Anthony Condon was less than a second from a win on day one in St Tropez with Zira VH Kapelhof Z.
Thirty-six contended the 4* 1.40m two-phase with British-based Irishman Anthony easing hr Hales family’s 10-year-old Zurich mare into the runner-up spot 0.88 sec behind the winner, France’s Julien Gonin on Uderzo De Rance.
Anthony eased SFS Aristio into fifth in the world ranking 1.45m speed. Thirty-one contended with Anthony and the Hales family’s 13-year-old Arko/Voltaire stallion finishing four sec behind the winner, France’s Edward Levy on Rebeca LS. John Whitaker was close behind for sixth on Unick Du Francport.
Jodie Hall-McAteer jumped into fourth in the 3* 1.50m in Lisbon, Portugal, with Fantom.
Sixty-two started in this speed class with Jodie and the Mr Visto/Fantasia 10-year-old 3.20 sec behind the winner, Portugal’s Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida on Kafka VD Heffinck.
British-based Irishmen Richard Howley with the Indoctro nine-year-old Farianne and Trevor Breen’s Caretino 10-year-old Clyde VA took fifth and sixth.
Graham Gillespie guided Calvaro’s Up To Date into second in the 70-strong 3* 1.40m speed, the home-bred Calvaro FC/Up To Date nine-year-old just 0.12 sec behind the pace. Jess Dimmock slotted the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve eight-year-old Billy Fleance into fifth with Jodie in 11th on Quickborn 8 and Alison Barton picked up 12th aboard Billy Rembrandt.
Jess was also fifth in the 38-horse 1.45m two-phase on the Clearway 10-year-old Primo Bella Swan almost five sec off the pace. Chris Frazer was also double clear with Quisandro for 10th spot.
Graham Babes jumped into second in the 2* 1.40m with Glencoe on day one in Hardelot, France.
Thirty-two contended this speed class with Graham and the Chellthago Z/Numero Uno eight-year-old having to settle for the runner-up spot by the tiniest of fractions, just 0.08 sec behind the winner. Jane Annett returned on one time fault for 11th on Billy Du Montois and four faults dropped Millie Allen’s Quinu De Pravia to 17th.
Jake Saywell guided Lukas Van De Kievitsdriesen into second in the 1.30m speed, the Edjaz Van’t Merelsnest eight-year-old finishing 2.53 sec behind the winner. Charlie Jones eased into third with First Class with Jake also taking 11th on Havinia Van De Roshoeve. Jane Annett finished 12th on Hold Up, Millie Allen was 14th aboard Erik and Tony French was also clear with Arkol for 18th.
Isabel Saywell eased Con Chilli into fifth in the 40-horse amateur 1.20, two-phase 1.54 sec behind the winner. Tom Hollins was also double clear for ninth on How About Now and four faults dropped Alice Rae and Henry W into 20th.
Kate Ward claimed sixth in the 28-strong 1.10m speed on Ears Two 10 sec off the pace.
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