Louise Simpson hit form to score a double victory in Beervelde, Belgium.
She claimed a commanding win in the 2* 1.40m speed with Jenson 55 – normally the ride of her husband David. Seventy-two tackled this class but Louise hit an immediate rapport with the 11-year-old Verdi stallion to take victory by 1.39 sec.
Swapping rides certainly seems to work for the husband and wife team as David won 24 hours earlier with Fiona V/H Lemmenshof – usually the ride of Louise.
And Louise galloped to victory in the 2* 1.30m with Unex Cognac IV. Forty-five contended this two-phase class with Louise making short work of the track to take the top spot by 2.04 sec on the Unaniem 12-year-old.
James Davenport returned a double clear in the 63-strong 3* 1.50m with Crush. Nineteen came forward to the jump-off with James and the Corlensky G/Cardento 12-year-old Crush finishing 1.55 sec behind the winner, Turkey's Derin Demirsoy aboard Harry K.
Mackenzie Ray claimed fifth in the 34-strong six-year-old 1.20m two-phase on Oakingham Lira 0.54 sec behind the pace.
Nicole Pavitt guided Gemmarco 16 into fifth in the 46-horse 3* 1.40m two-phase, the home-bred 10-year-old Unbelievable Darco stallion finishing 1.59 sec off the pace. Nicole posted an easy double clear in the 47-entry seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase to take ninth on Gisele D Ecaussines 2.23 sec off the pace.
Keith Shore jumped into second place in the 3* 1.40m on Iron Lady Van’t Meulenhof in Ommen, The Netherlands.
A total of 100 competitors contended this speed class with Keith and the 11-year-old Parco mare finishing 0.55 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Albert Zoer on Freedom. Remy Ellis guided Flinton into fifth and steady clears from John Whitaker (Argento) and Keith with second ride Elco VM took 18th and 19th.
And Keith posted an easy double clear in the world ranking 3* 1.50m for eighth on Mystic Hurricane, the Tornado 16-year-old finishing almost three sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Gerben Morsink on Navarone Z.
Sally Hopkinson rode Farmer’s Proud HS into third in the 97-entry 1* 1.35m two-phase 0.52 sec off the pace. Sally finished fifth in the 91-horse 1* 1.30m speed on the Clinton seven-year-old Happy Solier 3.40 sec off the winning time.
Alex Gill reached the penultimate round of the Puissance before going out with four faults on VDL Gisupardie and finished equal third with three others. The Netherlands’ Bas Moerings claimed victory with the only clean round in the final round to win on the Vigo D’Arsouilles nine-year-old Fosther in a two-horse decider.
Ashlee Harrison picked up eighth in the 94-strong 1* 1.35m speed with Charity 41 4.41 sec off the winning time.
Karl Robins claimed sixth in the 2* 1.45m with G Camille HBF in Peelbergen at Kronenberg, The Netherlands.
Seventy-three tackled this speed with Karl guiding the VDL Zirocco Blue eight-year-old mare into sixth 3.80 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Alexander Houson on Lorelei Van Het Waterschoot Z. Michael Duffy picked up one time fault to take 13th on Rumbolds Starlight.
Karl jumped into fifth in the 2* 1.40m with Stapleton Mist. Sixty-four contended this speed class with Karl and the one-eyed 14-year-old finishing more than seven sec behind the pace. David Wingrove on Grandeur III and Matilda Lanni aboard Newbridge’s Master Brown also came home clear for 14th and 18th.
Tom Whitaker claimed fourth in the 31-strong seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase with the consistent Happiness, the Untouchable 27 mare 1.55 sec behind the winner. Elkie Jiminez Peters took sixth on Halocia and four faults in the second phase put Zak Beesley into 16th on Hermione.
Karl Robins finished eighth in the 59-horse five and six-year-old 1.15/1.25m with the five-year-old Jolene 1.29 sec off the pace. Tom was also double clear on the six-year-old Django De Paulanne for 13th.
Matthew Clayton rode Cassiola into 10th in the 82-entry 1* 1.30m two-phase 4.57 sec behind the winner. Hannah Berryman also returned a clean sheet for 14th on Balios Ar Park.
Christina Gachoud posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 59-horse 2* 1.35m two-phase to take 16th on Dacquar CC 1236.
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