Louise Saywell jumps to victory in France

Louise Saywell jumped to the top in the 2* 1.30m with Feigtling in Chazey sur Ain, France.  

Seventy-five competitors initially contended this class but only eight made it through to the jump-off, Louise and the Chicago Z 14-year-old Feigtling flying into the top spot by 1.50 sec.

Louise was one of nine elite from 60 starters to reach the jump-off of the 2* 1.45m grand prix with the Chacco-Blue/Baloubet Du Rouet 11-year-old Jalellah OL and provided another clear to take fourth 4.66 sec behind the winner, Isheau Wong riding for Chinese Taipei on Jussica T.

Louise slotted PLS Halo Diamond into third in the 70-strong 2* 1.35m two-phase, the Irish-bred 11-year-old finishing 0.62 sec behind the winner.


Winner of the grand prix just 24 hours earlier, Ben Maher guided F One USA into third in the concluding 5* 2.50m at the Longines Global Champions tour of Rome. 

Eight of the 40 starters contended the jump-off with Ben’s early lead demoted to third by 0.65 sec as Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar took the win on Rokfeller De Pleville Bois Margot.  Ireland’s Mark McAuley finished second on Valentino Tuiliere with Emily Moffitt in fourth on Tipsy Du Terral 0.56 sec behind Ben.

Earlier, Ben provided one of the steadiest clears in the 5* 1.45m speed to take ninth on F One USA more than 13 sec off the pace.  Germany’s Hans-Dieter Dreher took the win by 2.75 sec on Prinz.

Alicia Store claimed third in the 2* 1.15m speed with the 15-year-old mare Uranie in a five-horse decider 3.30 sec behind the pace.  Four faults dropped Flossy Polland and the six-year- Ilana down to fifth.


Four faults kept Guy Williams and Laura Renwick out of the jump-off in the 3* 1.50m grand prix in Lier, Belgium.

Sixty initially contended this class but a tough track realised only five first round clears.  Guy was the fastest of the four-faulters with Rouge De Ravel to finish seventh behind one on one time fault.  A slower round by Laura and Top Dollar VI finished 15th.  The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders registered victory on Monaco from Belgium’s Jos Verlooy on Oak Grove’s Vogelfrei with 1.05 sec to spare.

Chloe Winchester eased Quasmo CK Z into eighth in the seven-year-old.  Twenty of the 67 starters accessed the jump-off with Chloe and the Quasimodo Z/Glennridge gelding finishing 3.81 sec behind the pace.  Four faults in round two dropped Emma Stoker on Happynes, Richard Howley aboard Spot On and James Billington with Cohinoor VDL down to 13th, 14th and 15th.

Emma jumped into sixth into the 1* 1.25/1.30m grand prix on Q Seven.  Thirteen of the original 57 tackled the jump-off with Emma and the Quaid/Stakkato six-year-old 3.55 sec behind the winner.  Four faults dropped Lance Whitehouse and Whitesparke Blanko down to 11th.  One time fault denied Joe Clayton an jump-off chance and he took 16th on Chili.

Guy Williams guided the Chacco Blue 10-year-old Mr Blue Sky UK into sixth in the 3* 1.30/1.35m two-phase 1.41 sec off the pace.  James Billington was also double clear on Hurricane VDL for 17th in the 76-horse class.

A steady double clear in the 1* 1.15m two-phase earned Ellie Guy and Kilkenny 13th spot.  Jamie Wingrove was also penalty-free for 14th place on Esso and four faults in the 44-strong class dropped Arabella Prior on Friso to 17th.


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