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The Whitakers do a wipeout in Amsterdam

Friday, 24 January 2014

John Whitaker and Argento won in Amsterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Whitakers were on fire in Amsterdam on Friday evening, with John and Michael taking home the first and second place in the biggest class of the day – the 1.50 De Telegraaf Prize. Riding the 12 year old stallion Argento (Arko Iii x Gasper) – who’s turning out to be a real winner for John – the living legend came in towards the end in the sixteen horse jump-off, and produced a breath taking second clear round as Argento showed off his qualities jumping superbly around the shortened track. Shaving off 0.71 seconds on his brother’s time – John took over the lead, and stayed on top until the end of the class – taking a popular win.

Runner up: Michael Whitaker with Elie van de Kolmen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Nobody could do anything about the top two, and Michael took home second on the lovely Elie van de Kolmen (President x Darco) who jumps from strength to strength. Third was home rider Maikel van der Vleuten on a very well jumping VDL Groep Arera C (Indoctro x Voltaire) who yet again impressed with a double clear not being remotely close to touching a pole, but with over a second up to Michael. Fourth was Katharina Offel on B Once Z (Baloubet De Rouet x Lavaletto) who jumped yet another amazing round.

Earlier in the day the home crowds got something to celebrate as Wesley Heydens won the 1.45 speed class on Riadloc Fly Ly (Dollar Dela Pierre x Avec Espoir). Cameron Hanley followed 0.58 seconds behind on Newton Du Haut Bois (Cumano x Quat´ Sous), while Sören Pedersen continued to impress on Tailormade Cavetta (Careful x Grannus) to end third.

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