Guy Williams left the best until last and claimed victory in the concluding 3* 1.50m grand prix with Rouge De Ravel in Mons Ghlin, Belgium.
There were 60 starters in this feature class but only 11 could produced first round clears, Guy firing a warning shot as the quickest of the 11. And speed was the name of the game as six posted double clears to make it all about the clock, Guy flying ahead on the Ultimo Van Ter Moude 14-year-old stallion to secure the 12,550 euro first prize by 0.88 sec. France’s Francois Boudant had to settle for second on Ciento.
"Rouge is incredible at the moment, in the last seven rounds he's won six and been second in the other," said Guy, after his second grand prix win at Mons in the last two weeks.
Romilly Simmons guided In The Air into 11th in the 1* 1.35m grand prix, four faults dropping the Indorado 10-year-old down the order.
Ben Maher eased Don Vito into eighth in the 1.45/1.50m speed in Paris on the Longines Global Champions tour.
Twenty-five contended this class with Ben and Don Vito finishing 1.74 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Karel Cox on Evert. Emily Moffitt was close behind for 10th on Tipsy Du Terral.
And Ben and Don Vito went on to finish third in the 1.50/1.55m to conclude the 5* classes. Fourteen of the 43 starters accessed the jump-off with Ben and the Quaprice Z/Jus De Pomme 11-year-old finishing 1.04 sec behind the winning time. Longines grand prix winner and new father to a baby daughter with Judy Ann Melchior Christian Ahlmann recorded another win, this time riding Ailina with 0.59 sec to spare over Egypt’s Abdel Said and Jumpy Van De Hermitage. Four faults dropped Michael Whitaker and For Fun down to 13th place.
Claire Beecroft secured fifth spot in the 1* 1.30m speed with the Lord Z 13-year-old Vanda Cartier 2.45 sec behind the pace. Tess Carmichael was also clear on the seven-year-old Chisinau W Z for 13th place in the 35-horse class.
Imogen Beecroft was three sec behind the winner in the 37-strong 1* 1.15m speed to take seventh on the Andiamo 18-year-old Untouchable.
James Davenport clinched third in the 3* 1.50m with Cochella in Knokke, Belgium.
Only seven of the 34 starters reached the jump-off with James and the Cartani 4/Lord 14-year-old picking up one time fault and finishing more than four sec behind the winner.
Jess Dimmock and James jumped the steadiest of the double clears to take places in the 2* 1.45m grand prix. Eighteen of the 66 starters reached the jump-off off with Jess guiding the Clearway 10-year-old Primo Bella Swan into sixth spot eight sec off the winning time and just behind Laura Kraut in fifth on Constable II. James was right behind for seventh on One Endeavour and four faults dropped Sam Hutton and Aramis 573 to ninth.
Liberty Bramwell rode Falavsca Fortuna into fifth in the 68-strong 1* 1.20m, the nine-year-old mare finishing almost two sec off the pace in the 29-strong jump-off. Mark Hallion was also double clear for eighth on Hinde ES.
An easy double clear in the 32-horse 3* 1.40m two-phase put Jane Annett and Billy Tudor into 14th place.
Stacey Willsone’s steady double clear in the 1* 1.25m two-phase put Varo M into ninth spot.
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