Brits were again on form in Royan, France, with Guy Williams and Laura Mantel registering wins.
Guy galloped ahead to take the 2* 1.30m two-phase on the L’Esprit/No Limit 13-year-old Cupido, besting all 54 rivals to win by 1.39 sec. Jackson Reed-Stephenson slotted the Cornet Obolensky eight-year-old Muna VD Bisschop into second place.
Guy also picked up fourth in the 64-strong 1.45m aboard the 15-year-old French-bred stallion Rouge De Ravel 0.36 sec in arrears of the winner, France’s Raphael Goehrs on Radieuse Du Landy. Day one’s winner Laura Renwick and Arkuga jumped into seventh and Louise Saywell also returned a double clear for 15th on Arakan as 16 reached the second round.
Brits filled the top two in the 1* 1.20m two-phase with Laura Mantel commandeering the top spot aboard Tesio P. Fifty-one came forward with Laura and the eight-year-old Billy Mexico/Flagmount Diamond mare winning by 2.15 sec over Tony Pearson riding Berlin.
Laura also picked up third in the 54-horse seven-year-old speed on Idaho (Otangelo/Orlando) 1.12 sec in arrears of the winning time. Steady clears from Louise on Kingsborough Kasper and Tony with Wyoming 19 finished 13th and 15th.
The six-year-old was practically a British whitewash with four of the top five places. Laura Renwick came to the fore in this 28-strong 1.30m speed with the top two places, firing Cottee (Asterix E Z/Couleur Rubin) into the top spot and taking second aboard Jolita L (Ustinov/Nabab De Reve), 1.21 sec separating the two. Jackson eased Obelia VD Bisschop (Nabab De Reve/Baloubet Du Rouet) into third and Laura Mantel guided Aurora (Typhoon S/For Pleasure) into fifth. An easier clear from Nicole Pavitt and ES Coco Kan claimed ninth.
Charlene Bastone was less than half a sec from victory in the 2* 1.30m on day two of week two on the Baltica Tour in Ciekocinko, Poland, with Gurtera Cara Dubh.
A total of 87 came forward in this speed class with Charlene settling for second on the 11-year-old VDL Arkansas daughter by just 0.33 sec behind the winner, Switzerland’s Clarissa Clotta on Canada I Z. Donald Whitaker was also clear for eighth on Cicomein VDL.
Will Edwards opted for accuracy in the 85-strong 1.40m speed to claim 11th on Captain Jack almost eight sec off the pace.
Easy double clears in the 44-horse seven-year-old over a 1.35m two-phase class earned the lower placings, Emily Moffitt and Dacantos filling 11th spot and the steadiest of the clears by Donald Whitaker on I’m Special LVS Z taking 13th.
Joe Clee urged Alzu Ohio into third in the 2* 1.45m speed on day one in Lier, Belgium.
The mammoth entry class was split into two and eighty-one contended this section with Joe and the Optimum VD Wellington 17-year-old 2.50 sec behind the pace. Emma Stoker was also clear on Kontador VDM for 11th place.
Georgia Tame jumped into 15th with a steady clear in the second section of the 1.45m on Clyde VA.
Joe participated in the second section of the 2* 1.40m speed – another split into two – to ride the 11-year-old Ekita (Larino/Burggraaf) into fourth 3.75 sec off the pace.
Georgia posted an easy clear on Can Ya Makan to claim sixth place in the 64-strong 2* 1.40m group one. Such was the entry, this class was split into two with Georgia and the Canturo 14-year-old finishing six sec behind the winning time.
Emma Stoker jumped Q Seven into third in a competitive 93-horse seven-year-old two-phase, the Quaid/Stakkato gelding just 0.25 sec off the winning time. Joe claimed sixth on Ballinalard and Georgia was also double clear for 11th on Donavaya.
Emma returned a double clear in the 74-entry six-year-old to steer Skylandia Z (Super Trooper De Ness/Indoctro) into seventh exactly two sec behind the winner. Joe was also penalty-free on Bliksem McQueen 111 Z for 21st.
An easy double clear in the initial day’s 5* 1.45m two-phase at Hubside Jumping tour in St Tropez, France, slotted Holly Smith and Flipper Darco UK Z into 12th place. Forty-six contended with Holly and the Flipper D’Elle/Darco nine-year-old finishing four sec behind the winner, Germany’s Christian Kukuk on Botaro.
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