Guy Williams jumped to the top in the 3* 1.40m on day one in Lier, Belgium, with Rouge De Ravel.
Such were the huge entries, the 1.40m was split with Guy heading one section on the 14-year-old selle Francais stallion by just 0.03 sec, holding off all challenges from 122 rivals. William Funnell finished fifth with Billy McCain and Laura Renwick slotted Top Dollar into seventh with James Wilson’s Imagine De Muze in ninth. Harriet Nuttall eased Galway Bay Jed into 15th and Lily Freeman-Attwood took 19th on Cor Leon VD Vlierbeek Z.
Laura eased Dublin V into second in the 61-strong 3* 1.40m speed, the Vigaro/Calvados 11-year-old finishing 0.78 sec behind the winner. Other Brits were bunched together, Chloe Winchester on Kill Bill Max, James Wilson with Eskola M, Harriet Nuttall’s A Touch Imperious William Funnell with Billy Diamo and Jamie Wingrove aboard Pampelonne all jumping clear for 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th.
Lance Whitehouse jumped into ninth in another section of the 1.40m on Bazento five sec off the pace.
An easy double clear in the 65-strong 3* 1.35m handed Chloe 10th spot on Arco D’Obercourt 2.30 sec behind the pace. Emma Stoker was penalty-free for 21st on Judika KM. And Chloe was also clear in the 65-horse 1* 1.30m speed on Don Corleone 111 to take 10th spot.
James Billington claimed second in the five-year-old two-phase with Jillz (Denzel Vt Meulenhof/Calvinos). Emma Stoker was also double clear on Skylandria (Super Trooper De Nes/Indoctro) for fifth.
And James picked up ninth in the 75-horse seven-year-old two-phase with Cohinoor VDL (Cornet Obolensky/Stakkato) 5.63 sec behind the pace. Chloe was double clear on Silver Tops Chacco Old for 21st.
A delighted Nici Wilson claimed victory in the 2* 1.25/1.30m on day one at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome with her ‘horse of a lifetime’ Naomi 55.
Thirty-nine contended this two-phase class but none were a match for Nici and Naomi and the Verdi/Heartbreaker 12-year-old sailed ahead of all her rivals to win by 0.30 sec.
“I don’t think I will ever have another horse quite like Nomie, there isn’t a day she doesn’t give everything,” she said.
Flossy Polland was also double clear to take fifth on the eight-year-old Gerswin almost two sec in arrears.
Alicia Store posted a double clear in the 2* 1.10m/1.15m two-phase to finish fifth 10 sec off the pace on the 12-year-old Capellini II. Four faults in the second phase dropped Flossy and the six-year-old Ilana down to 10th.
Tess Carmichael guided the Air Jordan Z 14-year-old Atlantic PP Z into a double clear in the 2* 1.35/1.40m to take eighth almost four sec off the winning time. Lucinda Roche had four faults in the second phase for 15th with Izar LB.
Scott Brash jumped into fourth in the Atco Solutions 1.50m at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Canada with Hello Senator.
Seventeen of 59 starters contended the jump-off, although a further six posted round one clears but withdrew from round two, with Scott guiding the Carambole 10-year-old into fourth 2.12 sec behind the winner, The USA’s Kent Farrington on Jasper. British-based Angelie von Essen riding for Sweden was also double clear to take seventh on the Heartbreaker 11-year-old Daniel.
Six riders picked up one time fault and were denied a jump-off chance in the 1.60m class including Scott and put Hello Jefferson into 18th. Fourteen posted round one clears with 12 going into the jump-off won by Canada’s Eric Lamaze on Chacco Kid.
Steady rounds on day one in the saw British-based Irishman Michael Duffy with Casis and Scott on Hello Jefferson come home on one time fault apiece in the first round of the 45-strong Akita Drilling Cup for 10th and 14th. Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes topped the seven-horse decider on H5 Quintol.
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