Great Britain claimed a podium place with second in the Longines 5* FEI Nations Cup of Gijon, Spain, with anchor Ellen Whitaker posting a magnificent double clear.
Twelve nations contended the 1.60n track set by Avelino Rodriguez-Mirvalles with Britain the advantageous final draw.
Both Joe Clayton with the 10-year-old Carreau of Greenhill Z and anchor Ellen Whitaker aboard Norman Oley’s 10-year-old stallion Arena UK Winston provided first round clears to boost Britain up the order. Max Routledge and Sarah Williams’ home-bred Balou Du Rouet nine-year-old Balulu made just one mistake at the vertical going into the double to come home on four while Helen Tredwell returned with nine to be the discard score aboard Phil Tuckwell’s home-bred Cornet’s Stern nine-year-old Galtur. It put Britain on a halfway score of four and at the top of the leaderboard.
In round two, Joe came home on four with Helen again the discard score on eight. But the final two British riders pulled a clear out of the bag, Max supplying an effortless round while Ellen mirrored it on Winston to post a double clear – one of only four in the competition.
Italy fought back hard in round two to post only one fault and added to their five form the first round they bounced into first place on six faults just two faults ahead of Britain on eight. France were third on nine and Germany took fourth with 16 faults.
“I’m delighted how the young horses performed. Ellen was a very good anchor rider producing a double clear and Max Routledge made a great 5* nations cup debut appearance. It was great to have Joe Clayton back in the team producing two solid rounds and Helen - who has had a good national summer season – stepped up well to this level with Galtur,” said Performance manager Di Lampard.
The grand prix is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 15.30 hrs local time.
Ellen posted a double clear in the 5* 1.40m to take sixth with Diola. Sixteen of the 30 starters contended the jump-off with Ellen and the 10-year-old Locarno daughter finishing 1.49 sec behind the pace.
William Whitaker celebrated his third wedding anniversary at Opglabbeek, Belgium, with a win on RMF Echo.
Sixty-nine contended the 2* 1.40m speed with William and the Virus De Laubry 15-year-old winning by 1.32 sec.
Peter Moloney rode the Chellano Z nine-year-old Compelling Z into fifth in the 68-entry 2* 1.40m speed section two for fourth 2.45 sec behind the pace. Ashlee Harrison was close behind for fifth on Charity 41 and British-based Irishman Peter also finished 12th on Sassicaia Ares.
Emily Mason finished fifth in the 51-strong 1* 1.25m two-phase with the Baloubet Du Rouet nine-year-old Fabulous just over four sec off the pace.
Tamarin Christie was double clear in the 40-horse 1* 1.15m two-phase to take 10th on King Kannan Z more than eight sec off the pace.
Chloe Winchester clinched second in the 3* 1.45m accumulator with two Jokers at the Stephex Masters in Brussels. Forty-seven contended this class with Chloe and the Toulon nine-year-old Kill Bill Max slotting into the runner-up spot 0.80 sec behind the winner, Gilles Thomas on Calleryama.
Ben Maher guided Ginger-Blue into second in the 66-strong seven-year-old 1.35m/eight-year-old 1.40m two-phase, the eight-year-old Plot Blue/Royal Bravour mare finishing 0.62 sec behind the pace. Scott Brash eased the seven-year-old Hello Zachary (Elvis Ter Putte/Lord Z) into fifth.
In Valence, France, Jess Mendoza jumped a double clear and into fifth in the world ranking 3* 1.45m with Dublin. Fourteen of the 54 starters went forward into the jump-off with the Cobra 18 12-year-old 1.61 sec behind the pace.
Christina Gachoud eased Dacquar CC 1236 into fourth in the 20-strong 1* 1.20m speed, the Diarado 10-year-old finishing eight sec off the pace. Red Morgan was also clear on Kwikly for sixth and four faults dropped Amelie Gachoud and Charity 33 down to 11th.
William Funnell eased Billy McCain into fifth in the 51-horse 4* 1.45m two-phase, the Cevin Z/Cruising 11-year-old finishing 1.32 sec behind the winner. Michael Whitaker steered El Wee Widge into 13th with Robert Whitaker in 15th on Cash Sent and Anthony Condon was also double clear for 19th on SFS Aristio.
Laura Renwick slotted Gangsters Paradise into eighth in the 44-horse 3* 1.40m two-phase, the Boss/Campbell VDL eight-year-old finishing 3.39 sec behind the pace. Four faults in the second phase put Christina and ESI Hazel into 19th.
One time fault denied Robert Whitaker – he was one of 10 on a time fault – a jump-off chance in the world ranking 4* 1.50m grand prix qualifier and Catwalk finished 19th.
In Auvers, France, Chloe Aston was one of the 16 clears from 58 starters in the 2* grand prix but eight faults in the jump-off dropped Amigo T down to 14th spot.
Skye Higgin with Djump Du Tillard and Stephen Lohoar on Night And Day Van T Vlasmeer both returned on one time fault in round one of the six-year-old 1.35m final to be denied a jump-off chance and finished fifth and ninth.
Skye jumped the steadiest of the double clears in the ladies 1.25m to take ninth on Gotcha. Four faults in the second phase put Natasha Hewitt and Hirence into 10th with Ellie Burrell-Squibb also on four aboard Jordan Girl Z for 15th.
Ellie Burrell-Squibb steered Zaronda II into fifth in the 27-strong 1* 1.25m almost three sec behind the pace. Stephen was also double clear for 10th on Clancy Wiggum.
Kate Ward jumped double clear in the amateur 1.10m to take eight with Ears Two.
In Ciekocinko, Poland, on the Baltica tour, Graham Gillespie guided CSF Olympic Lady in Thursday’s 46-strong silver 1.30m speed with a steady clear almost seven sec behind the pace. And the pair upped the pace 24 hours later to claim second in the 38-horse silver 1.30m two-phase, the Luidam/Cruising nine-year-old 0.56 sec behind the winner.
Graham provided the steadiest clear in Thursday’s silver 1.10m speed to take 15th on Citelio De Blondel. And they repeated their efforts in Friday’s equivalent class to take 13th.
A steady clear was also on order in the gold 1.30m speed for Graham to earn 18th with Flora By Gucci.
Stacey Willsone claimed second in the silver 1m speed with favourite 16-year-old Alsager almost six sec behind the winner.
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