Jess Dimmock and the scopey Billy Fleance claimed second in a mammoth entry 1.40m in Opglabbeek, Belgium.
Such was the demand here the 1.40m was split into two and 94 contended the second section of the 2* speed and Jess was up there with the quickest. But Jess and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico eight-year-old mare missed out on victory by 1.40 sec and had to settle for the runner-up spot.
James Billington guided Fancy Roos VDL into 10th place with steadier clears from Nina Barbour’s AK’s Culcha Candela and Matt Sampson on Cristo Beech taking 17th and 21st.
Graham Babes jumped an easy clear in the 95-strong 1.40m section two to take 15th on Boucheron eight sec off the pace.
Chloe Aston steered Centa Radol into third in the 63-horse seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase, the Centadel/Stakkatol stallion finishing just 0.20 sec behind the winner. James Billington was also double clear for 13th on Helsinki VDL.
Joe Davison jumped into seventh in the 67-entry 1* 1.20m two-phase on Venezia, the seven-year-old Cardento/Nabab De Reve mare 4.31 sec finishing off the pace. William Maxwell with Quantino and Jess Mendoza’s Heat Off The Night posted double clears for 15th and 16th.
Pippa Goddard rode Calisey TW into eighth in the five-year-old 1.10m two-phase, the Conthargos/Carthago mare jumping a steady double clear almost 10 sec behind the pace.
Grace Hooper posted a double clear for ninth in the 53-strong six-year-old 1.20m two-phase on Ivy League (Castell Caretino/Cardenio) more than three sec off the pace. Pippa netted 15th on Nero Van De Kwade Heyde with Donald Whitaker on Message Me TW and Megan James riding Iniesta KS also penalty-free for 17th and 18th.
Nina was 5.21 sec behind the pace in the 69-entry 2* 1.35m two-phase to take seventh on the Ard VDL Douglas 13-year-old Douglas Delight. Louise Simpson picked up one time fault on Felix X to finish 22nd.
Flo Norris claimed eighth in the 67-strong 1.35m section two on Donatella L’Espoir 6.70 sec behind the winning time.
Claire Salem guided Meteeor into ninth in the 68-entry 1* 1.30m speed, the Memphis/Darco 11-year-old more than nine sec off the pace.
Ellie Guy returned a steady clear in the 1.10m speed to take 17th on Martells Hocus Pocus II more than 13 sec behind the pace.
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