Guy Williams made a good start to the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium with his brother Tom’s exciting seven-year-old Chilli.
The pair finished fourth in the first of the seven-year-old qualifiers. A total of 201 competitors tackled this two-phase class with Guy and the Colestus/Colorit mare Chilli finishing 0.88 sec behind the winner, Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca on Malissa de Muze. Emma Stoker guided Happynes into 21st spot. Also jumping double clear was Joe Clayton (Extasy), James Billington (Harwich VDL), Lauren Edwards (Breit Star) and Colin Keeling (Renkum Olinthos).
Matt Sampson eased the scopey and careful Ivory into third in the six-year-old. A mammoth 265 horses came forward in this two-phase competition with Matt guiding the Don VHP Z/Cartogran mare into third 0.82 sec behind the winner. Ronnie Jones secured fifth place on Interstar B (I’m Special De Muze/Ohorn VDL) and Louise Saywell slotted Kingsborough Kasper (Kannan/Revenge) into 16th. Laura Robinson on Millfield Colette (Cornet Obolensky/Clearway), Ruby Fryer with Boss Z (Bisquet Balou V Mispelaere/Diamant Z) and Charlotte Ash with Irme-Riende (Baltic VDL/Indoctro) also posted double clears.
A total of 73 five-year-olds from 243 starters jumped clear in the first of the five-year-old qualifiers over a 1.25m speed track including Emma with Orphea HQ (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Epleaser Van’t Heike) and Skylandria (Super Trooper De Ness/Indoctro), Louise Saywell on Jicarla T (Caretino Gold/Numero Uno), Max Routledge on Joly-Fleur T.V. (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Phin Phin), Jonathan Egmore and Passilano (Cassilano/Lorentin), Joe Trunkfield riding Kade Hof Ten Zoetendaele Z (Kastar Hof Ten Zoetendaele/Ahorn)
Richard Howley steered Chinook into fourth place in the 4* 1.45m on day one at St Tropez.
Sixty-four contended this world ranking speed class with Richard and the Tygo/Wellington 11-year-old finishing 1.86 sec behind the winner, France’s Roger Yves Bost on Castleforbes Talitha.
John Whitaker jumped easy rounds in the 76-strong 4* 1.40m two-phase with the Zandor 11-year-old Unick du Francport to take 11th place just over three sec behind the winner. William Funnell posted the steadiest of the double clears for 19th on Billy Angelette. France’s Nicolas Delmotte took the win on Alanine De Vains.
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