Holly wins the big one in Oliva Nova

Holly Smith saved the best until last. She had frustratingly taken second in two 1.45m classes earlier in the week, but Quality Old Joker pulled it out of the bag in Oliva Nova’s 1.45m grand prix on the MET Spring tour.

Eleven of the 52 starters jumped initial clears with Holly and the rangy Obos Quality nine-year-old securing by a slender 0.17 sec. Ireland’s Alex Duffy slotted WCE Cruco into second and fellow Irishman David Simpson and Chessy 17 eased into fourth spot behind Italy’s Emanuele Bianchion Zycalin W.

Brits dominated the lower places with Tim Wilks on Quelbora Merze in fifth just ahead of Emma Stoker, sixth on Townhead Tallulah V. Jemma Kirk stood in seventh place with Quelisto, Louise Simpson took eighth on Grafit and Anna Power was also double clear to claim ninth aboard Blazer B. And Trevor Breen took 10th on Bombay with clear and four.

David was in the money in the gold 1.35m speed, taking victory aboard the Stalypso/Contendro I 11-year-old Starfighter with a second in hand. Dan Neilson jumped into second on the Casall/Quinar eight-year-old Cirrus with Jay Buxton claiming fourth on High Offleys Arturos Catch – an Arturo 8 14-year-old bred in Britain by Pat Morris. Louise Simpson (Jaffar de Bourguignon) and Emma Stoker (Shelby 12) both returned on four faults for 15th and 18th respectively.

Alex Rident finished second in the gold 1.30m with the nine-year-old mare Come Back, 0.86 sec behind the winner, France’s Nicolas Deseuzes on Ulloa de Trefle. Emma Stoker and Townhead Ballulah took sixth with Jay Buxton and Sekhment de Keralys eighth, Holly Smith on Elore ninth and Anna Power in 12th on Chesterfield Z.

British-based South African Genene Burnett eased the Quasimodo Z 11-year-old Bellisimo into second in the bronze 1.40m, 3.36 sec behind the pace. Anja Jackson took ninth with Liberty 348.

In the bronze 1.25m speed, Stacy Willsone posted a steady clear for fourth on Alsager, and Emily Richardson jumped double clear for ninth in the bronze 1.15m with Altaira. One time fault marred the rounds of Caroline Breen (Zooey) and Ethan Bracken (Kraque Boom HR) and they finished 13th and 14th.

Victoria Bennett posted a double clear on Raphoe Ella to take ninth in the bronze 1.30m. Anja Jackson (No Time) and Aled Harding (Foss) jumped for clear and four and 17th and 18th places.

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