Jess Mendoza jumped straight to the top in the 1.40m on day one at Waregem, Belgium, with Kay.
Forty-five contended this 2* speed class with Jess and the Echo Van Het Neerenbosch nine-year-old easing ahead to win by 0.27 sec. Joe Clee was 0.88 sec in arrears for fourth on the 16-year-old Alzu Ohio and Matt Sampson picked up one time fault on Geneve R to take 17th.
Alexandra Thornton returned a total of three time fault in the 47-horse 5* 1.40m two-phase on Cornetto K for 13th place. Four faults in the second phase put James Wilson and Eskola M into 16th spot.
Double winners in the first week in Canteleu, France, Nicole Pavitt had to settle for second on day one of week two with Victor Blue.
Fifty-three contended the 3* 1.35m speed with Nicole and the Dutch-bred 17-year-old finishing 1.80 sec behind the winner for the runner-up spot.
Guy Williams guided Cupido into fourth with Joe Stockdale eighth on Tornado Des Monts. Keith Shore with Elco VM and Skye Higgin’s Brooklyn De Larquey also returned clean sheets to take 15th and 19th.
Keith Shore rode Iron Lady Van’t Meulenhof into fourth in the 3* 1.45m. Forty-five tackled this speed class with Keith and the Parco 11-year-old finishing 1.56 sec behind the winner. Lance Whitehouse slotted Alex H into 10th with a steadier clear.
John Whitaker rode son Robert’s usual ride Cash Sent in the 4* 1.40m two-phase in St Tropez and was in the money.
Fifty-four contended this class with John taking seventh, the Verdi 12-year-old behind the pace. William Funnell rode Billy Angelette into 12th and John was also double clear on Unick Du Francport for 15th.
William claimed ninth in the 4* 1.45m speed on Billy McCain with an easy clear. Fifty-two jumped in this world ranking class with William and the Cevin Z 11-year-old finishing 3.48 sec behind the winner. John was also clear on Sharid for 18th.
Robert Whitaker eased the six-year-old Vermento into seventh in the 27-strong 2* 1.20m speed with a steady clear some 14 sec off the pace. John also jumped clear with the seven-year-old Storm for 10th.
Jason Smith guided Galaya Von Hof into second in the 1.40m speed in Gorla Minore, Italy. A big entry of 80 contended this class with Jason and the 12-year-old Galaya just 0.15 sec off the winning time. Dan Neilson was also clear for 15th on Edinburgh.
Dan also picked up eighth with a steady clear in the seven-year-old speed on Matrone VD Donkhoeve almost 12 sec behind the winner.
A steady double clear in the 63-strong 1.20m two-phase slotted Jason and the eight-year-old Cagno into 18th.
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