Guy Williams made short work of the 3* 1.45m two-phase with consistent partner Rouge De Ravel in Bonheiden, Belgium.
A large of entry of 85 tackled this class but no-one was a match for speed merchant Guy and he powered the Ultimo Van Ter Moude 14-year-old stallion around the track to win with 1.82 sec in hand.
Georgia Tame eased Quintella into sixth with Lily Freeman-Attwood in ninth aboard Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z. Steadier double clears from Harriet Nuttall with A Touch Imperious and Joe Clee’s Alzu Ohio put them 14th and 15th.
Laura Renwick outran her rivals to take victory in the 3* 1.35m with the home-bred Maverick. Thirty-one contended this speed class but Laura typically sped ahead to win by 0.95 sec on the Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker seven-year-old. A steadier clear earned Joe and Calorie VH Marienshof Z 12th spot.
And Laura netted third in the 3* 1.40m two-phase on Top Dollar VI, the Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old finishing 1.26 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Koen Vereecke on Diadarco Van Evendael Z. Harriet Nuttall guided the nine-year-old mare Night Of Glory OL (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Codex) into fifth and Joe was also double clear to pick up seventh on Hello Guv’Nor.
Georgia posted an easy double clear in the 78-horse 2* 1.40m two-phase to take 13th on the Quaprice Z seven-year-old Harvey.
Nick Benterman guided Chico De Cicero Z (Cicero Z/Calvaro FC) into ninth in the 33-strong seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase more than six sec behind the pace.
William Whitaker galloped to victory in the 2* 1.45m in Kronenberg, The Netherlands, with RMF Echo.
The 99 starters were reduced to just 15 for the jump-off with William and the Virus De Laubry 15-year-old Echo powering ahead to win by 0.73 sec.
"This horse is fantastic, but a bit funny as well", says William Whitaker after winning the Parkhotel Horst ranking class. "He'is a super star in the ring, but quite hot. When you seen him bouncing up and down in the prize giving ceremony, you would not believe he is quite the lazy type at home. In this jump-off I could get him quite nicely in the rythm and was able to open him up towards the last fence. I was also lucky that I could seen Michael Christofoletti's ride. I knew his course of action, but if I hadn't the tables might have been turned and I would've placed second".
Louise Saywell almost made it a double but had to settle for a win and a second place.
The consistent Feigtling came to the fore in the 96-strong 1* 1.30m two-phase, Graham Ward’s Chicago Z/Darco 14-year-old forging ahead to take the win by 0.71 sec.
Louise jumped into second in the 2* medium 1.40m with PLS Halo Diamond. A mammoth 112 entries tackled this speed class with the Irish-bred 11-year-old Halo Diamond finishing just 0.29 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Beau Schuttelaar on Caretino. Graham Lovegrove piloted the Vermont 10-year-old Excelibur into sixth.
Zoe Potter steered My Lady into third in the 57-horse five and six-year-old 1.20/1.30m handicap, the Mylord Carthago/Landor S five-year-old 0.45 sec behind the winning time. Louise eased the five-year-old Jicarla T and the six-year-old Kingsborough Kasper into 10th and 12th. Jamie Wingrove took 14th on Jiriona TP and Joanne Whitaker posted the steadiest of the double clears on London Eye for 18th.
Louise jumped double clear in the 39-strong young horse 1.35m two-phase to take eighth on the Spartacus seven-year-old Happy-Fomia four sec off the pace.
Domenique Bonelli claimed fourth in the 1* 1.10m two-phase on the Clarissimo Z six-year-old Clariba W Z 2.07 sec behind the winning time. Kirsty Keating was also double clear on Esso to take eighth spot.
An easy double clear in the 71-entry 2* 1.35m two-phase handed Alex Gill and Grand Slam VDL 13th place. William was also penalty-free for 22nd on RMF Cadeau De Muze.
In Jardy, France, Ellie Hall-Mcateer slotted Crisanta into second in the 1.30m two-phase. Seventy-four contended this class with Ellie and the 14-year-old Caretino 2 daughter finishing 1.68 sec behind the winner for the runner-up spot.
And Ellie also claimed second in the 1* 1.20m speed with Unex Arantos, the Concorde 14-year-old 1.63 sec behind the pace in the 38-strong class.
Jodie Hall-McAteer eased the Mr Visto 10-year-old Fantom into seventh in the 20-strong jump-off of the 1.40m to finish seventh more than four sec off the pace.
Alexandra Thornton featured in Friday’s concluding 5* 1.45/1.50m in St Tropez at the Athina Onassis Horse Show/Longines Global Champions Tour with Charielle.
Only nine of the 46 starters contended the jump-off with Alexandra and the Chacco-Blue/Argentinus 13-year-old going clear again to take fifth 2.82 sec behind the winner. Already a winner the day before, Belgium’s Pieter Devos again cruised into the top spot riding Espoir to win by 0.32 sec over The USA’s Kent Farrington and Austria 2.
Harry Charles and Borsato jumped the steadiest of the double clears to take ninth in the 21-strong 5* 1.45m speed some 18 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Marco Kutscher on Charco. Emily Moffitt was slightly slower to pick up one time fault and 10th on Winning Good.
Alena Hughes slotted Rainbow into second place in the 2* 1.15m in a 12-strong jump-off, the Cato Z/Pouchka III 15-year-old finishing 0.96 sec behind the winner. Tess Carmichael was also double clear for fifth on the Van Gogh 10-year-old E.Harley and a steady four faults dropped Alicia Store and Uranie down to 12th.
Alena also featured in the 12-horse decider of the 2* 1.25/1.30m jump-off with fourth spot on the eight-year-old Con Chello mare Grannushka 3.19 sec off the pace. One time fault in round one denied Tess and Chisinau W Z a jump-off chance and they finished 15th.
Four faults in the 15-horse jump-off of the 3* 1.50m put John Whitaker and the Toulon 10-year-old Sharid into 11th place.
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