Richard Howley commanded the top spot in the world ranking 1.45m in Lier, Belgium, with Gaesbekers Glamour Girl.
A hundred competitors contended this 3* two-phase but none could match British-based Irishman Richard as he sped round the track on the VDL Zirocco Blue/Caletto I eight-year-old to take the win by 1.10 sec.
He denied Laura Renwick a win and she had to settle for second place with the Vigaro 11-year-old Dublin V. William Funnell rode Billy McCain into seventh with James Wilson’s Eskola M in 10th just ahead of Harriet Nuttall in 11th aboard A Touch Imperious. A steadier clear from Joe Clayton on Chacolot BS earned 21st place.
Joe eased Like A Diamond Van Het Schaeck into eighth in the 33-horse 3* 1.30m two-phase more than six sec off the pace.
Lily Freeman-Attwood claimed fourth in the 70-strong 3* 1.40m two-phase section two with the nine-year-old Karibou Horta 2.39 sec behind the winner. Emma Stoker claimed 20th in the first section with Kontador VDM.
Emma Stoker jumped into fourth in the 71-horse 1* 1.25m speed with Q Seven, the Quaid/Stakkato six-year-old finishing 4.82 sec behind the pace. Lance Whitehouse guided Whitesparke Blanko into eighth with Arabella Prior taking 10th on Friso.
Emma eased Orphea HQ (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Epleaser Van’t Heike) into eighth in the 38-strong five-year-old more than three sec off the pace in the 16-horse jump-off. James Billington was also double clear for 10th on Jucatan VDL.
Jamie Wingrove produced an easy clear to take 13th in the 37-entry 1* 1.15m speed with Esso more than 13 sec off the pace.
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