Richard Howley is just a fraction away from winning the grand prix in Mijas

Richard Howley has enjoyed mega success on the Costa del Sol tour, Mijas, but his reign was cut short in 1.45m world ranking grand prix, and he had to settle for second place on Chinook III. However, he put in a supreme effort, and it is no disgrace to be beaten by Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer on PSG Future, and just 0.07 sec separated the two.

Only 10 of the 52 starters accessed the jump-off and Lucy Townley was most unlucky not to join them, one time fault preventing her and the eight-year-old Billy Buckingham from tackling the second round, putting them 11th. Lara Whiteway claimed 13th with four faults in round one on VDL Alitta and Peter Charles was 15th on Stapleton Mist, just ahead of Steven Franks in 16th on Brutus III.

Steven was in winning form in the Master 1.40m, taking the two-phase class by 0.14 sec on the Diamant De Semilly 12-year-old Abdul Aziz. Richard Howley again had to settle for second, on this occasion on the Clarimo-sired Calmond. James Smith guided Tyson Uno into fourth with Steven Franks and Carlow Cruiser in eighth. Harry Charles jumped a steadier double clear for 17th on Connection and Richard – living up to his speed merchant reputation – produced the fastest time of the class with Carpe Diem Z, but a costly rail dropped them to 21st.

Never a quitter, Richard finally gained a win in the Premium 1.40m, taking the win by more than two sec on the Vaillant eight-year-old Dienna over the Netherlands’ Johnny Pals on Captain Cooper. Morgan Kent took fourth on Westpoint Baros, a Balou Du Rouet 10-year-old, and also claimed 10th with one time fault in the first round on Notis Me. Laura Robinson returned four faults for 15th on Rearcross Quality Cruize.

Lara Whiteway triumphed in the Premium 1.20m on the Indoctro nine-year-old Cavalia WH, winning by an impressive 2.29 sec. Julie Slade jumped a double clear for 10th on Billy Angelo and Sky Klein finished eighth in the 1.10m on Heavy C.

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