Philip Spivey posts a win with Monsoon Monday

At Jumping De L’X, Palaiseau Ecole Polytechnique, France, Philip Spivey and Monsoon Monday, a Montender gelding, won the seven-year-old by 0.16sec. And while his sire Romanov – a former ride for Philip – was winning in Hamburg for Bertram Allen, the 10-year-old Smirnov eased into fifth in the 2* 1.40m, two and a half sec behind the pace.

Philip also took sixth on the Contender mare Virginia 188 in the 2* 1.30m and 10 th in the 1.20m grand prix on another Romanov offspring – the seven-year-old Kasparov. Louise Morley was 20th here on Marcolas G, former HOYS Foxhunter winner for Simon Nicholson.

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