Brits landed the top two places in the 3* 1.40m speed in Canteleu, France, as Guy Williams edged ahead of his protegee Lily Freeman-Attwood in a hot competition.
Thirty-five competitors tackled this class with Guy easing into the top spot on the L’Esprit 12-year-old Cupido to record his third win at this show by just 0.06 sec. Lily chased hard for second place on the Belgian-bred nine-year-old Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z with Nicole Pavitt in fifth on Southend. One time fault put Lance Whitehouse and Balzac into 12th.
A winner 24 hours earlier, Maisy Williams had to settle for second in the 24-strong 1* 1.15m speed with Prodige Des Etisses 0.44 sec behind the pace.
One rail down in the 13-horse decider of the 1* 1.25m put Giorgia Distefano and Dicasi OH/Animo seven-year-old Dincky Toy Z into fifth. Eight faults dropped Alex Bishop and Fenna De Go into 11th.
James Wilson featured in the 5* grand prix to conclude the show at Waregem in Belgium, but a crucial rail down in the jump-off dropped Imagine De Muze down the order.
Only seven of the 40 starters posted initial clears over a challenging track with James in contention until four faults dropped him and the 11-year-old Nabab De Reve mare Imagine De Muze from a possible second to sixth. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat took the win on Alamo with 2.10 sec to spare over Ireland’s Denis Lynch and Rubens LS La Silla.
Arundell Beerbaum posted a double clear in the 2* 1.45m grand prix to take fourth on the Cassini II nine-year-old Cassina 1.35 sec behind the winner, Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan on Suma’s Zorro. Four faults in the 17-strong jump-off dropped Joe Clee with Hello Guv’Nor and Anna Wilks on Undicci to 12th and 13th.
James came home as the fastest of the four-faulters in the 5* 1.45m speed to drop Eskola M from a possible second to 19th.
Four faults dropped Joe Clee with Alzu Ohio and Matt Sampson’s Firefly W down to 10th and 11th in Saturday’s 16-strong jump-off of Saturday’s 2* 1.40m. And four faults in Sunday’s 2* 1.40m speed put Matt and Marvin Van De Waterhoeve into 13th.
Romilly Simmons provided the steadiest of the clears in the 1* 1.35m speed to take eighth on the 10-year-old In The Air 18 sec behind the pace.
Tess Carmichael jumped to the top on the final day in Bew York, winning the 2* 1.30m with Bangle SR. Ten of the 19 starters produced initial clears to contend the jump-off with Tess and the 10-year-old Chin Chin mare outpacing all her USA rivals to win with 0.72 sec in hand.
Blythe Masters steered Damn Smooth into second in the 2* 1.15m. A jump-off wasn’t required when only The USA’s Stella Propp provided the only clear on Baral Precosia with Blythe and the Luidam 11-year-old taking the runner-up spot on four faults.
Four faults in the 5* 1.45m speed put Scott Brash and Hello Shelby into 13th and the pair also finished on four in the concluding 5* 1.50m, denying them a jump-off chance and put them into 19th.
In St Tropez, France, John Whitaker guided Storm into a double clear and eighth in the 2* 1.25m, the Handel II/Voltaire seven-year-old finishing eight sec off the pace in the 12-horse jump-off.
Four faults in the 10-horse decider of the 41-entry world ranking 2* 1.45m grand prix put Robert Whitaker and Strides Hatton’s Treasure into sixth spot.
In Bonheiden, Belgium, Helena Cassir claimed sixth in the 2* 1.45m with Catuso. Seventy-three initially tackled this class with 15 contending round two, the Canto/Corrado I 12-year-old coming home just over four sec behind the winner.
Abbe Burchmore Eames guided Casti Aneira into second in the 44-horse 1* 1.20m, the 12-year-old Lupicor/Casco mare 0.63 sec off the pace.
Abbe slotted One Clarimo into sixth in the 25-strong 1* 1.05m two-phase, the Clarimo six-year-old finishing three sec off the pace.
A steady double clear in the 2* 1.35m two-phase more than seven sec behind the pace earned Olivia Howe and Evita 16th place.
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