlmann topped the Sires of the World final on the nine-year-old Take A Chance On Me Z (Taloubet Z/Adatus Z) with a 1.42 sec advantage over Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts on the Clinton/Kannan nine-year-old Cigaret JVH Z in a 17-strong jump-off.
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