Laura Renwick scored a magnificent victory double on the final day of the Glock’s Perfection tour in Treffen, Austria, including the top-billed 5* grand prix.
Thirty-four initially contended this top world-ranking 1.60m track with the combination, a late double of verticals and a tight time allowed testing the riders. Only seven returned clear rounds to reach the jump-off with utilising tight turns and a forward pace to take the win by 1.32 sec on Arabella Prior’s Vigaro/Calvados 11-year-old Dublin V.
Fellow Brit Robert Whitaker chased hard to take second on the Colman 16-year-old Catwalk IV to make a British one-two. Guy Williams came home on four in the first round to finish 13th on Cicero II.
Laura was delighted.
“This is my third year here as a guest and it has always been a dream of mine to win the Grand Prix. The fact that it really has happened here at the unique Glock Horse Performance Centre is unbelievable and absolutely wonderful!”
Twelve of the best seven and eight-year-old from 22 starters contended the jump-off in the youngster tour final over a track of 1.40 (seven-year-olds) and 1.45m (eight-year-olds) with Laura taking the win on the home-bred seven-year-old Maverick (Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker).
“He’s a very promising horse. He obviously feels very happy here and has developed well over the weekend, because he jumped even better today than on the first day,” said Laura.
Guy claimed more than two sec in hand in the 1.50m speed but four faults dropped Rouge De Revel down to ninth. Robert also came home on four with Cash Sent for 14th in the 29-strong class.
One mistake in round one of the 2* 1.45m grand prix dropped Lily Freeman-Attwood and Karibou Horta into 10th spot as the fastest four-faulter. Switzerland’s Dominik Fuhrer took the win in the six-horse decider with Call Me Carly.
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