Laura Renwick was the runaway winner of the six-year-old as she commandeered the top two places in Canteleu, France.
Forty-one came forward in this speed class over a 1.30m track but there was no stopping Laura and she fired into the top spot with Jolita L (Ustinov/Nabab De Reve) and finished second on the home-bred Cottee (Asterix E Z/Couleur Rubin), 1.90 sec separating the two. The Netherlands’ Jur Vrieling was the nearest rival almost two sec further in arrears on Jardonnay VDL. An easy round by James Whitaker on SS All Shook Up finished 17th.
Shane Breen was less than half a sec off victory in the 3* 1.40m with Evita. Seventy-five started in this speed class with Shane and the Carambole/Equador 11-year-old finishing 0.31 sec behind the winner, France’s Matheiu Lambert on Cayetano Loisel. Shane’s protegee and fellow British-based Irishman Jack Ryan slotted the Ukato eight-year-old Hollywood into fourth place.
Jack claimed second in the 51-horse seven-year-old 1.35m speed on Ivan (Namelus R/Damiro) 1.45 sec off the pace. Steadier clears from Richard Howley on Victor and Eoin Gallagher with Oakingham Sterling finished eighth and 13th.
Will Lewis jumped to the top in the amateur 1.20m on Hot Blue. Fifty-six came forward in this two-phase class with Will and the Plot Blue/Heartbreaker eight-year-old flying into the top spot to hold back all their French rivals by 1.25 sec.
Richard was in contention in the 17-horse decider of the feature 91-strong 3* 1.50m but Arlo De Blondel stroked out the vertical two from home to drop the pair to eighth.
Winners the day before, Richard and Hobelia again provided the fastest time of the class in the 3* 1.35m speed but a rail down dropped the pair to ninth.
Holly Smith was a fraction away from victory in the 3* world ranking 1.45m with Denver and had to settle for second place in Lier, Belgium.
The 80 starters were whittled down to 24 clears, although only 22 came forward to the jump-off, with Holly and the Albfeuhren’s Memphis/Chico’s Boy 12-year-old just 0.11 sec behind the winner, Germany’s David Will on Quentucky Jolly. Sam Hutton slotted the Cardento 933 10-year-old H&M Kirlo Van Den Bosrand into fifth and James Winter posted one of the steadiest double clears for 11th on Garande.
Holly steered the 10-year-old Juharah (Echo Van T Spieveld/Lord Z) into third in the 35-entry 1* 1.30m two-phase 2.87 sec behind the pace.
Emma Stoker clinched fourth in the 85-horse 3* 1.40m two-phase with Japatero VDM, the Eldorado VD Zeshoek 11-year-old finishing 1.27 sec off the pace. Slower double clears from Emma on second ride La Costa and James aboard Harande took 16th and 20th.
Emma provided the fastest round of the 27-strong seven-year-old speed on Q Seven but four faults marred their round and they finished 11th.
A rail down put Jay Halim and Billy Cointreau into 11th in the 30-horse 1* 1.20m two-phase.
Four faults in the 26-strong six-year-old speed dropped Alice Watson on Cintrix Du Russeau and Anneliese Prag aboard Con Man TW to 10th and 13th places.
Rachel Howell jumped for clear and four on Sienna in the 20-horse 1.10m two-phase to take 11th spot.
It looked like it could be a British one-two in the concluding 65-entry 1* 1.20m two-phase in Bonheiden, Belgium, until late-drawn Rik Nauta proved 0.90 sec quicker on Titan D Hoyo to take the win.
It left Christina Gachoud on the Lux Z 12-year-old ESI Hazel and Ellie Guy with the Luidam/Clover Hill 11-year-old Ard Cluedo to settle into second and third. Double clears from Joao Charlesworth (Portugal) aboard Holly Blue and Frangelico finished eighth and 15th with Joe Fernyhough on Iejoor in 12th.
Joao posted double clears in the 32-strong five-year-old 1.10m two-phase on Balou Du Vol and Vereno I to take third 2.59 sec behind the pace and eighth respectively. Amy Inglis jumped into seventh on Evotion.
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