James Smith narrowly misses out on a win on the Costa del Sol


James Smith just missed out on a win in the Costal del Sol’s Master 1.40m at Mijas with the Baloubet Du Rouet gelding Balibu, finishing just over a second behind the winner, Brazil’s Andre Miranda on Hemingway Van De Pade. Steven Franks claimed sixth in the 20-strong jump-off with Harry Charles and Dino just behind in seventh. Alex Gill was 11th on Billy Chatter, Peter Charles took 12th on ABC Quantum Cruise and Max Routledge also jumped double clear on Sieco for 13th. Four faults in the jump-off dropped William Funnell and Billy Cool to 18th.

Alex Gill topped the Master 1.30m speed with the Billy Mexico/Billy Congo seven-year-old Billy Salsa, winning by an impressive five sec. Jamie Gornall and the Cristo 11-year-old Cristobal 21 took third with Adrian Whiteway and new ride Cash Point in sixth with a fast four faults. Lara Whiteway was just behind in seventh on Cocos Moon River and James Smith eased Just Max into eighth.

Adrian Whiteway and the nine-year-old Cojack – bred in Scotland by Stephen Lohar – netted third in the Master 1.35m speed, almost three and a half sec behind the pace. Harry Charles and Connection finished in eighth with Emily Llewellyn on Ella VI 10th and Lara Whiteway 11th aboard Pericles.

Morgan Kent was best Brit in the Premium 1.40m, taking fifth on the Balou Du Rouet 10-year-old Westpoint Baros seven sec behind the winner.

William Funnell slotted the Billy Congo/Kannan six-year-old Billy In Fashion into seventh in the Premium 1.30m speed. Morgan jumped a steadier clear on Notis Me for 14th.

Lara Whiteway jumped into third in the Premium 1.20m on the Indoctro nine-year-old Cavalia WH just over three sec behind the pace. Julie Slade took fifth on Billy Gogo and ninth on Billy Angelo with Honor Draycott in eighth aboard Lux De Lux.

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