Louise Simpson makes it a double in Spain

Louise Simpson hit top form on the MET Spring tour week II as the sunshine returned to Oliva Nova and clocked up a double of victories. She headed the gold 1.35m speed on the speedy Nonstop 12-year-old Fiona V/H Lemmenshof with 0.77 sec to spare over France’s Aldrick Cheronnet on U-Cantis. Holly Smith eased Elore into a close third with Jemma Kirk and Tchoupi Pinronniere in fourth.

Louise’s husband David slotted Starfighter into fifth while Anna Power opted for a steady round on Blazer B for 14th place. Jay Buxton (Sekhmet de Keralys) and Dan Neilson (Cirrus) also jumped clear but finished down the line.

Louise also topped the gold 1.30m accumulator, jumping into the top spot by 1.83 sec with Jaffar de Bouguignon, a Lord Z/Darco eight-year-old. Ben Raistrick claimed fifth on the 11-year-old mare Benevita almost five sec behind Louise. Also posting maximum points but taking steadier routes was Holly Smith (Lammy Beach), Cressy Neads (Chinta van Geluut Z), Anna Wilks (Elizabeth), Tim Wilks (Une de Printemps) and Dan Neilson (Major Delacour) to finish 20th, 21st, 22nd 26th and 28th.

Emma Stoker was best Brit in the 1.45m grand prix with 12th place on Bob Young’s Tabasco la Silla 12 –year-old Townhead Tallulah V. Nineteen of the 52 starters jumped initial clears, with Emma posting four faults in the jump-off to drop down the line. Germany’s Marc Bettinger claimed the win on Barino.

Brits netted three out of the top four in the bronze 1.30m with Bethanie Knight and the Casall seven-year-old Cassalfino taking victory by just 0.17 sec over fellow Brit Anja Jackson with the nine-year-old Vailliant daughter Liberty 348. Victoria Bennett was fourth aboard the 11-year-old Brandon. Jumping for clear and four was Aled Harding, in 16th on Foss, Gemma Wright taking 19th on Ulrike van Overis Z and Anja on second ride No Time in 26th place.

Bethanie also claimed eighth in the bronze 1.40m on the Quasimodo nine-year-old Quenotte with Sophie Bennett and Kanga Rouge taking 10th spot, both with steady clears.

Eighteen six-year-olds jumped clear to share first place, including Brits Ben Raistrick on Gezellig (Wietvot/Tjungske), Emma Stoker with Quatinka (Quaid/Perigueux) and Shariva (Stolzenberg/Raphael) and Anna Wilks on L.Primero di Gala (Toulon/Calato) and Irishman Trevor Breen with Zilton SI Z (Zirocco Blue VDL/Indoctro) and Get Off (Numero Uno/Indoctro) and David Simpson aboard Diarados Black Diamond (Diarado/Glorial). Louise Simpson on Felix X (CS Online/Landadel) and Conor Moore with Shine (Billy Congo/Zeoliet) were two of 27 jumping clear in the seven-year-olds for equal first. Providing clears in the five-year-old was Ben Raistrick with Hessel and Heaven Can Wait E, Emma Stoker on Grand Stakkato and David Simpson on Meadly.

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