Chloe Aston hit form with long-term partner Amigo T take the 2* 1.40m in a British one-two in Opglabbeek, Belgium.
Sixty-five contended this speed class and grand prix qualifier – divided into two sections due to the mammoth entries – with Chloe and the Padinus 14-year-old storming ahead to take victory by 0.84 sec. Matt Sampson chased hard for second place on the Nabab De Reve nine-year-old Firefly W and Phillip Spivey guided Tracey and Greg Forrest’s Diamant De Semilly nine-year-old mare Darya I Nur into fourth place.
In the second section of the 1.40m speed with another 65 entries, Joe Clayton eased Cornados into 13th place with a steady clear 14 sec off the pace. Sam Hutton with Flavio and Joe on second ride Franka Trichta also posted clears for 21st and 22nd places.
Matt claimed a double victory later in the day. He topped the 53-strong 1* 1.30m two-phase with the Nabab De Reve/Damiro 10-year-old Encore by 0.20 sec. Phillip again claimed fourth on the Romanov eight-year-old Alicerova and Reece Oliver was also double clear on Cranny Chippy Lady for eighth.
Matt’s second win came in the six-year-old 1.20m two-phase with the consistent Ivory. Forty contended here with Matt and the Don VHP Z/Cartogran mare winning by 1.23 sec. Chloe eased Nistria Chanti Z into 10th and Luke Barham finished on just one time fault for 19th on Diamanthella VG Z.
Matt picked up fifth in the 80-entry 2* 1.35m speed with Cristo Beech, the It’s the Business/Cantero eight-year-old finishing 4.27 sec behind the pace.
Two time faults put Tim Wilks into eighth on Ma Pomme De Tamerville in the 24-horse 1* 1.15m two-phase.
In Fontainebleau, France, Anthony Condon guided Zira VH Kapelhof Z into seventh in the 79-entry 2* 1.45m. Only nine accessed the jump-off with Anthony supplying another easy clear on the Zurich 10-year-old mare. Jodie Hall-Mcateer rode a similar round for eighth on Fantom. Lance Whitehouse was unlucky not to join them but Vik II was one of 11 to pick up one time fault in round one to finish 10th.
Jodie rode Quickborn 8 into seventh in the 74-horse 1* 1.35m speed to qualify for the small grand prix, the Quintender eight-year-old finishing seven sec off the pace. And Jodie jumped a steady clear in the 2* 1.30m speed to take 16th on Coquin De Coquerie Z just ahead of Sam Ward on Boxted Boy in 18th.
An easy clear in the 47-strong six-year-old 1.25m speed earned Lance 14th spot on White Sparke Argo more than 11 sec off the pace.
Steady clears in the 73-horse seven-year-old1.30m speed earned Anthony 16th spot on Chic Du Rouet and Sam Ward 20th with Celebrity Girl.
Claire Read slotted the Ukato nine-year-old mare Four Roses CMS into fourth in the 48-strong amateur 1.10m speed 2.39 sec behind the pace. Kate Ward jumped a steady clear on Magano Van De Pertjeshoeve to take 16th.
In Drammen, Norway, Zoe Potter took sixth in the 46-strong 2* gold 1.45m on Monica LH, the eight-year-old Verdi daughter finishing sixth sec behind the pace.
Zoe claimed fifth in the 55-horse five and six-year-old 1.10/1.20m on the five-year-old mare Jolo Van’t Veller (Floris/Ovidius) 3.22 off the pace.
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