Lily Freeman-Attwood claimed victory in her first world ranking 2* 1.45m grand prix to end the show in Mons Ghlin, Belgium, in style with Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z.
Fourteen of the 54 starters produced first round clears to go forward into the jump-off and Lily – under the guidance of Guy Williams – hit top form to confidently steer Cor-Leon into the lead and win by 1.24 sec.
Lily, 17, took over the ride on the Belgian-bred nine-year-old from Belgium’s Jos Verlooy just over two months ago and have quickly moved up from 1.35m to 1.45/1.50m classes.
“It was an incredible way to end Mons and I’m over the moon with Cor-Leon going double clear and winning my first world ranking grand prix. I couldn’t have done it without all the help from Guy,” said Lily, who has been based in France with Guy and his family for the past six months since the end of her final pony year.
Donny Janciauskas tackled his first 1.60m track in the grand prix world cup qualifier in Budapest, Hungary, with Cool Scendy and came home with good results.
The pair left all the fences intact over a tough course but picked up one frustrating time fault. Only four from 48 starters jumped clear rounds, British-based Donny – riding for his home country of Lithuania – crossing the line just 0.34 sec over the time to be one of five finishing on just time faults.
Nonetheless, he was thrilled with the performance of his inexperienced Scendix nine-year-old he has produced for the last four years. They finished sixth. Hungary’s Gabor Szabo Jr claimed the win on Timpex Bolcsesz with the only double clear.
Joe Clayton rode Franka Trichta into fourth in the 2* 1.45m grand prix in Knokke, Belgium.
Fifty-two initially contended the grand prix with 19 jumping first round clears to access the jump-off. Less than a second separated the first four, Joe and the Azteca VDL/Optimist nine-year-old mare finishing 0.98 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Simon Morssinkhof on Perigrosso.
Four faults dropped Chloe Winchester and Keep Away VD Molendreef into 13th with Joe Clee on Lafayette Van Overis and Emily Ward’s Billy Z taking 14th and 19th places.
Jess Mendoza steered Dollar Girl 46 into second in the 3* 1.45m. Seven of the 29 starters reached the jump-off with Jess and the Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old finishing 2.76 sec behind the pace. Four faults in round one dropped Jodie Hall-McAteer and Fantom down to 16th.
Chloe finished eighth in the 40-strong 1* 1.20m with a double clear in the 12-horse jump-off on the Emerald Van’t Ruytershof six-year-old Icaterma 12 sec off the pace.
Peter Moloney finished 11th in the 3* 1.40m two-phase with a steady double clear on Sassicaia Ares, finishing almost 10 sec off the pace.
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