Peter Moloney bags a win in Belgium


Peter Moloney jumped to the top in the 2* 1.45m with Ornellaia at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium.

A mammoth 96 competitors started in this class but only 20 came u with all the answers to access the jump-off. But no-one could catch British-based Irishman Peter as he blasted into the top spot on the For Pleasure/Calato 14-year-old mare to win by 0.86 sec. Harry Charles returned a double clear on the Indoctro 11-year-old Utrillo Du Roumois to take fifth closely followed by Alexandra Thornton in sixth with HHS Figero. William Whitaker was out to win but his super-quick round on RMF Chacco Top was marred by a rail down and he dropped to ninth and Jess Mendoza (Sam De Bacon) and Chloe Winchester (Stenhaga Tulip Tattoo) also came home on four apiece to take 11th and 12th places.

William steered RMF Hortensia into third in the 84-strong 2* 1.35m two-phase, the 10-year-old Heartbeat mare finishing 1.54 sec off the pace. Steadier double clears from Jess Mendoza on Dublin and Eoin Gallagher with Bigstar Derick earned 20th and 21st places.

Claire Salem claimed fifth in the 47-horse 2* 1.20m two-phase with the seven-year-old Cicero D Epic 6.37 sec behind the winner.

Ashley Ray posted a steady clear 14 sec behind the pace to take 15th in the 58-entry 1.30m speed on Apart P.

Steady clears in the 92-entry five-year-old 1.15m/six-year-old 1.25m speed from Francis Whittington on Quidam’s Rubin Sohn and Cressy Neads with Alia finished in 19th and 20th places.

Laura Renwick and Top Dollar VI just missed out on victory and had to settle for second in the six-bar on day one of Madrid in Spain.

Twelve originally started in the six-bar with just three surviving to jump the fourth round of a possible five. But Austria’s Max Kuhner withdrew Chardonnay at this point and Laura went head-to-head with Germany’s Marcus Ehning. A rail fell for Laura and the Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old Top Dollar, leaving Marcus to take the top spot with the only clear aboard A La Carte NRW.

Laura posted an easy clear in the 40-horse 5* 1.55m speed on Dublin V, the Vigaro 11-year-old more than four sec behind the winner, Portugal’s Luciana Diniz on Vertigo Du Desert. Four faults dropped Scott Brash on Hello Vincent and Billy Twomey’s Kimba Flamenco to 16th and 17th.

In Wellington, USA, Amanda Derbyshire claimed fifth with Cornwall BH in the FEI $72,000 Joe Dimaggio Childs Hospital 1.50m. Fourteen of the 53 starters reached the jump-off with Amanda and the Con Air/Camridge 11-year-old jumping another clear to finish more than five sec behind the winner, Israel’s Daniel Bluman on Colestina H. Four faults dropped Australia’s Rowan Willis down to ninth on Cartouch III – a Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 12-year-old produced in Britain by Mark Turnbull until June earlier this year.

In Poznan 4*, Poland, Michael Whitaker posted an easy double clear in the big tour 1.40 – 1.60m with Flinstering to take seventh. Fifteen of the 73 starters reached the jump-off with Michael and the jumping another clear to finish more than six sec behind the winner, Switzerland’s Barbara Schnieper on Escoffier. Four faults in round one dropped Jack Whitaker and Elucar VE down to 18th.

Jack tackled the Puissance with the Burggraaf 11-year-old Billy Z but four faults in round three put the pair into equal fourth with four others.

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