Charlie Jones narrowly misses out on a grand prix victory

Charlie Jones was less than half a sec off victory in the feature 2* 1.45m grand prix in Peelbergen, The Netherlands, with Dexter.

Seventy starters came forward with 16 safely negotiating the track to contend the jump-off, Charlie and the VDL Wittinger 12-year-old crossing the finish line 0.45 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Christian Kukuk on Chianti’s Champion.  Spencer Roe provided the steadiest of the double clears to take eighth on Eclips and Ronnie Jones claimed 16th aboard Cuba Libre.


Jack Ryan jumped to victory in the 2* 1.35m on BBS McGregor.  Thirty-two came forward over this two-phase track but Jack eased ahead to gain a 0.32 sec advantage on the Cardento eight-year-old.  Carmen Edwards steered the Bodinus nine-year-old Geodina HS into second, Christina Gachoud picked up eighth on Be Con Champo and Anna Wilks posted the steadiest of the double clears for 14th on Guestlist.



Christina topped the 1* 1.30m with ESI Hazel.  Nineteen contended this two-phase class with Christina forging ahead on the Lux Z 12-year-old to break the 30 sec barrier and win by 0.95 sec.  Amelia Gachoud opted for accuracy and came home almost 10 sec slower for sixth with Lopez 39.

Graham Lovegrove piloted Bacardi into second place in the 56-horse 1.35/1.40m, thr Numero Uno/Action Hero 14-year-old finishing 0.55 sec behind the winner in the 13-strong jump-off. 

Just four of the 42 starters accessed the jump-off of the 1* small grand prix but Michael Duffy was caught out second time out over the 1.30/1.35m track and a rail down dropped him to third with the Namelus R 13-year-old Charming Edition.  


Harriet Biddick was the sole British representative in the 2* 1.45m grand prix in Bonheiden, Belgium, with Galway Bay Jed and posted a double clear to take third.

Fourteen of the 66 starters posted initial clears to access the jump-off with Harriet and the Romanov/Lux 12-year-old again coming home penalty-free to finish 1.66 sec behind the winner, Luxembourg’s Charlotte Bettendorf and Nababette Z.


James Emblen netted second in the seven-year-old 1.30m on Qui Est-Elle, the Quidame De Revel/Stakkato mare 0.80 sec behind the winning time.  Alex Bishop returned a double clear for seventh on Thomascourt Emirates and four faults second time out put Robert Whitaker and Vermento into 13th.




Brits filled the top four places in the 1* 1.10m two-phase with Alex leading the way, outpacing his 30 rivals to win by 1.07 sec on the eight-year-old H. Little Uno SR.  And Alex also picked up third on the six-year-old Messenger daughter Carmel Bay, sandwiching James into second on the Centus 10-year-old Centurion V.  Ellie Guy claimed fourth spot with the seven-year-old Ijver.



Sienna Charles emerged as best Brit in the 2* 1.45m grand prix at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, with recent new ride Ornellaia, the pair posting a double clear to take fourth. 

Seventy-nine originally contended this feature class but only 10 reached the jump-off as a tough time allowed claimed seven riders with time faults only.  Sienna was again penalty-free second time out and the For Pleasure/Calato 15-year-old finished 2.41 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Patrick Stuhlmeyer on Varihoka De Temple.  Millie Allen joined her in the jump-off but a rail down dropped Daniel to sixth place.  David Simpson with Foudre F and Jackson Reed-Stephenson aboard Cool Cash came home on one time fault for 13th and 14th.

Brits filled the top three places in the six-year-old with Emma Stoker leading the way on Skylandria Z.  The 53 starters were reduced to 23 for the jump-off with Emma easing ahead on the Super Trooper De Ness/Indoctro mare to win by 0.15 sec.  Jackson Reed-Stephenson finished second on the Nabab De Reve mare Obelia VD Bisschop with Laura Renwick in third aboard Jolita L (Ustinov/Nabab De Reve), just 0.26 sec separating the three.  Trevor Breen slotted Cato Boy into sixth, Scarlett Ward took ninth on Davinchi while steadier rounds from Tamarin Christie (Janita), Tom Whitaker (Cabo Verde) and Harry Charles (Lightning TW) finished 13th, 16th and 17th.

Jude Burgess notched up a maximum score for third in the 41-strong 1.40m accumulator on the Ugano Sitte/Heartbreaker 12-year-old Comeback De Fremis more than four sec off the pace.  Lily Attwood on Centadel Rose and Lila Bremner aboard Cocktail D Azur also touted maximum scores for 16th and 18th. 

David guided Namaco Vant Keldertje into third in the 79-horse seven and eight-year-old 1.35/1.40m, the Bamako De Muze/Querlybet Hero seven-year-old 1.02 sec behind the pace.  Phillip Spivey slotted Cantona II into seventh and Daley Fisher came home on a double clear for 10th on Balloon Cruise in the 25-strong jump-off.

Stacey Willsone piloted CSF Olympic Lady into third in the 38-entry 1* 1.25m, the Luidam/Cruising 10-year-old 3.46 sec behind the winner.  Caroline Breen was right behind for fourth on the Irish 15-year-old Kilmastulla Douglas in the 14-horse decider while four faults dropped Red Morgan’s CSF Foxy Lady and Megan Broadway on Glorialudine down to 10th and 12th.

Brits were bunched together in the 26-entry five-year-old.  Alex Somerville-Cotton rode Amazing-K Van’t Kattenheye Z into fourth 4.61 sec off the pace in the 10-strong jump-off.  Scarlett on Billy Comet and Stephen Lohoar with Kamilia LSH also provided double clears for fifth and sixth.


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