Brits dominated the penultimate day at Royal Windsor as Guy Williams, Holly Smith and Robert Whitaker all posted wins.
The on-form Holly Smith – already a winner this week with the first 5* class on Fruselli – seized victory in the feature class of the day with Hearts Destiny, winning the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King’s Cup.
Only six of the 31 starters posted first round clears over course-designer Bob Ellis’ 1.55m testing track to access the jump-off with Holly and the Heart Throb/Rabino 10-year-old – bred on Britain by Steph Callwood and Barbara Scott – claiming a convincing win by 1.13 sec.
Holly was ecstatic - "An absolutely incredible day and one I'll never forget - it's not often you get your trophy given to you by the Queen!"
Ben Maher made it a British one-two bringing the Clinton/Darco 16-year-old Tic Tac into second place. Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs returned the steadiest of the double clears for third on The Sinner and four faults at first element of the swan-themed double dropped Harry Charles and the Contendro I 13-year-old Borsato into fourth.
Guy jumped to the top in the 5* 1.50 Falcon Stakes with a final round flyer on Rouge De Ravel. Ten of the 32 starters tackled the jump-off but Guy had all the turns sewn up on the 14-year-old Ultimo Van Ter Moude/Quouglof Rouge stallion to win by 0.46 sec.
"I won here last year, and it seems to be a great Show for me – I don’t know what it is about this Arena! I always love competing here as the crowds are absolutely fantastic,” said Guy.
Canada’s Tiffany Foster slotted Brighton into second with William Funnell in third aboard the 11-year-old Billy McCain (Cevin Z/Cruising). Eight faults dropped Laura Renwick and Arkuga, a home-bred eight-year-old by Arko II just stepping up to this level, into 10th spot.
Robert Whitaker scored his second win of the week with Major Delacour, topping the 1.45m grand prix. Nine of the 23 starters accessed the jump-off with Robert and the Ksar-Sitte/Leopard 11-year-old galloping ahead to take victory with 1.64 sec in hand. Lily Freeman-Attwood eased Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek 2 into second with Jay Halim’s Aragon Z in third. Georgia Tame took fourth on Z7 Cash Up, Shane Breen netted fifth on Deff Ten Halven and Rose Moss provided the steadiest of the double clears for sixth on Carlos F.
Katie Gygax jumped to the top in the 1.30m two-phase with Vigo Mail in Busto Arsizio, Italy. Forty-eight contended this class with Katie forging ahead on the Quality Touch/Fergar Mail 10-year-old to win by 0.14 sec.
Kaite guided Ubie Du Givre into fourth in the 1.40m, the French-bred 11-year-old finishing 2.33 sec behind the winner. Douglas Duffin was right behind for fifth on Fan in the 77-strong class.
Dan Neilson slotted the Canturano 10-year-old Edinburgh into sixth in the 63-strong 1.35m speed, finishing 6.21 sec behind the pace. And Dan posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 1.15m two-phase to take 15th on Lyon.
Easy double clears in the 85-entry 1.25m two-phase handed Dan on Matrone VD Donhoeve and Katie’s Halloween Sitte 15th and 16th places.
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