Kirstie Leightley (seen here with Thais De La Verrerie) shot to the top in the under 25 1.40m in Lanaken, Belgium, with Sunshine De La Love.
Thirteen of the 58 starters reached the jump-off but Kirstie outpaced them all on the Dollar Dela Pierre 13-year-old to take victory by 0.57 sec.
Guy Williams was 0.94 sec off the winning time and had to settle for second place in the 2* 1.45m with Cicero II. The 72 starters were whittled down to 16 for the jump-off with Guy and the Cicero Z Van Paemel/Guidam 12-year-old slotting in the runner-up spot.
Carron Nicol guided Ginadina PP into fourth in the competitive 96-strong 1* 1.25m. Twenty-eight contended the jump-off with Carron and the Cabrio Van De Heffinck/Winningmood eight-year-old finishing 1.50 sec behind the winner. Jess Mendoza was also double clear for 20th place on I-Cap CI Z.
Isaac Hall netted 11th in the 64-horse 2* 1.30m speed on the Canturano seven-year-old Corazon Van Paebroek Z more than six sec behind the pace.
Isabelle George finished eighth in the 60-horse 1* 1.15m two-phase with the 10-year-old Jaliska Van De Heide 3.96 sec off the pace.
Anna Wilks looked in contention in the 66-horse 2* 1.45m grand prix as she sailed over all the fences on the 15-year-old Undicci but she was one of three riders to finish on one time fault to be kept out of the jump-off and they finished 10th. Only eight made it to the jump-off, The Netherlands’ Leopold van Asten taking the win on VDL Groep Zidane.
In Bonheiden, Belgium, Chris Smith had to settle for second place in the 2* 1.30m speed with the 17-year-old Coriander Van’t Vennehof.
Seventy tackled this class with Chris and relatively new ride Coriander finishing 1.46 sec behind the winner, France’s Titouan Schumacher on Jacqui. Liz Forrester guided the Numero Uno 10-year-old Elivander Emaire into fourth while Jessica Botham filled ninth spot on Gallicia just ahead of Atiya Bussey and Chesterfield Z in 10th. Liz also picked up 13th on Furst Bismark with Danielle Farnsworth in 14th aboard Pequena Beech and Rose Moss was also clear aboard African Affair for 20th spot.
Jessica jumped into third in the 25-strong 2* 1.15m two-phase with Utah’s Utopia, the Utah Van Erpekom 13-year-old mare finishing 2.23 sec off the pace. Liz was immediately behind for fourth on the Zirocco Blue VDL eight-year-old Gassara and Scarlette Norman finished seventh on In Time.
Charlotte Barry claimed fourth in the six-year-old 1.20m in an 11-strong jump-off with Sovereign Equestrian's Durango MA (TaquinDe L’Extase/Nabab De Reve) finishing five sec behind the winner. Joe Clee returned the steadiest of the double clears for fifth on Ballinalard, Rose Moss took sixth on clear and four with Nikita Van Het Geinsteinde and Michael Fursedonn took 11th aboard Newton.
Zak Beesley was just a fraction from victory in the 10-horse jump-off of the five-year-old with Sharon Whiteway’s Invest Z (Inshallah De Muze/Mistral) and had to settle for second 0.31 sec behind the winner. Liz Forrester came home with the steadiest of the double clears to take fifth on Blackson O’Jack Z while four faults dropped Michael and Cevin’s Pleasure from victory to sixth. Lydia Campbell finished seventh on Jirola and Peggy Baker was eighth riding Jozie VD Zwinkhoeve.
Zak came home on clear and four in the seven-horse decider of the seven-year-old 1.30m to take 11th with Harmonia.
Four faults in the second phase of the 3* 1.40m put Joe Clee and Lafayette Van Overis into 10th place.
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