Anthony Condon and Louise Whitaker feature in Oliva Nova's big class of the day
British-based Irishman Anthony Condon slotted Balzac into fourth in the top-billed Gold tour 2* 1.45m on the MET Autumn tour in Oliva Nova, Spain. A total of 77 participated in this hard-fought speed class, won by the USA’s Reed Kessler aboard Cos I Can, the Olympic Lux/Harlequin Du Carel 13-year-old produced in Britain by Shane Breen. Anthony was three sec behind the winner.
Louise Whitaker was hot on his heels in fifth on Di Lampard’s home-bred Balou Du Rouet daughter Ruby VIII. Richard Barton stepped up Donata to this level to take eighth with Dom Webb and Whin Whin in 10th. Richard’s daughter Alison was also in the mix, taking 15th on Roma IV. David Simpson returned four faults on Chessy 17 to drop to 18th.
Chloe Aston continued on her winning form, topping the Gold 2* 1.40m with Cecilia, a Coronado/Caletto 13-year-old mare previously ridden by Matt Sampson. The pair took the win by 0.33 sec. Maja Burnell and Carnaval Komombo finished third 0.58 sec behind Chloe, and British-based Irishman Michael Duffy took fourth on Dominant H. David Simpson slotted Starfighter into eighth in the 85-strong speed class with Abbe Elliott 10th on Wilandri E, Louise Whitaker just behind in 11th on Usdget Du Rozel and Katie Gygax on Halloween Sitte 15th.
Abbe Elliott registered a commanding win in the Gold tour 2* 1.30m speed on the Lupicor nine-year-old Casti Aneira, winning by 2.37 sec. Alison Barton and the La Poco/Andiamo 10-year-old Billy Anna took fifth with Katie Gygax on Believe In Me eighth and Taisie de Gruchy ninth aboard Winner of Picobello Z. Shane O’Reilly claimed 12th on Uno Du Thot with Louise Simpson on Unex Chamberlain Z and Graham Gillespie with Skyfall giving their horses a quiet run out to return clear in 17th and 18th spots. David Simpson was also clear aboard Grafit.
Chloe Winchester took third in the Silver tour 1* 1.35m on ESI Hazel, a Lux Z eight-year-old, 0.74 sec in arrears.
Ben Raistrick landed the Silver tour 1* 1.25m on Dan Wright’s Calvados 16-year-old Top Limit, relegating fellow Brit Taisie de Gruchy into second on Hoodshill First Look by more than two sec. Louise Whitaker slotted Abeer II OL into sixth with Damian Charles in seventh aboard Don Gouan and Katie Gygax’s Vigo Mail in 11th. Roer McCrea and Tulipe De Baudiere finished 13th.
Louise Simpson dominated the seven-year-old, taking the top two places on the Lord Z/Darco gelding Jaffar De Bourguignon and the Ars Vivendi-sired Hello Vivendi, 1.14 sec separating the two. The nearest rival trailed in more than one and half sec behind. Louise’s husband David claimed fifth on the Valentino gelding The Jeweller with Olivia Gent in sixth aboard Lord Thuder. Felix McCartney also jumped double clear for 13th on Quintano 35.
Brits claimed five of the top six places in the five-year-old with Anna Wilks taking the top spot on the Toulon/Calato gelding L. Primero Di Gala. Jessica Crosby and Harvey was just 0.12 sec behind for second with Ireland’s Shane O’Reilly riding for Oakingham Stud in third on Belga Du Thot.
Will Edwards was sixth aboard Eclipse II and his brother Carmen netted fifth on Twinning Hill and Jess Dimmock slotted Billy Fleance into sixth. Also double clear was ninth-placed Taisie de Gruchy on Live The Life, Tom Hollins on Finnisk Castor in 12th, Shane O’Reilly in 13th aboard Bigstar Derick followed by Remy Ellis (Good Friends and Gatrona), Mackenzie Ray (Directeur), Scott Diffey (Caltero 2), Imogen Smithson (Wendy Woo) and Chloe Aston (Adonis S Z).
Louise Whitaker finished sixth in the six-year-old with Brendon Stud’s Warrior daughter Special Warrior. Anthony Condon and Friso claimed seventh with Anna Wilks on Knock Out VanT Paradijs ninth and Remy Ellis aboard Flinton CN in 14th. Conor Moore (Shine) and Graham Gillespie (Calvaro’s Up To Date) also posted double clears for 19th and 20th.
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