Ellen Whitaker hit form in Gijon, Spain, with a win and two second places on day one including victory in the top-billed 5* 1.50m with Jack Van’t Katteheye.
Sixty-five contended this two-phase class, Ellen forging ahead on the Diabeau 10-year-old to take the win by 0.64 sec. Jodie Hall-McAteer guided the Mr Visto 10-year-old Fantom into ninth with Joe Clayton aboard Cally V and Helen Tredwell on Galtur also jumping double clear for 15th and 18th places.
Ellen claimed second in the first of the 5* classes with Diola.
A total of 84 entries tackled this 1.40m speed class with Ellen taking the runner-up spot on the 10-year-old Locarno daughter 1.63 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Alexander Butler on Dekato.
Brits led the way in the young horse class with Jodie and Ellen in the top two places. Twenty-nine contended this six-year-old 1.30m/seven-year-old 1.35m speed with Jodie flying into the top spot on the seven-year-old Mademoiselle-A (Corland/Cardento) to win by just 0.14 sec. Ellen chased hard on Jan Bullock and Jessie Crane’s VDL Bubalu/Indoctro seven-year-old Hulahupe JR to fill second place.
David Simpson slotted the six-year-old Indoctro stallion Hennessey-S into sixth with Helen on the home-bred Luidam six-year-old Luikan and Joe aboard the Emerald six-year-old My Way B & V in ninth and 10th places.
Jemma Kirk jumped to victory on day one at the Stephex Masters in Brussels, Belgium, with Quelisto.
Forty-five contended the 2* 1.45m speed but no-one could catch Jemma and the selle Francais 15-year-old winning by 2.56 sec. A steadier round by Flo Norris on the Quick Star 11-year-old Teck De Riverland claimed sixth 3.39 sec in arrears.
Chloe Winchester rode BO into third in the 41-strong 3* 1.40m two-phase, the 13-year-old Labor’s VDL Indorado/Quick Star mare finishing 1.31 sec behind the pace.
An easy clear in the 28-horse 3* 1.35m speed earned Chloe 10th place with Kill Bill Max.
Chloe Aston and seasoned campaigner Amigo T jumped into second in the 2* 1.40m in Auvers, France.
Seventy-four started in this speed class with Chloe and the Padinus 14-year-old flying into second spot 1.03 sec behind the winner. Chloe also posted a steadier clear on Dudok L for 17th place.
Ellie Burrell-Squibb claimed two of the top seven places in the 25-horse 1* 1.20m speed, guiding the Cantos 11-year-old Zalander into third 0.76 sec behind the pace and taking seventh on Zaronda II.
Ellie also picked up third in the ladies 1.20m two-phase on the 15-year-old Jordan Girl Z 1.49 sec off the pace. Skye Higgin was double clear to take 10th on Gotcha and four faults in the second phase dropped Natasha Hewitt and Hirence down to 12th.
Skye jumped clear in the ladies 1.30m speed to finish 11th on Amazone Du Tillard.
John Daker posted a steady clear in the 48-strong 1* 1.30m speed to take 16th spot on Sweet Candy. And Kate Ward finished fifth in the amateur 1.10m two-phase on Ears Two.
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