John Whitaker flies to a win in Valence

John Whitaker claimed victory in the Valence, France, racing to the top on Argento to take the 3* 1.45m in fine style.

Seventy-three contended this two-phase track but John took charge of the proceedings, guiding the 17-year-old Arko stallion into an unbeatable lead to win by 0.33 sec.

And John’s son Robert was also in the frame, easing Cas Sent into a double clear to take sixth.

Amelie Gachoud jumped to the top in Valence, France, winning the 1* 1.20m two-phase with The Precious One.  Fourteen contended this class with Amelie and the Master Imp 13-year-old flying ahead to win by 0.67 sec.  A steadier double clear from Christina Gachoud and ESI Hazel earned eighth spot.



Chloe Winchester claimed second in the 2* 1.35m with Don Corleone 111 Z in Zandhoven, Belgium.

Thirteen of the 94 starters contended the jump-off with Chloe and the Der Senaat 111/Ideal De La Loge eight-year-old finishing 0.54 sec behind the pace for the runner-up spot.  Sam Hutton was also double clear on the Centadel eight-year-old Centina for sixth place.


Joe Clee jumped an easy clear in the 83-strong 2* 1.30m speed to take ninth on the Diamant De Semilly seven-year-old Cassy De La Valiere.

And Joe jumped clear in the 66-strong 1.45m but opted to withdraw Alzu Ohio from the jump-off to finish in equal 17th place.

Chloe finished 10th in the 71-horse 1.35m speed on the eight-year-old Don Corleone 111 Z more than five sec off the pace.

Jess Mendoza posted a steady double clear in the 74-entry 1* 1.20m two-phase for 17th on I-Cap CL Z.



In Verbier, Switzerland, Julie Andrews slotted Madinah into third in the 41-horse 3* 1.30m two-phase, the Canturo 11-year-old mare finishing just 0.22 sec off the pace.  Alison Barton was also double clear for eighth on Billy Rembrandt. 

Alison also picked up sixth in the 53-strong 3* 1.35m speed on the 13-year-old Saphir more than five sec behind the winner.  Robert Smith eased Connection into eighth place.

Helen Tredwell finally got down to jumping after a dreadful journey involving hours on the roadside with a broken-down lorry and Julie Andrews coming to the rescue and taking the horses to the show.  She jumped a steady clear on the eight-year-old Galtur to take 14th in the 54-strong 3* 1.45m speed to finish 11 sec off the pace.

Helen provided the steadiest of the clears in the 27-entry six-year-old 1.25m speed to take eighth on the Luidam mare Luikan.

Text and Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy Sportfot

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