A flying gallop to the final fence earned Graham Lovegrove victory in the medium tour 1.45m grand prix with Old Lodge’s Silver Wave at Kronenberg, The Netherlands.
Fifteen of the original 61 starters contended the jump-off but Graham executed tight turns and took a final flyer on the enthusiastic Der Senaat 111/Cash 11-year-old to win by 1.26 sec.
“I’ve gained some grey hairs,” laughed Graham, who has only ridden Silver Wave for the past five weeks and gained a Longines watch for his win.
In a nod to his partner Louise Saywell’s win, Graham added: “Now we have matching watches, his and hers.”
Graham has quickly established a rapport with Silver Wave – “We really click and he does have what it takes, that much is clear after tonight.”
Louise claimed victory in the five-year-old and six-year-old 1.20/1.30m with the scopey Kingsborough Kasper. Twenty of the 55 starters contended the jump-off with Louise and the big-striding Kannan/Revenge six-year-old winning with 1.17 sec to spare.
Jessica Whall guided Eclipse into fifth in the 41-entry 1* 1.20m speed, the Dakar TN seven-year-old finishing 7.73 sec off the pace. Jamie Wingrove gave the seven-year-old stallion Je T’Aime Romeras a sympathetic ride to take 20th with three time faults.
Kirsty Keating jumped a double clear in the six-horse jump-off of the 1* 1.10m to claim fourth place on the Marius Claudius/Pacific 10-year-old Esso more than six sec behind the pace.
Laura Renwick was a fraction away from victory in a big-entry main class of the day in Bonheiden, Belgium with Top Dollar VI.
Eighty-eight initially contended the 3* 1.45m with 22 returning for round two, Laura and the Dollar Du Murier/Darco 10-year-old crossing the line just 0.17 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Jack Ansems on Fliere Fluiter.
Guy Williams and the speedy Rouge De Ravel were in contention for another win more than three sec faster than the winning time but a rail dropped them down to 10th. Georgia Tame (Jeff Ten Helven) and Joe Stockdale (Gunner) also returned on four faults for 15th and 17th.
Georgia secured third spot in the 83-horse 2* 1.30m speed with the Chin Champ seven-year-old Be Con Champo 2.28 sec off the pace.
Four faults in the second phase of the 3* 1.35m dropped Laura and Maverick to 11th place. Olli Fletcher returned on five faults to take 14th on Horst Van De Mispelaere.
Arabella Prior rode MHS Sanfrancisco into third in the 41-strong 2* 1.15m two-phase, the eight-year-old Quidam Junior/Cavalier Royale mare finishing 2.81 sec behind the pace.
An easy double clear in the 42-entry 3* 1.40m two-phase put Will Fletcher and the Ustinov 10-year-old Everytime Anywhere B into 12th 3.25 sec behind the winner.
In Jardy, France, Jodie Hall-McAteer guided Mademoiselle-A into second in the 21-horse 1.35m two-phase, the Corland seven-year-old four sec off the pace.
Easy clears in the 90-strong 1.40m speed put Alex Rident on Le Roi Du Couer Des Collines and Jackson Reed-Stephenson with Cool Cash into 11th and 13th.
In Macon Chaintre, France, one time fault kept John Whitaker out of the jump-off of the 67-strong 3* 1.45m and Unick Du Francport finished 12th.
A rail down in the third round of the six-bar put Julie Andrews and the Oklund/Topas 16-year-old Wilando B into seventh.
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