Matt Sampson scores a double victory

Matt Sampson scored a handsome double in Bonheiden, Belgium.

Sixty-six contended the 2* 1.40m speed but none could match the on-form Matt as he swept into an unbeatable lead on Firefly W, the Nabab De Reve/Voltaire nine-year-old winning with 2.91 sec in hand.  Graham Gillespie was 3.55 sec in arrears for third on the home-bred Calvaro FC/Up To Date nine-year-old mare Calvaro’s Up To Dateand Phillip Spivey was also clear to take 11th with Smirnov.

Just 24 hours after taking a win, Matt and Ivory scored their second victory in the six-year-old 1.20m.  Twenty-five competitors tackled this two-phase class with Matt and the Don VHP Z/Cartogran mare coming out on top with 0.61 sec to spare.  Laura Mantel eased Idaho (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Orlando into third with Chloe Aston close behind for fourth on the Nabab De Reve/Diamant De Semilly mare Nistria Chanti Z.  Phillip Spivey was also double clear aboard Cornet’s Blue for ninth.

Carmen Edwards steered Happy Valerie into second in the 44-horse seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase, the Verdi/Dutchboy mare 0.76 sec behind the winner. 

Paul Gaff guided the Cidane/Burggraaf stallion Jonagold into third in the five-year-old 1.10m two-phase 0.47 sec behind the pace.  Four faults in the second phase dropped Carmen and Edena Mouche to sixth. 

Carmen slotted the seven-year-old Magic Chanti into fourth in the 1.20m two-phase 2.70 sec behind the winner.  Paul was double clear on Grey Dawn Hildare for seventh in the 38-strong class.

A steady clear almost 10 sec behind the pace put Emily Ward and Millioininmind into 12th in the 74-horse 2* 1.30m speed.  Jack Whitaker was also penalty-free for 15th on Elucar VE.

 

 

In Magna Racino, Austria, Karl Robins jumped into seventh in the mammoth 95-entry 2* diamond 1.45m speed with G Camille HBF, the eight-year-old Zirocco Blue mare finishing 3.73 sec behind the winner.

 

Hannah Berryman slotted Balios Ar Park into fourth in the bronze 1.20m speed, the Ensor Van De Heffinck eight-year-old finishing more than seven sec off the pace.  Ashley Ray was also clear for seventh on the 12-year-old Quite Easy daughter Quite A Flower.

A steady clear in the silver 1.30m speed put Eoin Gallagher and Bigstar Derick into 11th almost nine sec behind the pace.  Ashley Ray was also clear to take 14th on Apart P.

One time fault dropped Eoin and Cavallero down the order in the 1* bronze 1.15m speed and they took ninth spot.

 

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