Once again the new week here at the Dehesa Montenmedio, started off with the 5, 6 and 7yr-old Young classes. The British rider Phillip Miller with Titan (Marius Claudius x Double Jeopardy) took the win in one of the sections of the 7yr-old class in a time of 24.91sec. In second was the Columbian rider Dayro Arroyave with Nestor Z, in 25.05sec and in third was another British rider, Joe Whitaker and Fairy Tale in 25.12sec.
In the second section it was a British top two, Carron Nicol and Galerius (Diamant De Semilly X Sandro Girl) was the winner in 22.93sec. This combination is one that is already qualified for the final of the 7yr olds with seven clears. In second was Spencer Roe on Gusto (Baltic Vdl x Chanson) in 24.14sec and in third was Swedish rider, Jens Fredricson on Cosmopolit (Cohiba x Olida) in 26.40sec. There were 117 horses jumping today in both sections and 74 went clear. There are now 49 horses already qualified for the final of the 7yr-olds on the 21st of March. There are still three more opportunities to obtain qualifying clear rounds before the Finals.
In the 6yr-old class 98 horses went clear from 155 entries. Amongst them were the Irish combination Richard Howley on Harrison (Numero Uno x Vera Eleen); the Belgian rider Max Verheyen on Helga-Utopia (Vdl Zirocco Blue x Smaragd) and the Spanish rider Luis Astolfi on Quiwiti.
In the 5yr-old class there were 56 clears from 104 combinations. Amongst the top riders were Alejandro Fernández on Dianvaro BF (ESP); Carlos López-Fanjul (ESP) on Nemo De Sauco (Diamant De Semilly x Janis Joplin) and the Italian rider Alexa Larkin on Vins VD Tojopehoeve Z (Vagrant Z x Uniek V.D.To-Jo- Pe).