Steven Franks is best Brit in the grand prix in Mijas


Steven Franks was best Brit in the Costa del Sol Tour’s concluding Master 1.45m grand prix, carrying world ranking points, taking seventh place on Brutus III in Mijas. A challenging track with a tight time allowed realised only eight initial clears from a startlist of 41, and these were joined by five carrying one time fault apiece for a 13-horse decider.

James Smith represented one of the clears on Tyson Uno, but their luck ran out in round two and they came home on eight faults to drop to ninth place. And although Steven managed to leave all the fences intact in round two, his clean sheet was marred by another time fault on the Billy Congo 10-year-old Brutus for seventh place.

The Netherlands’ on-form Doron Kuipers claimed victory on the 10-year-old Blackberry, beating Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer with PSG Future. Alex Gill posted five faults for 19th on Billy Onslow and Lucy Townley returned six faults on Billy Buckingham.

Steven also featured in the Master 1.40m, jumping into third on the Cruising 18-year-old Carlow Cruiser, just 0.20 sec away from the winning spot. Laura Robinson and the Lando 12-year-old Jonti claimed fifth in the hotly-competitive class, where just 1.20 sec separated the top eight. Adrian Whiteway took sixth on Anyway II and Max Routledge was just one hundredth a second behind on Carus Royale for seventh. James Smith and Bolton Gate Ben finished ninth and Laura brought second ride Lombelle into 14th, also with a double clear.

Richard Howley laid claim to yet another win on this tour, taking the Master 1.30m aboard the Balou Du Rouet 10-year-old Westpoint Baros by 1.05 sec. Max Routledge guided Firkov Du Rouet, a Baloubet Du Rouet six-year-old, into third 1.74 sec behind Richard, and Alex Gill lined up fourth on Billy Salsa. Laura Robinson jumped Rearcross Quality Cruize into sixth with William Funnell eighth on Billy In Fashion and James Smith 12th on Just Max.

Richard also took fifth on the Vaillant eight-year-old Dienna, 1.26 sec behind the winner in the Premium 1.40m. Richard was nothing but consistent, he was also fifth on the eight-year-old Notis Me in the Premium 1.30m speed. Honor Draycott on Lux De Lux finished in 20th place.

Julie Slade eased Billy GoGo into second in the 1.20m, 1.30 sec behind the pace, and Victoria Hewson took fourth on Sparco with Nadine Brewer 10th on Bling. Four faults in round two dropped Lara Whiteway down to 17th on Cavalia WH.

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