Brits are out in force in Oliva Nova
Ellen Whitaker scored a handsome win in the Gold 2* 1.40m aboard the 11-year-old Virginia IV, a Centauer Z 11-year-old, winning by 1.03 sec. Abbe Elliott and Wilandri E eased into sixth spot in the hard-fought, 55-strong class.
Tony French and the Converter/Concorde eight-year-old Kinsale Houdini claimed second in the 2* Gold tour 1.35m speed, finishing one sec behind the pace. Abbe Elliott took fifth with Booming Blue Z, a Berlin/Carthago Z eight-year-old. Anthony Condon and Arla claimed ninth.
Richard Barton and the consistent Donata – third in the HOYS Foxhunter and grade C finals – finished a creditable fourth in the Gold 2* 1.45m speed, two and a half sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Alexander Butler on Hallowberry Cruz. British-based Irishman Anthony Condon brought Kat Taylor’s Oklund 10-year-old Balzac into fifth. Chad Fellows jumped a steadier clear on Beat Me for eighth in the 69-strong class.
Brits filled the top two in the Silver 1* 1.25m two-phase, Dom Webb taking the win on the Berlin/Topas 11-year-old Archie by two sec from Heather Larson and Whitney XI. Abbe Elliott took seventh on Javas KP.
Alice Watson claimed second in the Silver 1* 1.35m on E Pilotta, a Baloubet Du Rouet/Pilot seven-year-old, 1.58 sec behind the winner. James Wilson was fifth on Victor with Chloe Winchester in sixth on ES Hazel. Heather Larson took ninth on Townhead Imagine De Muze and Damian Charles claimed 13th with Don Gouan.
Romilly Simmons scored victory in the Bronze 1* 1.30m on the eight-year-old Clover Echo mare Annaghmore Dolce, winning with more than a sec in hand. Daniella Mattock took fourth aboard the 14-year-old Obos Quality mare Obbie Kanoby and Richard Jenkinson eased Culto into sixth. Joanne Whitaker was seventh on Contendro Star, Victoria Bennett took 10th on Raphoe Ella and Lily Beveridge was 11th on Taima. Sophie Bennett took 18th with Kanga Rouge.
Brits filled three of the top five places in the Bronze 1* 1.15m. Joss Williams took second on the Lux Z/Coolcorran Cool Diamond six-year-old Folds Lord Lux with Drew Coogan close behind in third on Bachelor K and Joe Veitch in fifth on Art Candy. Romilly was 10th on Rukkato.
Tom Hollins eased the Irish 12-year-old How About Now into third in Bronze 1* 1.25m speed, almost four sec behind the pace. Joe Veitch took sixth with Sweet Shutterfly, Joanne Whitaker clamed 10th on Mill River and Kayleigh Watts took 14th on Colton Playtime and 16th with Kondy.
Felix McCartney claimed fifth and sixth places in the Bronze 1* 1.40m speed with Chintan Z and Fortune Forever 2. Richard Jenkinson took 12 th on Adorette W.
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