Harry Charles is denied a win by a fraction in Estoril

Harry Charles is nothing but consistent and, after taking second with Controe in day one’s opening class on the Longines Global Champions tour in Cascais, Estoril, Portugal, he again finished in the runner-up spot in the 5* 1.45m speed by a fraction.

Thirty-six contended this class with Harry and the Wender R/Iroko 12-year-old Controe slotting into second spot just 0.18 sec behind the winner, Portugal’s Antonio Matis Almeida on Irene Van De Kwachthoeve.  Four faults dropped William Whitaker and RMF Chacco Top down to 17th.

Ben Maher was one of four riders to finish round one of the evening’s 1.50m class on one time fault to be denied a jump-off chance and finished 10th with the nine-year-old F One USA.  Scott Brash with Hello Shelby and Emily Moffitt on Copain Du Perchet CH both came home on five faults to take 12th and 17th.  France’s Olivier Robert headed the six-horse decider in the final draw with 0.32 sec in hand on Vangog Du Mas Garnier over Belgium’s Wilm Vermeir on Gentaine De La Pomme in second.



Joe Clee claimed victory in the 3* 1.45m in Bonheiden, Belgium, with Alzu Ohio.

Eighty-six contended this two-phase class but Joe outpaced them all on the Optimum VD Wellington 16-year-old, claiming a half sec advantage over nearest rival, South Africa’s Oliver Lazarus on Chillipepper.



Nissi Ladell is enjoying a terrific show in Knokke, Belgium, and picked up her third win of the week in the 1* 1.15m.

And to underscore her form, she claimed the top two places.  Twenty-eight contended this speed class with Nissi winning on the VDL Zirocco Blue/Cassini II eight-year-old Ginaselli VD Beekzijde and taking second with the nine-year-old mare Exclusive Van’t Schaaphof (pictured), almost three sec separating the two.  Sam Hutton was also clear on Voyou De Tiji Z for ninth.

Joe Clayton eased Baldur 75 into 10th in the 40-entry 3* 1.50m speed 12 sec off the pace.

Anna Wilks returned a steady clear some 10 sec behind the pace in the 60-horse 2* 1.45m speed to take 13th on the 15-year-old Undicci.

Jane Annett posted a steady clear for 13th in the 38-strong 3* 1.40m speed on the Cevin Z eight-year-old Billy Tudor 13 sec off the pace.

An easy double clear in the 62-horse 1* 1.25m two-phase handed Jess Mendoza and Heat Off The Night 18th place.


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