Nici Wilson jumped to the top in the 2* 1.25/1.30m with her super-consistent Naomi 55. Thirty-nine contended this class with Nici and the Verdi/Heartbreaker 12-year-old mare edging ahead to win by 0.32 sec. Flossy Polland claimed 11th on Gerswin and Tess Carmichael was also double clear with Atlantis PP Z for 18th.
Flossy jumped into second in the 2* 1.10m two-phase with Southbound, the Calvaro FCS 17-year-old finishing 1.19 sec behind the pace.
Tess finished seventh with Bangle SR in the 2* 1.40m two-phase, the Chin Chin 10-year-old more than nine sec off the pace.
William Whitaker jumped into fourth in the 1.50/1.55m speed – which ran concurrently with round one of the Global Champions League – on RMF Cadeau De Muze. Forty-two contended this class with William and the Nabab De Reve 11-year-old finishing nine sec behind the winner, France’s Julien Epaillard on Usual Suspect D’Auge. Four faults dropped Shane Breen and Ipswich De Wolfsakker to 15th.
British-based American Laura Kraut finished eighth here on Curious George and as one half of the Monaco Aces, she joined Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Koddac Van Het Indihof to take second in round one of the GCL on four faults. The Scandinavian Vikings lead the way on a zero score.
Peter Moloney topped the 5* 1.40m on Steyburn at Knokke, Belgium.
Forty-three tackled this two-phase class with Peter taking the win on the Careful/Bold Indian 11-year-old mare by 0.20 sec. Michael Whitaker steered Loro Piana Filou De Muze/Toulon eight-year-old Freud Del Cabanon Cavalier – Pro into fifth.
Joe Clee claimed victory in the 2* 1.35m two-phase with Lafayette Van Overis. Thirty-seven contended this class with Joe and the Kashmir Van Schuttershof eight-year-old winning with just 0.07 sec to spare. Chloe Winchester slotted Keep Away VD Molendreef into 10th and Emma Stoker posted the steadiest of the double clears for 18th on Balkana Du Tillard.
Emma eased Q Seven (Quaid/Stakkato) into fourth in the 33-horse six-year-old 1.25m two-phase 0.57 sec behind the pace. Double clears from Joe Clee on Ballinalard and Joe Clayton’s Chelsea finished seventh and 11th.
Scott Brash claimed fifth in the 40-horse 5* 1.50m speed with Hello M’Lord, the Krake Ask 12-year-old finishing 2.79 sec off the pace. Belgium’s Dominique Hendrickx took the win on Vintadge De La Roque.
Scott guided Hello Franklin into third in the 59-strong 3* 1.45m speed, the Billy Mexico/Goodtimes eight-year-old finishing 1.56 sec behind the winner. Jess Mendoza claimed fifth on the Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old Dollar Girl 46 and Emily Ward was 14th on Millioninmind.
Joe Clayton jumped into second in the 3* 1.40m speed with the Stakkato eight-year-old Swing De Landetta Z 0.53 sec behind the winner. Jodie Hall-McAteer was right behind for third on the 10-year-old stallion Coquin De Coquerie Z and Jack Whitaker was eighth on Elucar VE.
Chloe piloted the Darco/For Pleasure nine-year-old Arco D’ Obercourt into seventh in the 33-strong 2* 1.30m two-phase almost seven sec off the pace. One time fault put Jodie and Mademoiselle-A into 18th. And Chloe jumped the steadiest clear in the 1* 1.15m for 11th on Icaterma.
Michael jumped the steadiest of the clears in the 5* 1.45m speed on Valmy De La Lande for 10th spot.
Joe Clee finished equal second in the 54-horse seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase 0.84 sec behind the pace with VDL Groep Hutch (Numero Uno/Corofino 2). A steady double clear from Jess and Heat Off The Night took 17th.
Easy rounds from Jess on Dublin and Joe Clayton with Franka Trichta finished 19th and 21st in the 57-strong 2* 1.40m speed.
Steady double clears 40-strong 3* 1.35m two-phase earned Jodie on Salt’N Peppa, Joe Clayton with Baldur 75 and Peter aboard Sassicaia Ares 13th, 16th and 18th places.
Laura Renwick rode her home-bred Arkuga into second in the 4* 1.45m in St Tropez, France.
Forty-three contended this world ranking speed class with Laura and the Arko/Heartbreaker eight-year-old finishing 1.14 sec behind the winner, France’s Alexis Deroubaix on Timon D’Aure.
Laura also claimed second in the 50-strong 4* 1.40m two-phase with the Boss eight-year-old Gangsters Paradise 1.27 sec behind the winner, France’s Jean Luc Mourier on Voltaire Du Mads.
Olivia Howe picked up a couple of places in Royan, France, with sixth on Evita in the 21-strong 2* 1.30m two-phase and took fifth in the 35-horse 1* 1.20m two-phase on Black Label.
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