Holly Smith landed the first of the 5* classes with a speedy round in the 1.45m two-phase on Fruselli on day three of Royal Windsor.
Thirty-five contended the Manama Speed Stakes with Holly racing ahead on the nine-year-old Zambesi/Karandasj stallion to win with 0.70 sec to spare. Ireland’s Bertram Allen netted second spot on GK Casper and Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs finished third aboard Silver Shine. Eighteen pairings posted double clears in this welcome class with William Funnell in fourth on Billy McCain, John Whitaker guided Argento into eighth, Ben Maher was 11th on Tic Tac and Harry Charles eased ABC Quantum Cruise finished in 14th place.
Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet claimed the 5* 1.55m on Spike VD Withoeve. Sixteen of the 34 starters provided round one clears to go forward to the jump-off with Gregory outpacing all to take to the top spot on the 10-year-old Spike.
"He has a big stride and I used it to take out strides down distances, especially from the first fence to the second. He's fairly inexperienced so I'm happy," said Gregory, who is on his first visit to Royal Windsor.
Harry Charles was best Brit in fifth aboard the Contendro I 13-year-old Borsato 1.46 sec in arrears of the winner. Ten produced double clears with Guy Williams in seventh on Cicero II and Ben Maher ewas ninth aboard Concona just ahead of William Funnell and Billy Diamo in 10th.
Allana Clutterbuck claimed victory in the 1.35m grand prix with Vykinbay in an eight-horse decider, the Quartz Du Chanu/Diamant De Semilly 10-year-old forging ahead to take the win by 0.49 sec from Georgia Tame – already a winner this week –riding Coquette Chapotiere with the only other double clear. Joseph Stockdale beat the winning time but a fraction but a lowered rail dropped him into third place on Tornado Des Monts with Lily Freeman-Attwood in fourth aboard Karibou Horta. Charlie Jones rode First Class III into fifth and William Funnell claimed sixth with Billy Kat.
William Rekert topped the B and C with Hot Blue Bird in a six-horse jump-off, claiming 1.32 sec in hand over Joe Fernyhough in second on Calcourt Fidibus. Will Fletcher returned the steadiest of the double clears for third on Drewmain Cedric. Laura Renwick was the fastest of the lot on Maverick but a rail down dropped them to fourth. Suzanne Gill also came home on four with Internable Du Forgeron and James Fisher finished on eight to take sixth with Fancypina.
In Busto Arsizio, Italy, Katie Gygax clinched sixth in the 71-strong 1.30m speed with the Quality Touch/Fergar Mail 10-year-old Vigo Mail 1.51 sec behind the pace. Ultimatum Deal earned Katie ninth spot in the 1.40m speed with 109 starters, the pair finishing three sec off the pace.
Katie picked up 12th in the 87-horse 1.35m two-phase on Ubie De Givre 2.70 sec behind the winner. And Katie jumped a steady clear in the 74-entry 1.15m speed for 16th with Halloween Sitte more than nine sec behind the winner. Dan Neilson took 18th on Matrone VD Donkhoeve and Julie Andrews was 21st aboard How Easy.
An easy double clear in the six-year-old 1.25m two-phase handed Dan Neilson and Carat 15th place.
Ben Talbot picked up a total of five faults to take 13th in the seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase with Hertogin VI S.
In Maubeuge, France, Emily Ward jumped into sixth in the young horse 1.30m speed with the Je Taime Flamenco seven-year-old mare Tilla Flamenco 2.88 sec off the pace.
Four faults in the second round of the 1.50m dropped Louise Saywell and Jellelah OL down to 17th.
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