Alice Watson is top Brit in Oliva Nova

Alice Watson and Billy Lemon laid claim to the Gold 1.40m in speedy style on the MEY Autumn tour in Oliva Nova, the Cevin Z/Andretti 11-year-old mare jumping into the top spot by an impressive by 2.55 sec. Brits filled the top two places here, with Chloe Aston in second on the Catoki/Concept nine-year-old and Remy Ellis jumping into third with Warendorf, a Padinus/Burggraaf 13-year-old she has produced from discovery. David Simpson jumped an easy clear on Grafit for 27th place in the 83-strong class.

The speedy on-from partnership of Chloe Aston and Amigo T claimed the Gold 1.35m speed by 1.71 sec, marking their fifth win on the Autumn MET tour.

“He just loves first places,” said Chloe on her ultra-consistent Padinus 11-year-old.

Louise Whitaker took fourth on Team Harmony’s Kannan 10-year-old Cleopatra with Ben Raistrick hot on her heels for fifth with Qashqai Van Het Veldehof. Jumping steadier clears was David Simpson in 14th on Polystar, Heather Larson taking 15th on Townhead Imagine De Muze and Graham Gillespie, 19th with Skyfall. Fast four-faulters included Abbe Elliott on Casti Aneira in 24th, Ellen Whitaker 25th with Iroko VD Brouwershoeve and Maja Burnell on Crona CR in 26th.

Louise Simpson again came to the fore in the seven-year-old, winning the grand prix by 0.86 sec on Jaffar De Bourguignon. Ireland filled the next six places, with Louise’s husband David in fourth on new ride The Jeweller, a Valentino gelding. Tim Wilks was seventh aboard Jezebel with David and second ride California 19 in eighth. Chloe Aston took 15th with Cornado’s Boy RC.

And Louise almost made it two! She took second in the Gold 1.30m accumulator on the Vaillant eight-year-old Liberty 348, three and half sec behind the winner.Abbe Elliott took fifth on Booming Blue Z with Ben Raistrick and Benevita in eighth – all providing maximum scores.

Ashley Ray took a commanding stance in the Siler 1* 1.25m, lifting the top two places with the Quite Easy nine-year-old Quite A Flower and the selle Francais 12-year-old Quattro d’Ete. More than one and half sec separated the two and Quattro proved faster by three quarters of a second to the nearest rival.

Katie Gygax claimed sixth on Vigo Mail, a selle Francais seven-year-old with Quality Touch/Fergar Mail bloodlines, with Joe Veitch in ninth on Sweet Shutterfly, an Oldenburg nine-year-old by Sir Shutterfly, and Heather Larson 10th on the Coriano 10-year-old Whitney XI.

Taisie de Gruchy netted third in the Silver 1* 1.35m speed on the Lupicor seven-year-old Hoodshill First Look, finishing 2.43 sec behind the winner. Louise Whitaker jumped the selle Francias eight-year-old Udget Du Rozel into fifth and Jess Dimmock took seventh with the Cevin Z eight-year-old Billy Anderson.

Jessica Crosby triumphed in the five-year-old grand prix on the consistent Harvey, winning by almost two and half sec. Tom Hollins and Tavera took fourth with Shane O’Reilly on Oakingham Stud’s bigstar Derick in sixth and Remy Ellis eighth on Good Friends. Also posting double clears was Anna Wilks, in 11th on l’Artiste de Toxandra, Scott Diffey 12th on Caltero and Eloise Guy taking 15th on Gigidermie PP. Fast four-faulters in the jump-off, Carmen Edwards was 17th and 18th on Twinning Hill and Candy Blue with Andrew Saether aboard Baika De l’Abbaye 19th.

Graham Gillespie slotted the home-bred mare Calvaro’s Up To Date (Calvaro Z/Up To Date) into fourth in a fast, hotly competitive six-year-old grand prix. Anthony Condon claimed seventh on Friso with Antonio Marinas Soto ninth on Faya Sao Miguel Tony French in 11th on Cassius XI and Louise Whitaker 12th aboard Special Warrior – all jumping double clear.

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