Graham Lovegrove was less than half a sec from victory in the big class of the day in Kronenberg, The Netherlands, with Alfie 192 despite riding with a broken hand.
Sixty started in the 1.40/1.45m with 18 accessing the jump-off, Graham and the 13-year-old Alfie slotting into the runner-up position 0.47 sec behind the winner, Luxembourg’s Charlotte Bettendorf on Raia D’Helby. Laura Kraut eased the Hales family’s home-bred Veni Vidi Vici/Magic Darco eight-year-old SFS Vincomte into fifth with James Wilson in eighth on Eskola M. Nine faults dropped Jodie Hall-Mcateer and Coquin De Coquerie Z down to 17th.
Jodie eased Colette into second in the 2* 1.35m. Sixty-two tackled this speed class with Jodie and the Vincenzo/Heartbreaker 11.year-old finishing 1.10 sec behind the winner. Steven Franks picked up 11th on Rumbolds Warriors Echo and Jodie was also 14th on second ride Salt’N Peppa.
Steven also claimed fourth in the 1.40m two-phase on the Billy Congo 12-year-old Brutus III, 1.49 sec behind the pace. Louise Saywell jumped the Chacco-Blue 10-year-old Charina into seventh just ahead of Chloe Winchester on the eight-year-old Singapore stallion Finnegan D and Deborah Jackson wass 12th on Cassino.
Leo Lamb was best Brit in the 60-horse 1* 1.30m speed with third on Oldtown KC, the 14-year-old Cruising stallion finishing 1.67 sec behind the winner. Chloe guided Arco D’Obercourt into fourth with Matthew Clayton picking up fifth aboard Ardenteggle Poltarf. Deborah Jackson finished 12th on Airelle Flamingo just ahead of Tess Carmichael in 13th on Atlantis PPZ.
Tess slotted the Van Gogh nine-year-old E.Harley into second in the five-strong jump-off of the 1.10m 2.62 sec off the pace.
Louise Simpson guided Starouge (Stakkatol/Papillon Rouge) into fourth in the seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase 1.61 sec off the pace. Robert Smith claimed fifth on the Calvaro FC sired Banzai D’La Rousserie.
Steven steered Billy Ginger into third in the 1* 1.20m. Fifteen of the 46 starters reached the jump-off with Steven and the Billy Congo/Gladstone 12-year-old finishing 1.42 sec behind the winner. Leo claimed fourth on the Cardento I/Burggraaf eight-year-old stallion Kardentox Van Het Gevahof with Chloe Winchester in eighth on Moonjumper VD Vlasbloemhoeve and Freya Hough took 14th on Frensham.
Amy Duncan finished ninth in the 62-horse young horse five and six-year-old 1.20/1.30m on the Adiago/Andiamo Z six-year-old Attitude Z four sec behind the pace. Tom Monagham was clear on the five-year-old Genius and six-year-old Luttoria for 14th and 16th.
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