Jonathan Dixon hit the ground running in Wierden, The Netherlands, with a double of wins and was narrowly denied a third.
Ninety-one contended the 2* 1.40m two-phase with Jonathan racing ahead on Esunja, their long-time lead remaining ahead despite several serious challenges. In the end it was close, Jonathan and the 10-year-old Warrant/Zeus mare claiming the win by just 0.03 sec. Jonathan also slotted late-drawn eight-year-old Guus-Geluk (Diarado/Democraat) into third 0.46 sec in arrears while Remy Ellis was also double clear on Flinton C N for 10th.
And Jonathan topped the 2* 1.35m speed with the Wittinger VDL/Darco 12-year-old Fireball, holding off the challenges of all 46 rivals to win by 1.85 sec. A steady round by Helena Cassir picked up one time fault to put Landlord O into 14th place.
Jonathan was just 0.14 sec away from another win in the 48-strong 1* 1.30m two-phase and settled for second with the nine-year-old Bahamas Courage (Baltimore/Dutch Capitol). Sandy McLean was a further 0.33 sec behind for third on the VDL Zirocco Blue eight-year-old Goemanen Musterd and Alex Gill rode the 11-year-old Warrant/Zuidhorn mare Diva into fifth.
Charlene Bastone claimed third in the seven-year-old on the Baltica tour in Poland, with All That Glitters TH. Twenty-three tackled this two-phase class with Charlene and the Billy Congo/Mill Reef VDL mare finishing 1.90 sec off the pace. Jess Mendoza posted a steady double clear for 13th on Heat Off The Night.
And Charlene claimed fourth with a double clear in the five-year-old two-phase on Elixir Du Paradis (Clinton/Indoctro) 1.97 sec behind the winner.
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