Brits filled two of the top three places in the 3* accumulator in Verbier, Switzerland, with Julie Andrews taking the win on Wilando B.
Forty-one contended with Julie and the Oklund/Topas 16-year-old scoring a maximum to take the top spot with 0.66 sec to spare. Alison Barton steered the eight-year-old Billy Congo daughter Billy Rembrandt into third 1.50 sec in arrears.
Helen Tredwell posted a double clear in the 3* 1.40m small grand prix to pick up a place with Ann and Colin Garratt’s Sebastian VII. Sixteen of the 43 starters accessed the jump-off with Helen and the British-bred Unbelievable Darco/Animo 13-year-old finishing in sixth 1.44 sec behind the winning time.
Graham Gillespie galloped to a win in Ciekocinko, Poland, with the home-bred Calvaro’s Up To Date.
Twenty-six contended the 2* 1.35m speed with Graham edging ahead on the Calvaro FC/Up To Date nine-year-old to take the win with 0.22 sec in hand. Germany’s Marc Bettinger returned the only other clear for second on Shangri La.
Graham has only ridden Cirrus for Stacey Willsone for three weeks and at only their fourth show the pair claimed second in a world ranking class.
And Graham netted third in the silver tour 1.35m grand prix with the Cyrell nine-year-old Flora By Gucci, their jump-off round marred by just one time fault as they crossed the line more than eight sec behind the winner in the eight-horse decider.
A steady clear in the gold 1.40m speed earned Graham 13th place with CSF Olympic Lady 11 sec off the pace.
Fifty-eight contended the gold 1.45m speed with Graham and the finishing 0.80 sec behind the winner, Latvia’s Kristaps Neretnieks on Moon Ray.
Stacey jumped into fourth in Friday’s silver 1.10m speed with Alsager almost five sec off the pace. The pair upped a gear 24 hours later to record a win in Saturday’s silver 1.10m speed, the Lucca 16-year-old winning by almost 10 sec. And Stacey claimed 13th with a steady clear in the 1.20m speed on Varo M.
Chloe Winchester jumped to the top in Zandhoven, Belgium, in the 2* 1.35m with Don Corleone 111 Z.
A mammoth 87 tackled this hotly competitive speed class but Chloe was the quickest of them all, steering the Der Senaat 111/Ideal De La Loge stallion to win by a narrow margin, just 0.05 sec.
Jess Mendoza is establishing a partnership with Diamants Aurora – a Dirado nine-year-old mare bought off Tracy Priest – and provided the steadiest of the double clears in the world ranking 3* 1.50m. Only nine of the 49 starters accessed the jump-off with Jess again proving foot-perfect to take fourth 4.45 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Patrick Stuhlmeyer on Chacgrano. British-based Irishman Richard Howley beat the time but a rail down dropped Seahorse Z down to fifth.
Joe Clee guided Cassy De La Valiere into fourth in the 2* 1.30m where 20 of 72 reached the jump-off, the Diamant De Semilly/Éclair Des Bois finished 0.43 sec off the winning time. Chloe was also double clear for eighth on the seven-year-old Silvertops Chacco Old.
John Whitaker reached the jump-off of the world ranking 3* 1.45m in Valence, France, as one of 17 from the 45 starters but a rail on the floor dropped the 17-year-old Arko stallion Argento down to 13th place.
Four faults in the fourth round of the six-bar put three members of the Whitaker family in equal fourth place – John on Sharid, his son Robert with Strides Hatton’s Treasure and John’s nephew Jack riding Elucar VE. Three contended the fifth and final round with Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano emerging triumphant on Calgary 87.
One time fault denied Amelie Gachoud a jump-off chance and she had to settle for fourth in the 1* 1.15m with the Cayetano 14-year-old Charity 33.
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