Chloe Aston jumps to win at Sentower
Chloe Aston and the on-form Amigo T went one better than second place 24 hours earlier to win the feature class of the day at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium.
A big entry of 95 tackled this 1.45m speed class and it was predicatably competitive, but Chloe had the edge on the game Padinus/Libero H 15-year-old and edged ahead for a 0.16 sec victory. Matt Sampson rode two into the top eight, taking third on the eight-year-old Curraghgraigue Obos Flight (Obos Quality 004/Errigal Flight) and eighth with DSP Colfosco. Chad Fellows was close behind for ninth aboard Gomez TN.
David Simpson jumped to the top in the 2* 1.40m with Jenson 55. Fifty-two contended this two-phase class with David edging ahead aboard Charlotte Platt’s home-bred 12-year-old Verdi TN/Padinus stallion to win by 0.29 sec.
Shane o’Meara clinched fourth spot in the 1* grand prix over a 1.35m track with Haranta. Thirteen of the 50 starters contended a hotly competitive jump-off with Shane jumping another clear on the VDL Zirocco Blue/Carolus II eight-year-old mare just 0.18 sec behind the winner.
Anna Wilks slotted the Spartacus TN/Animo nine-year-old La Force De Tamerville into second in the 19-strong 1* 1.30m speed 0.89 sec behind the pace. Emma Stoker posted a steadier clear on Japetero VDM for sixth place.
Chloe Winchester eased Keep Away VD Molendreef into third in the 30-horse 2* 1.35m two-phase, the 10-year-old Contact VD Heffinck/Beach Boy mare finishing 0.72 sec off the pace. Tom Whitaker claimed fifth on Budgie and Red Morgan was also double clear for seventh aboard True Blue III – a 12-year-old bought from Sovereign Equestrian. Chloe Aston looked a sure winner with the fastest time on Dudok L but a rail on the floor dropped them from a possible victory to 14th.
Ellie Guy claimed fourth in the 29-entry 1* 1.20m two-phase 1.23 sec behind the pace on the Luidam 11-year-old Ard Cluedo. Sally Hopkinson also returned a double clear to take eighth with Fadograaf.
Four faults in the five-horse jump-off of the 1.15m denied Lulu Warren a win and the Contact ME 14-year-old Farina dropped to third.
Georgia Tame steered Z7 Ascot into third in the 1.40m in San Giovanni, Italy.
A mammoth 98 came forward in this class but just 13 accessed the jump-off with Georgia and the Nonstop/Voltaire nine-year-old jumping another clear to finish 0.79 sec behind the winning time. Jack Ryan also reached the jump-off but 12 faults second time out put Granada S into 13th.
Georgia claimed third in the 67-strong 1* 1.25m speed with Sjelle, the Stolzenberg eight-year-old finishing 3.68 sec off the pace.
Jack guided Ivan into second in the seven-year-old. Twelve of the 42 starters reached the jump-off with Jack and the Namelus R/Damiro gelding finishing 0.36 sec behind the winner.
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