Earlier, James Fisher employed some sharp turns and impressive acceleration on Renville to win the Fordyce Curry Wembley Internatonal Cup by 1.54sec, thus putting paid to the chance of John Whitaker achieving the second leg of a double.
Whitaker, second of six into the jump-off, produced a typically fluent, corner-cutting round on 18-year-old Virtual Village Grannusch and the double appeared within reach until Fisher followed him into the arena.
Fisher had won the Linz Grand Prix at the Austrian Nations Cup meeting on Sunday with Renville, who spent Tuesday and part of Wednesday in his paddock, before coming here. The horse is jumping with ever-increasing assurance.
Whitaker had won the earlier NSR Silver Bullet Salver on eight-year-old Virtual Village Heyman, who also covers the ground swiftly and could prove to be the future star of the Yorkshireman's yard.
The course for this speed contest was not demanding, but the Dutch-bred Heyman did all that was asked of him in finishing 0.75sec ahead of Norway's Geir Gulliksen on Alex H. Third was Andrew Davies on Into Favour, one of the horses that the Welshman is riding so successfully for David Broome's stable.Reuse content