Abbie Summers flies to a win in Valkenswaard
Brits filled the top two places in the 1* 1.15m, Abbie Summers flying ahead on Acajous Il Faut at the Longines Global Champions tour of Valkenswaard.
Nineteen tackled this speed class but none were a match for Abbie and she secured victory by 0.47 sec on the Comme Il Faut/Argentinus seven-year-old.
“We’ve come a long way, to win here is great, I’m so proud of my horse,” said Abbie.
A winner 24 hours earlier Ellie Burrell-Squibb had to settle for second on this occasion with the 15-year-old Jordan Girl Z. Alicia Store took ninth and 10th on Capellini II and Uranie while four faults dropped Ellie and second ride Zalander to 12th with Amelie Gachoud and Charity 33 in 13th.
Lucinda Roche jumped into second in the 1* 1.35m speed with Izar LB, the Crazyhorse of Coco 10-year-old finishing 0.64 sec behind the winner. Amelie Gachoud guided The Precious One into fourth, Arundell Beerbaum was sixth on Cassina and Claire Beecroft took eighth with Kandora.
An easy clear in the 1* 1.25m earned Tess Carmichael eighth place seven sec off the pace with Chisinau W Z. Camilla Bingham was also clear on Cassini II for 11th and Imogen Beecroft posted the fastest four for 13th on Chablis ET.
Chloe Winchester eased the Quasimodo Z seven-year-old Quasmo CK Z into seventh in the six and seven-year-old 1.30/1.35m speed almost three sec off the pace. Harrie Smolders also posted a clear for 14th on Escape Z, the seven-year-old Emerald Vant Ruytershof/Heartbreaker stallion produced in Britain by Danielle Ryder.
John Daker was clear in the 2* 1.45m speed for 11th six sec behind the pace on the 12-year-old Credit Card.
British-based Swede Angelie von Essen steered Tiger into second in the 1.45m speed at Royal Dublin.
Thirty-two contended with Angelie and the Cardento 15-year-old finishing just half a sec behind Ireland’s Elizabeth Power on the High Roller 18-year-old Doonaveeragh O One. British-based Irishman Peter Moloney was also clear on Steyburn for 12th.
Richard Howley jumped into second in the Puissance. It only went to three rounds with France’s Mathieu Billot declared the outright winner with a clean sheet on the big-jumping Dassler – ridden in Britain by Louise Saywell before being sold. Irishman Richard – based in Yorkshire – took the runner-up spot with four faults on the Otis 11-year-old Notis Me, sharing with three others.
Another British-based Irishman, Shane Breen, jumped into fourth in the on the Vigo D’Arsouilles 14-year-old Golden Hawk, finishing 2.04 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Mark McAuley on Utchan De Belheme. Four faults dropped Peter and Compelling Z down to 12th and Ben Maher finished 14th on F One USA.
In Opglabbeek, Belgium, Alison Barton guided the Billy Congo/Kroongraaf eight-year-old Billy Rembrandt into sixth in the 3* 1.35m speed 2.57 sec off the pace.
Alison also picked up ninth on the seven-year-old Je Taime Aredis in the 34-strong young horse 1.35m speed 11 sec behind the winner.
Richard Barton clinched fifth in the 3* 1.45m with Donata. Only nine of the 76 starters reached the jump-off with four faults dropping Richard and the Ukato 11-year-old mare down the line. Joe Clayton was the fastest four-faulter in round one to take 13th on Big Star Jr KZ.
Emily Llewellyn was double clear on Sieco to take ninth in the 55-horse 1* 1.30 two-phase more than four sec behind the pace.
Tom Whitaker jumped into fifth in the 61-entry six-year-old 1.15m speed with the Cordess 2 Clever Boy Jun 2.16 sec off the winning time.
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