“This mare is incredible,” said Guy Williams after winning the seven-year-old grand prix on the final day of the Longines Global Future Champions at Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, with his brother Tom’s super-careful and scopey Chilli.
Eleven of the 41 starters reached the jump-off but Guy was way out in front on the Colestus/Colorit mare – who is through to the HOYS Foxhunter final after winning the 2018 HOYS newcomer final with Donald Whitaker – and they won by 1.95 sec.
“I’ve only been riding her for three weeks but she is great – small but very careful and brave,” said Guy. “It’s always special to win a final, but even more special for the owner, my brother Tom.”
Laura Mantel and Sally Jobson-Scott’s Muna VD Bisschop – a double winner for the first two days – came home on four faults this time to take eighth.
Brits filled the top three places in the five-year-old final, Laura Renwick dominating the 20-strong jump-off with first and third. Laura won with the consistent home-bred Cottee (Asterix E Z/Couleur Rubin) with 0.94 sec in hand and finished third aboard Maleficent (Typhoon S/Dollar Dela Pierre), sandwiching Max Routledge on Joly Fleur TV into second.
“It is very special to win with your own home-breds, especially at a prestigious event for young hores like this,” said Laura.
Laura Mantel eased Aurora into eighth with Rosie Gunn (Jessie) and Charlene Bastone (Elixir Du Paradis) were also double clear for 11th and 12th while clear and four dropped Laura Robinson (Greenacres Cristalano) and Phillip Spivey (Kalashinikov) into 16th and 18th.
Pippa Goddard was best Brit in the six-year-old final with Tom Williams’ Nero Van De Kwade Heyde with third spot. The 40 starters were reduced to 17 for the jump-off with Pippa guiding the Echo Van’t Spieveld/Lux Z stallion finishing 2.63 sec off the pace. Lorraine Lock posted a double clear on Artisan for seventh and four faults dropped Laura Renwick on Claretina and Ben Raistrick with Its Comming down to 11th and 12th.
Cressy Neads had to settle for second in the eight-year-old final with Baladine Du Chanu. Only five of the 36 starters accessed the jump-off with Cressy slotting the Kannan/Papillon Rouge mare into the runner-up spot by 0.62 sec.
Max took second in the five-year-old 1.10/1.15m on the Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve daughter Ophelie Van Prinseveld 3.50 sec off the pace. Hannah Downes finished eighth on Chicanto and Pippa returned on four faults for ninth aboard Operette Van De Koekoek.
Laura Robinson netted third in the six-year-old 1.30/1.35m speed on the Cornet Obolensky/Clearway mare Millfield Colette 1.60 sec behind the winner. Charlene took fifth with Daytona De Vains in the 34-strong class.
Donny Janciauskas posted a clear in the 20-horse seven-year-old 1.35/1.40m speed on Cool Quarz (Quarz/Cassini I) 3.77 sec behind the pace.
Laureen Evans topped the small tour AJA challenge cup 1.10m with the Cruising/Clover Hill 17-year-old Cruise King with 0.83 sec to spare. Four faults dropped Lisa Bray’s Cragganmore down to seventh and Deborah Tight was 10th on eight faults with El-Limit.
James Loffet steered Character 1243 into second in the four-strong decider of the amateur 1.20m more than two sec off the pace. Four faults dropped Michaela Tomlinson and Cabela into fourth.
James claimed third in the amateur AJA Europa Cup with Aramus V over a two-round track of 1.20/1.25m track. Eighteen contended with James and the Mermus R 14-year-old posting a double clear to take third 2.78 sec behind the winner. Four faults in round two put Keith Stockdale and Grauffs Clear Round into ninth.
Michaela clinched second place in the 21-strong amateur 1.15m speed, the nine-year-old Birmena finishing just 0.13 sec behind the pace. Keith Stockdale guided Touareg D Ertaw into fourth and four faults dropped James and Gaudi to 15th.
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