Louise Simpson claims the Beervelde grand prix with a brand new ride


Louise Simpson continued with her winning ways in Beervelde, Belgium, with victory in the 2* grand prix with Jenson 55.

Sixty-four initially contended over the 1.45m track with 15 coming forward to the jump-off. Louise had all the sharp turns sewn up and eased the 11-year-old Verdi/Padinus stallion in the top spot with 0.52 sec in hand.

“What a show!” said Louise, “It was a last-minute decision to and my first ride on Jenson and he won on Friday and the grand prix today.”

Four faults dropped Eoin Gallagher and the Diarado eight-year-old Di Caprio into seventh while Mackenzie Ray returned the fastest four in round one to take 16th on Valse De Boguin.

It was a fabulous show for Louise. She won a ride-on lawn-mower in the grand prix - a perfect prize for anyone that knows her - and also claimed the leading rider award of some very smart ankle boots and David's prize for winning the accumulator was an expensive handbag, which obviously went straight to Louise!

Joe Clee claimed fifth in the 3* 1.55m grand prix with Alzu Ohio. Only seven of the 53 starters reached the jump-off with four faults dropping Joe and the Optimum VD Wellington 16-year-old down the line.

Charlene Bastone jumped to a win in the 1* 1.20m with Wish Me Z in Peelbergen at Kronenber, The Netherlands.

Eight of the 28 starters reached the jump-off with Charlene and the nine-year-old mare flying into the top spot by 0.86 sec. Vicky Burns was quicker but lowered a rail on both Hippy and Denzel II to take fifth and sixth.

Victoria Delville-Cutts was denied a win by 0.25 sec and had to settle for second in the nine-horse decider of the 1.10m with the Ogano Sitte 10-year-old Just Olympia. Victoria also picked up ninth with Urani D’Albizia.

Christina Gachoud guided Daquar CC 1236 into 10th in the 2* 1.35/1.40m two-phase 4.45 sec off the pace. Charlene took 12th on Chaplini and Tom Whitaker posted the steadiest of the double clears for Figaro VII for 16th.

Amelie Gachoud was one of six to return on just one time fault in the 1* 1.30/1.35m grand prix to be denied a chance int eh seven-horse jump-off and finished 12th with The Precious One.

Keith Shore was denied victory by a tiny margin in the 3* 1.40m with Iron Lady Van’t Meulenhof in Ommen, The Netherlands.

Thirty-one contended this speed class with Keith and the Parco/Quidam De Revel 11-year-old finishing second just 0.07 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Veronique Morsink on Faithfull. John Whitaker posted a steadier clear for eighth on Unick Du Francport and James Billington’s very steady round picked up one time fault to slot Harwich VDL into 19th.

An easy double clear in the 12-horse decider of the 1* 1.40m grand prix put Alex Gill and Grand Slam VDL into ninth place just over four sec off the pace.

Emily Ward eased Millioninmind into fourth in the 4* 1.50m in Samorin, Slovakia.

Eight of the 23 starters accessed the jump-off with Emily posting another clear on the Ard VDL Douglas 12-year-old to take fourth 0.80 sec behind the winner. Four faults dropped Jack Whitaker and the nine-year-old Arlo De Blondel down to eighth.

Four faults in round one of the 4* grand prix denied Jack a jump-off chance in the eight-strong decider and put Scenletha into 12th place.

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