Richard Howley excelled at Sentower Park, Opglabbeek in Belgium, with victory in the feature 2* 1.45m grand prix with Arlo De Blondel.
Eighty competitors started in this class with 18 clears coming forward to make a hot jump-off. They were no match for Richard as he urged the Tlaloc M/Kassidi 10-year-old into victory with 1.43 sec in hand over fellow Irishman Darragh Kenny aboard Chic Chic. A rail down dropped Lily Attwood and Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z down to 10th.
Ellie Guy guided Ard Cluedo into second in the 28-entry 1* 1.25m speed, the Luidam/Clover Hill 11-year-old finishing 1.41 sec behind the winner. Ashlee Harrison was also clear on Jackpot for sixth while steady rounds from Graham Gillespie (Calacas D Aubigny) and Matt Sampson (Arthur Excalibur and Geneve R) picked up time faults for 11th, 12th and 13th.
Ellen Whitaker posted a double clear to take seventh in the seven and eight-year-old on Emara Giguellarie Z. Fifteen of the 61 starters accessed the jump-off with Ellen and the Elvis Ter Putte/Canturo mare finishing 4.39 sec off the pace. Four faults dropped Antonia Platt (Imerald-S) and Shane O’Meara (Ikaberlina RV) down to 12th and 14th.
Alex Somerville-Cotton produced the steadiest double clear in the five-year-old 1.10m to take fourth on Amazing-K Van’t Kattenheye Z (Arezzo VDL/Mr Blue).
Ella Quigley scored the steadiest of the maximum scores in the 35-strong 2* 1.40m accumulator to take 14th with Off-White 17 sec off the pace.
Tom Whitaker returned the steadiest of the double clears to take 16th in the 52-horse six-year-old 1.20m aboard Cabo Verdi.
A patient Eoin Gallagher took his time and notched up steady clears and a couple of lower places with Bigstar Derick before moving up to top gear and taking victory in the 1.30m in Gorla Minore, Italy.
Twenty-two of the 65 starters came forward to the jump-off with Eoin forging ahead on the Popstar Lozonais nine-year-old to win by half a sec.
An easy clear in the 77-entry 1.35m put Eoin and Flugel M into 14th 10 sec off the pace.
Ashley Ray posted a double clear in the 30-strong 1.25m two-phase for 11th on Quite A Flower more than six sec off the pace.
Steady rounds in the six-year-old two-phase handed Ashley on OS Meursault and OS Bourgogne Rouge and Jack Stirling with Elstard De Fetan eighth, 11th and 12th. Ashley on Meursault and Jack with OS Vino jumped clear in the initial six-year-old speed for 12th and 13th.
Four faults in the second phase of the 28-strong seven-year-old dropped Eoin and Oakingham Sterling to 13th.
Jack Ryan claimed two of the top four places in the seven-year-old in San Giovanni at Magnagno, Italy, winning on Latte Macchiato.
Forty-two contended this speed class with Jack pushing ahead on the Pacino/Boherdeal Clover gelding to win by 3.69 sec. Georgia Tame slotted the Don VHP Z daughter Donavaya into third and Jack also finished fourth with Ivan.
Jack jumped into fifth in the concluding 2* 1.45m grand prix on Guminka. The 65 starters were reduced to 28 for the jump-off with Jack and the posting another clear to finish 1.34 sec behind the winning time on the Bernini/Lupicor nine-year-old.
Georgia rode Sjelle into fourth in the 55-strong 1* grand prix over a 1.25m track in a 15-horse decider, the Stolzenberg eight-year-old finishing 1.93 sec behind the winner.
A steady clear from Jack and BBS McGregor claimed 11th in the 2* 1.35m speed 10 sec behind the winner.
Scarlett Charles clinched third in the young rider grand prix in Wipperurth, Germany, with Lordanos Junior.
Fifteen came forward to tackle the 1.45m track with four accessing the jump-off, Scarlett posting another clear on the 13-year-old Lordanos stallion to finish just 0.44 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Sonke Fallenberg on Vescovino.
Sienna Charles netted fifth place in the junior grand prix over a 1.40m track with Ornellaia. Twenty-two of the 41 starters jumped initial clears with 12 going double clear, Sienna and the For Pleasure 15-year-old mare slotting into fifth 2.69 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Pia Stieborsky with Carry 74. Four faults in the second round dropped Sienna’s second ride Controe to 13th.
Sienna also picked up third in the 56-strong 1.40m two-phase on Chinta Van Geluut Z 0.97 sec off the pace. Sienna was also 10th on Ornellaia while Scarlett picked up one time fault on Sassicaia Ares for 12th.
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