Scott Brash piloted Hello Senator into second in the 5* 1.45m on the final day of the Longines Global Champions tour in Chantilly, France.
Twenty-four contended this speed class with Scott and the Carambole/Indoctro 10-year-old vying for the top spot and having to settle for the runner-up place by just 0.18 sec. Four faults dropped Ellen Whitaker and Jack Van Katteheye down to 12th.
Scott also had to accept second spot in the 18-horse jump-off of the seven-year-old 1.40m with Hello Zachary (Elvis Ter Putte/Lord Z) 0.93 sec off the pace. A steadier double clear from Trevor Breen and his newly qualified HOYS Foxhunter finalist Donvier finished seventh.
Michael Duffy reached the jump-off of the 1.50/1.55m with Jane Davies’ home-bred Cheers Cassini 10-year-old Egalini but four faults in the 13-horse decider dropped them to sixth place. William Whitaker also made just one mistake in round two to take 11th on RMF Charly.
Eoin Gallagher rode Flugel M into fourth in the 2* 1.40m speed, the Cornet Obolensky nine-year-old just 0.30 sec behind the winner in a hotly contended class. Amanda Derbyshire was sixth on Cornwall BH and Eoin guided second ride Davinci VD Bosrand Z into seventh.
Four faults denied Lucinda Roche a place in the jump-off of the 1* 1.35m grand prix and she finished ninth on Izar LB. Camilla Bingham left all the fences intact in the 1* 1.25m but two time faults prevented her contending the jump-off and she finished 14th on Cassini II.
David Simpson featured in the Longines 4* grand prix in Crans Montana, Switzerland, with Jenson but one rail caught them out in the jump-off.
Ten of the 40 starters accessed the jump-off with David and the Verdi/Padinus 11-year-old in contention but a pole fell to drop them down to fifth place. Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci took the win on Cochello with 0.26 sec in hand over Germany’s Hans-Dieter Dreher on Berlinda.
Billy Twomey lost three points with a lowered pole in the 4* 1.40m accumulator to drop to ninth on the nine-year-old Calafrieda. Louise Simpson dropped seven points to take 13th on Fiona V/H Lemmenshof.
Jay Buxton jumped into second in the 2* 1.40m two-phase with High Offley Arturos Catch on the final day of the four week tour in Knokke, Belgium.
Sixty-four contended this class with Jay and the Arturo 8 16-year-old finishing 1.31 sec off the pace. Scarlett Charles eased the Lordanos 12-year-old Lordanos Junior into third.
Harry Charles posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 3* 1.40m two-phase with Cabanus for seventh, the Cartoon/Baloubet Du Rouet 14-year-old finishing 12 sec behind the winner.
Brits were part of the 17-strong jump-off of the 66-horse 2* 1.45m grand prix but they were denied a second clear to be pushed down the order. Jess Dimmock finished 14th on Primo Bella Swan on four faults with Scarlett Charles in 16th spot on Bambina and Harry took 17th with Vivaldi Du Dom.
Jack Whitaker was the best Brit in the junior individual at the Youth European championships in Zuidwolde, The Netherlands.
He produced a great double clear in both rounds of the individual on Scenletha but it was not good enough for a medal, an early four faults in the first round of the Nations Cup ultimately denying them the chance to contend a podium place and they finished eighth. Lily Freeman Attwood made a top 20 place with Karibou Horta in 19th.
Will Fletcher and Persimmon were the sole Brits contending the young rider individual but a couple of unlucky rounds dropped them out of contention.
Dylan Perry claimed 11th on the nine-year-old Fremont VDL with a clean sheet in the 73-strong 2* 1.35m two-phase five sec off the pace. Molly Davies was also penalty-free for 13th on Voyou Des Rondets.
Tamarin Christie jumped into eighth with a double clear in the 31-horse 1* 1.10m two-phase with King Kannan Z 5.34 sec off the pace.
Four faults in the seven-year-old prevented Michael Potter (Haya Loma N) and Mischa Irving (Halvador) from contending the jump-off and they finished 11th and 13th.
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