Brits dominated the age class finals on the final day of week two at Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, topping all three with Pippa Goddard and Scott Brash taking the wins.
Pippa scored an amazing double with five and six-year-old wins. The consistent Nero Van De Kwade Heyde headed the six-year-old 1.30m for Pippa as Brits filled three of the top four places. Sixteen of the 41 starters contended the jump-off with Pippa and the scopey Echo Van’t Spieveld/Lux Z stallion easing ahead to win by 0.97 sec. Emily Sage slotted I Am A Harley (Harley VDL/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve) into second with Pippa also taking fourth on Iceman (Dallas VDL/Corland). Four faults dropped Emma Stoker on Q Seven and William Rekert’s Diakalou PS to equal 10th when they dead-heated on time.
Pippa dominated the five-year-old 1.15m speed with the top two places, winning on Calisey TW (Conthargos/Carthago) and taking second aboard Con Man TW (Conthargos/Cartoon), 2.12 sec separating the two. Emily and Centino Blue TW claimed third and Emma Stoker posted steadier clears with Chico II and Carisma II for eighth and ninth.
Scott jumped to the top in the seven-year-old 1.35m Hello Zachary in a 20-strong jump-off, yielded from 59 starters, the Elvis Ter Putte/Lord Z gelding claiming 0.73 sec in hand.
Chloe Winchester topped the 43-strong 2* small 1.35m speed on Corcon, the Corrado I/Contender nine-year-old winning by 0.84 sec.
Lucy Wood triumphed in the 1* medium 1.25m with Heerdelon. Seventeen of the 49 starters reached the jump-off with Lucy and the Toulon/Lux seven-year-old winning by 0.94 sec. Chloe clinched fifth almost three sec in arrears on Gaia and Claire Beecroft was also double clear for sixth on Vanda Cartier.
Brits filled the top three places in the 1* 1.15m 18-horse decider, Harry Bateman forging ahead to take the win on the Legolas/Concept seven-year-old Belladonna V by more than two sec. Caroline Breen challenged but had to settle for second and third on the Ard VDL Douglas 14-year-old Kilmastulla Douglas and Canturano 11-year-old Dokyra Fortuna. Natasha Dunsdon on NN Celine and Chloe with Neon VD Bisschop also posted double clears for 10th and 12th. Four faults dropped Natasha’s second ride Bridge Town to 17th.
Emma Stoker clinched ninth spot in the 2* medium 1.40m speed with Balkana Du Tillard eight sec off the pace.
William Whitaker was one of eight riders to incur time faults only in the 1* 1.35/1.40m grand prix and finished 14th on RMF Corvich. British-based American Laura Kraut took the win by 0.52 sec on Galliano VM.
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