Scott Brash jumped straight into second in the 1.50m with Hello Shelby at the Stephex Masters in Brussels, missing out on victory by a fraction.
Forty-two contended this 5* speed class with Scott producing a smooth, deceptively fast round on the Stolzenberg/For Pleasure 10-year-old finishing just 0.09 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Dominique Hendrickx on Vintadge De La Roque. Ben Maher posted a steadier round to pick up one time fault on Concona and finished 13th.
Flo Norris guided Kadance Van’t Lozerhof into second place in the 45-strong 2* 1.35m speed, the nine-year-old Kashmir Van Schuttershof mare finishing 0.24 sec off the pace.
Jess Mendoza jumped to the top in the 3* 1.30m two-phase in Valence, France, with Quidams Rubenbos S Z.
Fifty-four contended here with Jess and the Quidam’s Rubin/Zapateado 12-year-old winning with a 1.29 sec advantage over Switzerland’s Beat Mandli and Dibatsja. Laura Renwick guided the home-bred seven-year-old Maverick (Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker) into third 1.42 sec behind the pace. Christina Gachoud was also double clear for 19th on ESI Hazel.
Laura eased the Azteca VDL nine-year-old Friso into ninth in the 72-horse 3* 1.40m speed four sec off the pace.
Shane Breen guided Evita into second place in the 55-strong 4* 1.40m two-phase, the Carambole 10-year-old finishing 0.62 sec behind the winner. John Whitaker eased the Toulon 10-year-old Sharid into fourth with Anthony Condon in 11th aboard Zira V/H Kapelhof Z and William Funnell finished 13th with the steadiest double clear on Billy Angelette and picked up 16th on one time fault with Billy Diamo.
Anthony steered SFS Vincomte into fifth in the 38-entry 4* 1.45m two-phase, the Veni Vidi Vici/Magic Darco nine-year-old finishing 1.78 sec behind the winner, France’s Patrice Delaveau on Bugs Bunny D’Authuit HDC. William pushed Billy McCain into sixth and Jack Whitaker returned on one time fault for 12th with Elucar VE. Four faults in the second phase dropped Laura and Top Dollar VI from fourth to 15th.
Red Morgan jumped the steadiest of the double clears in the 1* 1.15m two-phase to take eighth place on the nine-year-old mare Kwikly.
Joe Clayton jumped into fifth in the 5* 1.50m with Baldur 75 in Gijon, Spain.
Seventy-nine tackled this speed class with Joe guiding the Baloussini 10-year-old to finish 2.28 sec behind the winner.
Max Routledge claimed fifth in the 5* 1.40m two-phase with Sandro’s Boy Z. Sixty-nine contended this two-phase class with Max steering the nine-year-old Sandro Boy stallion to finish 2.49 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Alexander Butler and Dekato. Jodie Hall-McAteer was also double clear for 12th on Kilbarron Rue.
Brits bunched together with seven-year-olds in the 28-strong six-year-old 1.30m/seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase with Joe taking fourth on My Way B & V (Emerald/Nabab De Reve) 0.88 sec behind the pace. Ellen Whitaker on Hulahupe JR and Jodie with Mademoiselle-A were right behind for equal fifth. Helen Tredwell was also double clear for 11th on the six-year-old Luikan.
In Auvers, France, Ellie Burrell-Squibb jumped into fourth place in the 1* 1.20m speed with Zaronda II, the 15-year-old Kojack mare finishing 3.65 sec behind the pace. Four faults dropped Ellie and second ride Zalander down to 14th.
Natasha Hewitt returned a clear round in the 1* ladies 1.20m speed to take fourth on the Inshallah De Muze 12-year-old Hirence more than eight sec off the pace.
Four faults in the 34-strong six-year-old 1.30m speed put Chloe Aston and Nistria Chanti Z into 13th spot. And four faults put Kate Ward and Magano Van De Pertjeshoeve down to eighth in the amateur 1.20m two-phase.
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