Billy Twomey was just a fraction away from winning on day one at Canteleu, France, with Ardcolum Duke.
Seventy-five contended the 1.45m speed with Billy and the 14-year-old Gypsy Duke/Clover Hill stallion slotting into the runner-up position just 0.11 sec behind the winner, France’s Max Thirouin on Jewel De Kwakenbeek. Simon Buckley eased the nine-year-old Elia into eighth. Louise Saywell also jumped a steady clear for 17th on Lady Lou.
Matt Sampson jumped into third in the 1.35m speed with Candy 763, the Candiro eight-year-old finishing 1.67 sec behind the winner, France’s Mathieu Billot on the big-jumping Dassler – a former ride of Louise Saywell and Billy Twomey. Louise guided Sharp Image into ninth and Harriet Nuttall took 12th on Dulf.
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