Holly Smith again has to settle for second in Oliva Nova

It seems the Brits are destined to be second in the major 1.45m classes this week at Oliva Nova. Jemma Kirk was second on Friday and two days earlier, Holly Smith was second on Quality Old Joker. On Saturday, Holly again had to settle for the runner-up slot, on this occasion riding Lammy Beach.

Only seven of the 31 starters realised round one clears to access the jump-off, with Holly and the Beach Ball/Coevers Diamond Boy nine-year-old Lammy Beach conceding to second behind France’s Nicolas Deseuzes on Topaze Latour. Dan Neilson returned the steadiest of the double clears on Major Delacour for sixth spot with Louise Simpson returning on four faults with Fiona VH Lemmenshof to take seventh spot. Jay Buxton and High Offleys Arturos Catch came home on four in round one for 14th place.

Anna Power flew into the top spot with more than a second in hand in the Gold 1.30m speed on the Chippendale/Caletto I 11-year-old Chesterfield Z. It marked their second win this week - the pair headed Thursday's gold tour 1.30m.

Trevor Breen posted an easy double clear on the Lord Z/Bon Ami nine-year-old Bombay for 12th spot in the gold 1.35m. Dan Neilson returned one time fault in the second phase with Newton Nickel to take 14th. On four faults in round two was Jay Buxton, 17th on Sekhmet de Keralys, Louise Simpson in 18th with Jaffar de Bourguignon and Holly Smith’s Elore in 20th.

Louise guided the Couterro U 10-year-old Berlin into third in the silver 1.30m, 2.44 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Marc Bettinger on Delvecchio. Emma Stoker slotted the eight-year-old Miss Moneypenny into fourthand British-based South African Genene Burnett took eighth on Vanda Caviar. Leonne George with Katinka finished ninth and Anna Power was also clear on Fix Date for 11th spot. Holly Smith posted a steadier time aboard the seven-year-old Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill and Anna Wilks with Cazapiloko finished on one time fault.

The usual suspects finished at the top in the silver 1.40m, France’s Julien Epaillard taking victory on Usual Suspect d’Auge from Germany’s Marc Bettinger and Incroyable de Muze. Tim Wilks was more than three sec off the pace for fourth on Cooper, a Viento Uno W/Voltaire 10-year-old. Trevor Breen and Enterprise finished eighth with Emma Stoker also posting double clear on Dieg’Eau de Villee for 10th.

Bethanie Knight jumped into fifth in the bronze 1.40m on the Casall seven-year-old Cassalfino with Gemma Wright picking up eighth on Ulrike van Overis Z and Genene in 11th on Vanda Versace. Anja and Liberty 348 posted four faults in round one for 14th place.

Millie Mason claimed ninth in the bronze 1.30m speed on Paladin de Laume with Aled Harding in 10th aboard Foss and Anja Jackson taking 13th on No Time, both returning four faults.

In the bronze 1.25m, Leonne took ninth with I Candy II, four faults meaning they dropped down the line from a possible win. Caroline Breen slotted Ilka II into 12th, Stacey Willsone and Alsager took 14th and Sophie Bennett’s Cirmosa finished in 15th.

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