Holly Smith hits immediate form in Oliva Nova

After the inclement weather at Oliva Nova cancelling Thursday’s competitions, jumping got back underway on week one at the MET Spring tour I with the older horses getting their first chance in the ring.

Holly Smith soon hit form, galloping into second spot in the world ranking 1.45m on the big-jumping Quality Old Joker. The pair faced tough opposition, and finished 0.88 sec behind the winner, France’s speedy Julien Epaillard and Cristallo A LM. A total of 22 posted double clears, with Jemma Kirk taking sixth on Quelisto. Ireland’s David Simpson and Chessy 17 were just behind for seventh and fellow Irishman Trevor Breen took 10th on Bombay. Emma Stoker and Townhead Tallulah finished 14th and Dan Neilson took 18th on Newton Nickel just ahead of Jay Buxton’s Strides Hilanasterne in 19th.

In their opening class, Jemma Kirk slotted Tchoupi Pironniere into second in the gold 1.40m speed. The l’Amour du Bois 10-year-old jumped an easy round to finish almost four sec behind the winner, France’s Nicolas Deseuzes on Razia des Sables. Emma Stoker jumped into seventh with Townhead Campus, a Cartoon/Grand Canyon 12-year-old, and Ireland’s Trevor Breen jumped into 13th on the 10-year-old Danique.

Also posting steady clears was Jay Buxton in 15th with Sekhmet de Keralys, Alex Rident, in 21st aboard Ucello Massuere and Holly Smith’s Lammy Beach, in 25th. Cressy Neads (Elton II) and David Simpson (Keoki) finished on one time fault apiece.

David guided the Stalypso/Contendro I 11-year-old Starfighter into seventh in the 1.35m speed with a steady clear to finish 10 sec behind the winner. Anna Power slotted close behind with the eight-year-old Edison V and Alex Rident jumped into 14th aboard the nine-year-old mare Come Back. Jay Buxton was was also clear with High Offley Arturos Catch to take 22nd.

Ben Raistrick eased the Clavados 17-year-old Top Limit into third in the silver 1.25m, 2.41 sec in arrears. Holly Smith claimed seventh on the Luidam/Cruising seven-year-old CSF Olympic Lady and Jemma Kirk was 13th on Unisson des Saules. David eased The Jeweller into 16th and also took 24th on Leen, Anna Power was 19th on Fix Date and also jumping double clear was Holly and second ride Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill and Grace Turnbull’s Rolo Tomasi.

Leonne George topped the bronze 1.10m with the 14-year-old I Candy II, taking victory by an impressive 4.54 sec. Caroline Breen finished fifth with Zooey and Emily Richardson took ninth on Altaira. Ethan Bracken took 11th and 12th with a clear on Salento and one time fault aboard Kraque Boom HR. On four faults, Caroline took 13th with second ride Ilka II, Sophie Bennett was 14th on Cirmosa and Aled Harding claimed 18th on F. Luckyboy d’Hotot.

Anja Jackson finished in ninth spot on the 10-year-old No Time in the bronze 1.20m speed. Victoria Bennett finished 11th with Raphoe Ella and Anja on second ride Liberty 248 in 12th. Aled Harding was also clear aboard Foss for 20th spot.

Bethanie Knight took eighth on Quenotte in the bronze 1.30m speed with a steady clear. Sophie Bennett was a fast four on Kanga Rouge for 12th with Victoria Bennett in 15th on Brandon.

Giving her horses an easy first trip with steady clears, Emma Stoker finished 14th and 15 th in the silver 1.25m on Shelby 12 and Dieg’Eau de Villee with Trevor Breen in 19th on Enterprise. Cressy Neads finished on two time faults with Townhead Chinton.

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