Ben Maher bounces back from a fall to be in the money in Ascona


They suffered a fall earlier in the week but there was no lasting effects and Ben Maher and F One USA bounced back to take third in the 1.55m winning round in Aachen, Germany.

Thirty-two contended with nine reaching round two, Ben and the Toulon/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve nine-year-old finishing 3.69 sec behind the winner, the USA’s McLain Ward on Noche De Ronda.

Tania Moody seized victory in the 2* 1.40m with Gitte in Casas Novas, Spain.

Thirty-four contended this speed class with Tania and the Tornesch 10-year-old flying to a win with 0.26 sec to spare. Tania also picked up eighth with a steadier clear on Cleartoon and Deborah Jackson was 10th on Winning Girl Z.

Jess Mendoza claimed ninth in the 28-horse 4* 1.45m speed with Sam De Bacon, the Kashmir Van Schuttershof 13-year-old finishing more than six sec off the pace.

Robert Smith reached the second round of the 44-strong 1.55m in Ascona, Switzerland, with Conlando 55 but four faults second time out put the Conthargos/Lando nine-year-old down to seventh. Four faults in round one dropped Laura Renwick and Arkuga into 18th place.

Jude Burgess eased Ivascalle into second in the 31-strong six-year-old 1.30m speed in Fontainebleau, France, the Baltic VDL/Lincoln mare 2.53 sec off the pace.

Chris Franks guided Warrior Queen into fourth in the 26-horse seven-year-old 1.35m speed, the Warrior/Unbelievable Darco mare finishing 5.88 sec behind the pace. Four faults dropped Simon Buckley and Pewit Dezesseis down to eighth.

Nicole Pavitt posted the fastest time of the class by two sec in the 2* 1.30m two-phase but four faults dropped Victor Blue down to fifth. Kelly Roberts (Reamonn), Chris Franks (CSF Eye Wonder) and Jude’s Dreams of Don also returned on four faults in the second phase to take eighth, 10th and 11th.

Ben Clark jumped into sixth in the 39-strong 2* 1.35m two-phase with the Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve 10-year-old Jancovica 2.51 sec behind the winner. Taisie de Gruchy guided Live The Life into eighth just ahead of Chris Franks’ VC Vie De Valencio in ninth and Jackson Reed-Stephenson picked up just one time fault on Cool Cash for 16th.

Ben picked up ninth in the 1* 1.35m speed on Valentino 6.80 sec behind the winner. Four faults in the 43-horse class dropped Jackson and Heartstring to 14th.

Four faults in the 34-entry 1.45m speed put Ben and LCC Comanche down to 12th.

Alana Collett slotted Cruisings Micky Finn nine-year-old Rathbride Millie into third in the 49-strong 1* 1.30m speed a little over two sec behind the pace. Four faults dropped Henry Turrell on Barbados III from a possible second to 11th.

Anna Camille Vlasov took 12th in the 36-horse 1* 1.25m speed with a steady clear on Beaumont W/V.

Arianna Kuligowski clinched second in the 37-horse amateur 1.10m two-phase with the 13-year-old Coco Fino just one tenth of a second behind the winner. Lottie Mayvers was also double clear to take sixth on Pandeur.

Joe Clayton guided Cally V into fifth in the 4* 1.45m in Samorin, Slovakia.

Twelve of the 31 starters reached the jump-off with Joe and the 11-year-old Cally jumping another clear to finish exactly two sec behind the winner.

Jamie Wingrove posted an initial clear to be part of the eight-horse decider in the 4* 1.50m and posted another clear to take sixth with the Cheers Cassini nine-year-old Pampelonne 3.80 sec behind the pace. Four faults dropped Jack Whitaker from a possible second to seventh with Scenletha.

Jack jumped into sixth in the 47-horse 2* 1.45m with Queen Elisabeth. Twelve contended the jump-off with Jack slotting the King Louie 10-year-old into sixth 1.41 sec off the pace. Joe was also double clear on Big Star Jr KZ to take ninth.

Lance Whitehouse claimed third in the 2* 1.35/1.40m speed with Cassia DS 4.72 sec behind the pace. Emily Ward eased Tilla Flamenco into sixth and Giorgia Distefano picked up one time fault to take 16th on Dakota P.

Only seven of the 26 starters gained access to the jump-off of the 1* 1.35m grand prix with Olivia Skinner jumping into third with the seven-year-old Harov almost seven sec off the pace.

Katie Whitehead and HSE Grand Slam finished 12th in the 20-strong jump-off of the 1* 1.15m with a double clear.

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