William Funnell is a winner in France

William Funnell claimed victory in the seven-year-old 1.35m with Billy Spiral in Le Touquet, France.  Sixty-one tackled this speed class with William outpacing them all on the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico mare to win by 1.97 sec. 

Guy Williams slotted Rouge De Ravel into fourth in the 3* 1.40m.  Twelve of the 49 starters reached the jump-off with Guy posting another clear on the Ultimo Van Ter Moude 14-year-old stallion to finish 1.07 sec behind the winner, France’s Mathieu Billot and Lagavulin 2.  Eight riders finished on time faults including William Funnell, in 18th on Billy McCain, Richard Howley’s Seahorse Z in 19th and Robert Whitaker in 20th with Cash Sent.

Robert made just one mistake in the 21-horse 3* 1.40m Derby on Javas Wild Child and the pair came home on four faults for fifth place.  Kirstie Leightley with Thais D’La Verrerie and James Wilson’s Gossip SA returned on eight faults to take eighth and 13th.

Kirstie had to settle for second in the 21-horse 3* 1.40m speed on Sunshine De La Love.  Twenty-four tackled this class with Kirstie and the Dollar Dela Pierre 13-year-old finishing 1.68 sec behind the winner, British-based American Laura Kraut with Cleopatra.  Joseph Stockdale slotted Gunner into fifth and James was also clear on Eskola M for ninth.

Antonia Platt claimed fourth in the 78-strong 1* 1.25m on G Star Blue, the eight-year-old Mr Blue daughter finishing 1.41 sec behind the pace.  Four faults in the 17-horse decider put Jack Nicklin on Cwiebus KK and Polly Shaw’s Why Not Fado into 10th and 12th.

Victoria Wearing eased 10-year-old Drumin Jacko (Jack of Diamonds/Cruising) into fourth in the 72-strong amateur 1.15m speed 1.96 sec off the pace.  Ella Popely was also clear on Avondale Ely for 15th.  Sarah Borthwick finished 11th in the 72-horse amateur 1.15m section B on Blatinka.


Hannah Berryman was less than half a sec off the pace in the five-year-old 1.15m with HG’s Joy and had to settle for second place in Magna Racino, Austria.

Twelve contended this two-phase class with Hannah and the Billy Congo/Holland mare finishing 0.42 sec behind the winner for the runner-up spot.  Mackenzie Ray posted the steadiest of the double clears for fourth on OS Chateau Pape Clement while Jack Stirling on OS Le Corton Grand took fifth on one time fault and Shane O’Meara came home on two faults with OS Bourgogne Rouge for sixth. 

Shane guided Arindy Z into second in the silver tour 1.30m two-phase, the nine-year-old mare finishing 2.45 sec behind the pace.  Ashley Ray on Quite A Flower and Eoin Gallagher with Da Vinci De Bosrand Z also posted double clears for ninth and 13th.

Eoin and Di Caprio reached the eight-horse jump-off of the 52-strong diamond 1.45m but eight faults in round two put the Diarado eight-year-old into eighth place. 

Mackenzie eased Oakingham Lira into fifth in the 22-strong six-year-old 1.25m two-phase 3.09 sec off the pace.  Shane finished sixth on Oakingham Escudo and Mackenzie was also double clear for 10th with Oakingham Sterling.

Four faults in the silver 1.20m speed dropped Anna Robins and Karakorum UK Z into eighth spot.


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