Graham Babes is in the money in Belgium

Graham Babes secured third place in the 2* 1.45m grand prix with Boucheron in Opglabbeek, Belgium.

Seventy-one initially contended this feature class but only nine provided the required clear to reach the jump-off.  Graham produced the fastest time of the class by more than two sec, but a rail on the floor dropped the Valentino/Burggraaf 13-year-old Boucheron down the line to third.  James Billington was also in the jump-off but eight faults put the nine-year-old Fancy Roos VDL into seventh.  Chloe Aston returned the fastest four faults in round one to take 15th on Amigo T while Matt Sampson (Valde De Pepinvast) and Jess Mendoza (Sam De Bacon) also came home on four faults for 18th and 21st.

Matt galloped into second in the 61-entry 1.40m accumulator on Geneve R, the Eldorado VD Zeshoek/Berlin eight-year-old breaking the beam just 0.17 sec behind the winner, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli on Fastday VDL.  British-based Irishman David Simpson posted maximum scores on the 11-year-old Verdi stallion Jenson 55 and VDL Arkansas 10-year-old Gurtera Cara Dubh to take fourth and ninth.

Pippa Goddard netted third in the 48-strong six-year-old 1.20m on Nero Van De Kwade Heyde, the Echo Van T Spieveld/Lux Z stallion finishing 1.53 sec behind the pace.  William Rekert guided Diakalou PS (Diarado/Stakkatol) into fifth and Pippa was also double clear with Iceman to take 10th in the 22-strong jump-off.    

Joe Davison jumped into fourth in the 57-strong seven-year-old 1.35m with the Diamant De Semilly/Loran mare Denny Love Della Caccia, the finishing more than eight sec off the pace in the 12-horse jump-off.  Ten riders came home on just one time fault including Chloe Aston’s Centa Radol in 16th and Megan James on Calistoga for 22nd.

India Payne claimed second in the 56-strong 1* 1.25m with the Kannan eight-year-old Ballerine De Ravel 0.77 sec behind the winner.  Olivia Howe eased Black Label into fifth and Nina Barbour was also double clear on Cushlas Reviro for eighth in the 22-horse decider.


Mackenzie Ray jumped into third in the EY Cup 1.45m with Fashion ES.  Only four contended the jump-off with Mackenzie and the Diarado nine-year-old incurring four faults second time out to drop into third place.

Ashley Ray posted a steady clear in the bronze 1.25m speed on the Quite Easy 12-year-old Quite A Flower to take 10th spot eight sec off the pace.

Four faults in the seven-year-old 1.35m speed put Eoin Gallagher and the Elvis Ter Putte sired Milando into sixth.  And Eoin finished sixth in the 1.15m with Cavallero.

Four faults in round one of the diamond tour 1.45m denied Karl Robins a jump-off chance and he finished 12th on G Camille HBF.


Zoe Potter had to settle for second by a fraction in the 2* gold 1.40m in Drammen, Norway.  Only 10 contended this speed class with Zoe and the eight-year-old Verdi/Raphael mare Monica LH finishing 0.30 sec behind the winner.

Four faults in round one of the silver tour 1.30m denied Zoe a jump-off chance but she produced the fastest time of the first round to take ninth on the Eurocommerce Washington seven-year-old Wings Z.


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