Graham Gillespie jumps to victory in Belgium

Graham Gillespie outpaced all his 1.45m rivals to take victory on Andretti in Opglabbeek, Belgium. 

The 93 starters were reduced to 17 for the jump-off but none could catch Graham and the Acodetto/Candillo 13-year-old and they swept into a win by 0.44 sec.  Italy’s Silvia Bazzani finished second on Chico Z with Ireland’s Mikey Pender taking third aboard HHS Fortune.  Eight faults put Matt Sampson on Valse De Pepinvast to 16th.

Tom Reilly eased Carden Moon Beam into ninth in the 69-horse 2* 1.35m speed, the Baloubet Du Rouet 10-year-old finishing almost four sec off the pace.  Graham Gillespie (Quantum KS), David Simpson (Jenson 55) and Matt Sampson (Geneve R) gave their horses an easy trip out to come home on one time fault apiece for 20th, 21st and 22nd.

Grace Hooper netted 10th in the 66-entry 2* 1.40m two-phase on Lord Lenitas, the Limbus 14-year-old finishing 7.46 sec behind the pace.  Joe Davison took 15th and 17th on Elgento and Vilenco while Graham Gillespie also jumped a double clear on Calvaro’s Up To Date for 22nd.

Pippa Goddard guided Nero Van De Kwade Heyde into third in the 52-strong six-year-old speed, the Echo Van T Spieveld/Lux Z stallion finishing 0.99 sec behind the winner.  William Rekert claimed sixth on Diakalou PS (Diarado/Stakkatol) and Pippa picked up 14th with a steadier clear on second ride Ice Man.

Pippa returned a clear round in the five-year-old 1.10m speed with Sharpie TW (Shere Khan Du Banney/Cento) to take seventh more than eight sec behind the pace.

A steady clear in the seven-year-old handed James Billington and Helsinki VDL (Baltic VDL/Corland) into 12th nine sec off the pace.

 

Karl Robins posted a good clear on G Camille HBF in the diamond 1.45m to take sixth at Magna Racino in Austria. 

Forty-three contended this speed class with one-time leader Karl on the VDL Zirocco Blue eight-year-old Camille eventually settling for sixth spot 3.91 sec behind the winner, the Ukraine’s Anastasiia Yershova on Osman.  Karl was just 0.30 sec behind his earlier time with second ride Stapleton Mist to take ninth.

Eoin Gallagher claimed fifth in the gold 1.40m with Flugel M.  Thirty-three contended this speed class with British-based Irishman Eoin riding for Oakingham Stud finishing 1.14 sec behind the winner on the nine-year-old Cornet Obolensky stallion for fifth.

Mackenzie Ray guided Oakingham Lira into second in the six-year-old 1.25m speed, the Tornesch/Del Piero P&B mare 1.60 sec off the pace.  And Mackenzie also finished fourth on the Vigo D Arsouilles stallion Oakingham Sterling.

Anna Robins clinched second place in the five-year-old 1.15m speed with the Old Chap Tame mare Eleanora Untamed 2.80 sec behind the pace.  Shane O’Meara guided OS Hermintage into third while four faults dropped Hannah Berryman on HG’s Joy and Jack Stirling’s OS Tinto Rioja down to fourth and eighth.

Four faults in the seven-year-old 1.35m speed dropped Eoin Gallagher and the Elvis Ter Putte son Milando down to 12th.

Ashley Ray returned an easy clear more than eight sec behind the pace in the silver 1.30m speed to take seventh on the Careful/For Pleasure 11-year-old Care For.  Shane jumped one of the slowest clears for 13th on Babou Derick while four faults put Eoin on Bigstar Derick and Mackenzie with Valse De Boguin into 17th and 19th. 

A steady clear in the bronze 1.15m speed put Eoin and Cavallero into sixth 14 sec behind the winner.  Anna picked up four faults on Karakoram UK Z to finish ninth. 

 

In Drammen, Norway, Zoe Potter jumped an easy double clear on the five-year-old Floris/Ovidius mare Jolo Van’T Veller to take 10th in the five and six-year-old 1.10/1.20m two-phase handicap 6.60 sec off the pace.

Four faults in the first phase of the 2* gold 1.35m two-phase put Zoe and Monical LH into 13th.

 

 

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