Holly Smith comes close to taking Oliva's major class of the day

It was a good but frustrating day for Holly Smith on the MET Spring tour week II in Oliva Nova. She was twice denied victory and had to settle for second place, including in the major class of the day, the world ranking gold 1.45m speed, with the super-consistent Quality Old Joker.

The rangy Obos Quality nine-year-old answered Holly’s every call and has easily stepped up to this level, taking second to France’s Benjamin Robert on Unfinity Bois Margot by 1.82 sec. Emma Stoker popped the Cartoon 12-year-old Townhead Campus into eighth with Jemma Kirk 10th aboard Carbani and also jumping clear was Anna Power, in 11th on Crack van Overis Z. Four faults dropped Louise Simpson and Fiona V/H Lemmenshof from second to 15th and Jay Buxton also finished on four with High Offley Arturos Catch for 21st place.

And Holly again had to concede a win in the silver 1.35m, taking second on the Luidam/Cruising seven-year-old CSF Olympic Lady, finishing 0.74 sec behind Germany’s Marc Bettinger and Delevicchio. Emma Stoker took 11th on Dieg’Eau de Villee with Anna Wilks (Elizabeth) and her brother Tim (Cooper) alongside Holly on second ride Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill also jumping double clear for 16th, 18th and 19th.

British-based Irishman David Simpson snatched victory in the 1.40m with the Stalypso/Contendro I 11-year-old Starfighter, winning by 0.64 sec. Anna Power jumped an easy round on Blazer B, pleased with his warm-up round for Sunday’s grand prix after the Tombola 11-year-old returned from his winter break. Holly Smith slotted the Beach Ball nine-year-old Lammy Beach into seventh and Alex Rident took 12th on Come Back. Also clear was Cressy Neads on Elton II for 24th and and Trevor Breen (Escapade H) took 30th position. Tim Wilks (Jezebel) returned one time fault and Dan Neilson (Majore Delacour) came home on three.

Anna Power jumped to the top in the gold 1.30m speed aboard the Chippendale Z/Sir Caletto 11-year-old Chesterfield Z with 1.54 sec in hand.

“He enjoyed a smaller class today after a busy winter,” said Anna.

Ben Raistrick eased the 11-year-old mare Benevita into third, David Simpson took 10th on Gicco and Dan Neilson was also clear on Cirrus for 16th. Cressy Neads (Chinta van Geluut Z) and Tim Wilks (Une de Printemps) completed on two faults apiece.

Ben headed the silver 1.25m speed with Dan Wright’s 17-year-old Top Limit, winning by a commanding three and a half sec. Jemma Kirk was third with the selle Francais 11-year-old Unisson des Saules. Anna Wilks (Cazapiloko) and David Simpson (Leen) both jumped easy clears to pick up one time fault each.

Brits filled the top three places in the six-year-old, with Louise Simpson in the top spot on the Warrior daughter Miami 19, finishing with almost two sec to spare. Anna Wilks jumped into second on L. Primero di Gala and Emma Stoker guided Shariva into third. David Simpson was also double clear with Diarados Black Diamond fof fifth and Emma aboard second ride Cool Cash took ninth with clear and four. Trevor Breen was right behind in 10th on Get Off and also finished 16th with Zilton SI Z, Ben Raistrick was 12th on Cool Boy and Tim Wilks filled 13th spot aboard Glory Warrior.

Ben was best Brit in the five-year-old, taking third with Hessel four sec behind the winner, and sixth on Heaven Can Wait E. Emma Stoker jumped double clear to guide Townhead Stakkato into eighth and Tim Wilks (Elton van het Exelhof Z) picked up a time fault in the second phase for 10th. David Simpson on Meadly and Sophie Bennett with Tall Hot Blonde both jumped for four faults over the two rounds.

It didn’t go the Brits way in the seven-year-old and Emma Stoker (Pembroke 3), Louise Simpson (Felix X) and Conor Moore (Shine) all returned four faults for 13th, 14th and 16th respectively. Germany’s Marc Bettinger was again in winning for for victory on Celina IX.

Photos © Jumping Around & Matthew Power