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Whitaker takes a tumble

Olympic showjumper John Whitaker has walked away from a nasty fall from Sultano while he was competing in the Estoril grand prix recently.

A record-breaking 23 riders went clear in the first round of the competition, but following on from this, Frank Rothenberger's second round course caused considerably more problems, with both John and Ireland's Cian O'Connor falling from their horses during the course.

Britain's Tim Gredley with Omelli and Ben Maher on Robin Hood both produced four-fault rounds, while only four riders managed to produce double clears. The remaining British rider, Robert Whitaker, finished on eight faults with Casino.

Daniel Etter went first in the jump-off but Admirable had a disasterous start, bringing down three of the first seven fences! Leopold Van Asten (VDL Groep Santana B) produced an excellent clear from second draw, putting the pressure on Clarissa Crotta (Westside V- Meerputhoeve), who had one rail, and Luciana Diniz, who picked up eight faults with As-taro.

"This is an expensive sport and I can certainly use this week's winnings (around _150,000) on the yard," said Leopold Van Asten, enthusiastically.