Chloe Aston and Matt Sampson posted a British one-two in Opglabbeek, Belgium, holding off serious challenges in a mammoth class.
Eighty-five contended the 1.40m speed with Chloe storming ahead to take the top spot on the Carlow Van De Helle/Carvallo eight-year-old Flavie Van De Helle. Matt was right behind to take second on Firefly W, the Nabab De Reve/Voltaire nine-year-old just 0.21 sec off the pace.
Matt scored a win in the six-year-old 1.25m with the consistent Ivory. Twenty-three of the 37 starters reached round two to make the jump-off hot, but Matt has quickly established a rapport with this scopey Don BHP Z/Cartogran mare and they edged ahead to take the win by 0.27 sec. Chloe had to settle for third on this occasion on Nistria Chanti Z (Nabab De Reve/Diamant De Semilly 1.46 sec in arrears and Phillip Spivey finished sixth on the Cornet’s Balou/Chacco-Blue stallion Cornet’s Blue. Luke Barham provided the steadiest of the double clears on Diamanthella VG Z for 13th place.
Four faults in round one dropped Chloe on Amigo T and Matt with Valse De Pepinvast out of the running in the 2* 1.45m grand prix to take 14th and 18th. Germany’s Laurenz Buhl headed the nine-horse jump-off on Chatalgo.
And Matt posted four faults in round one of the 29-horse 1* 1.35m grand prix on Encore for 10th spot.
Sam Hutton guided Goodwill V/D Coefering into third in the seven-year-old. Eleven of the 48 starters with Sam and Toulon/Quatar De Plape gelding finishing 0.47 sec off the pace.
An easy clear in the 1* 1.15m speed earned Luke 10th place on Illusion.
Zoe Potter finished third in the 2* gold small final 1.40m in Drammen, Norway, with Monica LH. Fifty-eight contended this speed class with Zoe and the Verdi/Raphael eight-year-old 2.62 sec behind the pace.
In Fontainebleau, France, Anthony Condon was one of the 13 from 69 starters to reach the jump-off of the 2* 1.45m grand prix but four faults in round two on the Hales family’s Arko stallion son SFS Aristio put them into 10th place.
Clear and four in the 70-strong seven-year-old grand prix put Anthony and the Ogano Sitte/Quaprice Bois Margot Quincy stallion Chic Du Rouet into 11th.
Jodie Hall-Mcateer was denied a jump-off chance in the 2* 1.40m small grand prix by one time fault and had to settle for 14th with Fantom.
Alexandra Thornton returned the steadiest of the clears in the 2* 1.35m speed to take sixth with the Chacco-Blue 13-year-old Charielle 10 sec behind the winner.
Melissa Eagles was one of six riders to finish round one of the 55-horse amateur 1.25m grand prix on one time fault to take 15th on Freedom. Melissa came home on five faults in the 28-strong 1* 1.35m to finish seventh on Axle.
Claire Read was almost six sec behind the pace to take eighth in the amateur 1.10m speed on Four Roses CMS.
In Busto Arsizio, Italy, Douglas Duffin slotted the Clinton/Orlando nine-year-old Fan into second place in the 66-horse 1.35m speed 1.49 sec behind the winner.
Dan Neilson posted the steadiest of the clears in the 23-strong six-year-old 1.25m speed to take ninth on Carat.
Eight faults in the 16-strong jump-off of the 2* 1.45m grand prix put Julie Andrews and Ayrton IV into 15th.
One time fault in round one of the seven-year-old put Ben Talbot and Hertogin VI S in ninth.
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