Nissi Ladell claimed two of the top three places in the 1.15m on day one in Knokke, Belgium.
Twenty-seven contended this 1* two-phase with Nissi claiming the top spot with 0.43 sec to spare on the nine-year-old mare Exclusive Vant Schaaphof. And she also rode the VDL Zirocco Blue eight-year-old Ginaselli VD Beekzijde into third more than three sec in arrears. Steady rounds from Sam Hutton returned a clean sheet to take 17th with Voyou De Tiji Z.
Emma Stoker guided Q Seven (Quaid/Stakkato) into fourth in the 35-strong six-year-old 1.25m two-phase 3.39 sec off the pace. A steady double clear handed Jane Annett and Impala 17th place.
Anna Wilks slotted Mijnheer Van De Lantamel (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Toulon) in eighth in the 34-horse seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase 4.74 sec behind the pace. Emma Stoker eased Milton into 16th and Joe Clayton returned the steadiest of the double clears for 18th on Extasy.
Zak Beesley claimed third in the 2* 1.30m two-phase in Bonheiden, Belgium, by a fraction of a second with Sharon Whiteway’s Ultima.
Fifty-three contended this class and it was fiercely competitive with Zak and the Casall/Locato 15-year-old finishing just 0.06 sec behind the winner. Zak was even quicker on VDL Groep Alitta but a rail down dropped the 14-year-old mare down from a possible victory to 11th.
Joe Clee piloted Princess Sparkle (Bravour/New Balance) into third in the 49-horse six-year-old 1.20m two-phase 3.20 sec behind the pace. Phillip Spivey jumped into 11th on Cornet’s Blue, Megan James was double clear on Kevin Sleap’s Iniesta KS (I’m Special De Muze/Larino) and Iomie (Zavall VDL/Legaat) for 14th and 21st and Beth Vernon took 19th with Incognito BH (Captain Cooper/Carthago Z).
Megan eased Carmel Bay into sixth in the five-year-old 1.10m two-phase, the Messenger/Conthargos mare 3.63 sec behind the pace.
A steady clear in the 97-strong 2* 1.35m speed handed Zak Beesley and Novita Jovial Z 18th place almost 14 sec behind the winner.
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