Laura Renwick posted a double victory in Le Touquet, France, with two home-bred youngsters.
Fifty-one contended the 3* 1.40m speed with Laura forging ahead on Arkuga, an Arko III eight-year-old out of Laura’s former top speed horse, the Heartbreaker mare Beluga, winning by 1.38 sec. Angelie von Essen on Luikan Q and Peter Moloney with Chianti’s Champion both incurred two time faults apiece for 17th and 18th.
Laura jumped to the top in the 1* 1.35m with Maverick. The 63 starters were reduced to just 10 for the jump-off with Laura racing ahead to take the win on the Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker seven-year-old by 0.15 sec.
Laura also claimed second in the 48-entry 3* 1.35m with Sharon Whiteway’s Novita Jovial Z, the Nabab De Reve/Carthago Z eight-year-old mare just 0.29 sec off the pace. A steadier clear form James Wilson on Gossip SA finished 10th.
Angelie guided Cochella into third in the 3* 1.50m. Sixteen of the 74 starters made it through to the jump-off with British-based Swede Angelie posting another clear to finish 0.41 sec behind the winner on the Cartani 4/Lord 14-year-old. Eight faults in round two dropped Laura and Dublin V into 16th.
Arabella Prior returned victorious in the 1* 1.20m two-phase with Friso, guiding the Azteca VDL/Phin Phin nine-year-old into a 0.21 sec win. Jack Nicklin claimed third in this 34-strong class on the 12-year-old Cwiebus KK 0.38 sec in arrears and Holly Miller picked up three time faults on Notis Me for 13th place.
Polly Shaw eased Why Not Fado into second in the 60-strong 1* 1.25m speed, the 12-year-old Cardenio mare finishing 1.66 sec behind the pace.
Shane Breen claimed second in the opening class of the Longines Global champions tour in Shanghai with Colmar.
Fifty-seven started in the 5* 1.50m two-phase with Shane and the Colestus/Quidam’s Rubin nine-year-old finishing in the runner-up spot 0.83 sec behind the French speed star Julien Epaillard on Usual Suspect D’Auge. Scott Brash was less than a second in arrears for fourth on the Stolzenberg/For Pleasure 10-year-old Hello Shelby.
William Whitaker was best Brit in the 5* 1.55m with four faults in the first round putting RMF Charly into 21st. Belgium’s Pieter Devos topped the nine-horse decider on Jade V Bisschop with a 0.23 sec advantage over Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli on VDL Edgar M.
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