Laura Renwick was the only rider to post five clears in the 5* Masters Power with Top Dollar to claim victory in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Sixteen started in this six-bar but by round five just two were left, Laura going head-to-head with Edwin Smits on Best of Berlin BS, but the Swiss pair lowered a rail to leave Laura and the clean-jumping Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old Top Dollar at the top after clearing 2.01m.
Amanda Derbyshire claimed equal fourth in the Longines Speed Challenge over a 1.50m track with Oasis Spirit after dead-heating on time with The USA’s Kristen Vanderveen with Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili. A lowered rail added two sec to Laura’s time on the home-bred Arko eight-year-old Arkuga and they dropped from a possible second to sixth.
Four faults in round one of the Masters One 5* 1.50m dropped Amanda and Roulette BH to 13th place. Britain’s Bryan Balsiger topped the six-horse decider on Dubai Du Bois Pinchet with more than two sec to spare over Edwin and Best of Berlin.
Billy Twomey jumped into second in the 5* 1.50m with Lady Lou in Geesteren, The Netherlands.
Forty-one started in this speed class with Billy guiding the 10-year-old Lord Z daughter into the runner-up spot almost three sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Marc Houtzager on Sterrehof’s Dante.
Four faults in round one of the 2* 1.45m grand prix put Remy Ellis and the nine-year-old Flinton CN into 13th place.
It was a day for second places for the Brits in Knokke, Belgium, and try as they might, they could not claim a victory.
Emma Stoker jumped into second in the 2* 1.45m with Balkana Du Tillard. Only four of the 21 starters reached round two with Emma and the Kannan/Landgold eight-year-old mare crossing the finish line 0.59 sec behind the winner, Sweden’s Sofia Westborg on Sunny Van De Hunters.
Emma clinched second in the 34-horse seven-year-old 1.40m with Happynes. Eight contended the jump-off with Emma and the Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Cicero Z Van Paemel mare finishing 0.68 sec in arrears of the winning time. Anna Wilks slotted Mijnheer Van De Lentamel (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Toulon) into fourth and Joe finished fifth with a fast four on Extasy (Quadros/Clearway).
Joe Clayton eased Big Star Jr KZ into second in the 67-strong 2* 1.35/1.40m two-phase, the 10-year-old Big Star/Polydor stallion finishing 2.79 sec off the pace.
Jane Annett was just 0.24 sec off victory in the 12-strong six-year-old jump-off for second on the VDL Zirocco Blue/Corland mare Iwalinde. Joe was right behind for third on the Cascadello gelding Charismo Z.
Jess Mendoza posted a double clear in the 1* 1.30m small grand prix to take fourth with I-Cap CI Z in a 24-horse jump-off, the I’m Special De Muze/Air Jordan seven-year-old 1.84 sec behind the pace.
In Bonheiden, Belgium, Chloe Aston slotted Dudok L into fifth in the 43-strong 3* 1.40m two-phase, the Canturano 11-year-old finishing 2.11 sec behind the winner.
Chloe was well in contention in the 11-horse jump-off of the 72-entry 3* 1.45m almost three sec up with Amigo T (pictured) but two rails down dropped them to seventh.
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