Jess Mendoza rode Sam De Bacon into second in the 3* 1.50m in Bonheiden, Belgium.
The 39 starters were reduced to 10 for the jump-off with Jess and the Kashmir Van Scuttershog 13-year-old finishing 0.83 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Dominique Hendrickx and Koriano Van Klapscheut.
Jess forged ahead in the 1* 1.20m to take victory on Heat Off The Night, winning the nine-horse jump-off with 3.45 sec to spare. And Jess posted a steady double clear in the 2* 1.40m two-phase to take 20th with new ride Diamants Aurora – produced in Britain by Tracy Priest.
Joe Clayton jumped a double clear in the 2* 1.45m grand prix with Franka Trichta to take sixth place. Twenty-one of the 62 starters tackled the jump-off with Joe and the nine-year-old Azteca VDL mare finishing 2.98 sec behind the winner, France’s Patrice Delaveau on Bahia De Mars.
Anna Wilks claimed fifth in the 1* 1.25m two-phase with a double clear on the seven-year-old Hocus Pocus 4.30 sec behind the pace. Four in the second phase put Tabitha Dean in 10th on Kimba.
Joe Clayton picked up a total of three time faults in the 3* 1.40m two-phase to take 10th on Carreau Of Greenhill Z.
In Bonheiden, Belgium, Phillip Spivey slotted Cornet’s Blue (Cornet’s Balou/Chacco Blue) into sixth in the 48-strong six-year-old 1.20m 3.20 sec behind the pace. Joe Clee was right behind for seventh on Princess Sparkle in the 20-horse jump-off and four faults dropped Beth Vernon and Icognito BH into 14th.
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