Laura Renwick scores a Puissance win in St Lo


Laura Renwick eased Top Dollar VI into second in the 67-strong 1.40m 0.43 sec behind the winner at St Lo, France.

And the pair went on to win Saturday’s Puissance in fine style. Thirteen competitors took part but Laura out-jumped them all on the Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old, posting the only clear over a 2m wall in a two-way decider. Emma O’Dwyer went out with four faults over 1.90m to take equal fourth on Keep Clapping.

Getting up high over the wall certainly put Top Dollar on form and Laura also contended the jump-off of the concluding 1.50m grand prix. Only seven of the 50 starters accessed the jump-off with Laura posting another clear to take fourth 3.88 sec behind the winner, France’s Hubert Pignolet on Athos D’Elle.

Imogen Beecroft sped to the top in the 1* 1.15m with the Lord Z 11-year-old Chablis ET at the Longines Global Champions tour of Valkenswaard in The Netherlands.

Nine of the 20 starters reached the jump-off but Imogen found all the shortcuts to gallop into victory with 1.48 sec in hand. Ellie Burrell-Squibb was almost two sec in arrears for third on new ride Jordan Girl Z and Imogen also picked up fourth with Roscoe’s Amour. Alicia Store posted the steadiest of the double clears on both Capellini II and Uranie to take seventh and eighth.

Lucinda Roche claimed second in the 1* 1.35m final on Izar LB. Six of the 20 starters tackled the jump-off with Lucinda and the Crazyhorse of Coco 10-year-old 2.16 sec behind the winner. Claire Beecroft was also double clear to take fourth on Kandora while one time fault in round one put Arundell Beerbaum (Cassina) and Amelie Gachoud (The Precious One) into seventh and 10th.

Abbie Summers jumped into second in the 1* 1.25m with Quantas, the Quality 14-year-old finishing 2.27 sec behind the winner in the 14-horse decider. A steady four fault round put Camilla Bingham and Cassini II into 14th.

William Whitaker rode RMF Chacco Top into fourth in the 21-horse 5* 1.45m speed, the Chacco-Blue/Graf Top 10-year-old finishing 4.63 sec behind the winner, France’s speedy Julien Epaillard on Alibi De La Roque. Four faults in round one of the concluding 1.50m dropped William and Chacco Top down to 17th.

Chloe Winchester steered Corcon into seventh in the 22-horse jump-off of the 2* 1.35m more than three sec off the pace. William returned the steadiest of the double clears for 17th on RMF Echo.

And Chloe posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 18-strong jump-off of the 2* 1.40m to take eighth on the nine-year-old Untouch Z.

Clear and four put British-based Irishman Michael Duffy and Rumbolds Starlight into ninth in the 13-strong jump-off of the 2* 1.45m grand prix.

One time fault denied Jemma Kirk a jump-off chance in the six and seven-year-old and Diaradzo De L’Abbaye took 12th spot. Harrie Smolders contended the 10-horse decider with the Emerald Van’t Ruytershof seven-year-old stallion Escape Z – produced in Britain by Danielle Ryder – to jump double clear and take seventh.

In Opglabbeek, Belgium, Donald Whitaker eased the nine-year-old Rissoa D’AG stallion Atevla into fifth in the 53-strong 1* 1.35m grand prix with a double clear 2.32 sec off the pace.

Tom Whitaker guided the Cordess 2 sired Clever Boy Jun into third in the 64-strong six-year-old 1.15m 1.39 sec behind the winner in the 17-horse jump-off.

Maximum scores in the 75-horse 3* 1.40m accumulator came thick and fast with Alison Barton finishing 4.03 sec behind the pace on Billy Rembrandt to take 11th spot. Sam Hutton finished 14th with Centuria 7 and James Wilson was 19th on Gossip SA.

Four faults in the 12-strong jump-off of the seven-year-old 1.35m put Alison and Je Taime Aredis into 11th place. And Alison also picked up four faults in round one of the 3* 1.55m grand prix on Roma IV to take 16th. James Wilson also returned on four for 20th with Imagine De Muze.

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