Trevor Breen is in the money in Oliva Nova

Trevor Breen landed third in the gold 1.45m speed on the first day for the older horses on the MET II Spring tour in Oliva Nova. He rode the Lord Z/Bon Ami 10-year-old mare into a quick clear to finish 1.68 sec behind the winner, France’s Harold Biosset and T’Obetty du Domaine.

Louise Simpson had set a blistering pace on the 12-year-old Fiona V/H Lemmenshof and the time was good enough to win, but a rail on the floor dropped them to 21st. Louise’s husband David followed the same track with similar results on Starfighter to finish just behind and take 22nd.

Ireland took the lion’s share of victories on Thursday, Thomas Ryan claiming the 1.40m on Quatano CH. Jemma Kirk eased the 10-year-old Tchoupi Pironniere, finishing 0.81 sec behind. British-based South African Charles Luyckx jumped into sixth on Cicero II and Trevor Breen claimed 11th aboard Danique. Scott Brash posted a steady double clear on the Sebastian III/Concorde eight-year-old Cademuir for 17th and Dan Neilson came home on just one time fault with Newton Nickel.

Charles Luyckx topped the silver 1.25m speed on the 14-year-old Pepito d’Arsain, winning by 0.65 sec. Louise Simpson slotted the Couterro 10-year-old Berlin into second with Ashley Ray posting a steadier clear for 10th on Quattro d’Ete. Alexandra Somerville-Cotton took 14th on Promise and and Mackenzie Ray was also clear with Vale de Boguin and Assouan alongside Shane O’Reilly on Elvira in the 97-strong class.

Mackenzie jumped into sixth in the five-year-old with the Arezzo VDL gelding Herewego GR with a double clear 4.48 sec behind the winner. Shane had three in it, finishing on one time fault with Milando, Phoebe picked up four faults and Oakingham Kandinsky returned six.

Steady clears were the order of the day in the gold 1.30m speed – and achieving their aim on their first run at MET II was George Whitaker on Izar LB, David Simpson’s Gicco, Jemma Kirk with Quelisto, Scott Brash on Hello Sanctos and Trevor Breen aboard Escapade H. Roger McCrea on Sweet Cinnamon and Reece Oliver’s Chacco Boy returned on one time fault.

Louise Simpson slotted ther Warrior daughter Miami 19 into fifth in the six-year-old, 2.11 sec behind the winner in the second phase. Shane O’Reilly was 11th on Belga du Thot and also double clear was Reece Oliver, 17th on Lingala, David Simpson in 21st aboard Diarados Black Diamond and fellow Irishmen Trevor Breen’s Get Off in 23rd and Roger McCrea, 30th with Di Caprio. Ireland’s Kenneth Graham won here on Newmarket Trooper.

And Kenneth doubled up in the seven-year-old on Beir Bua. Louise was 0.69 sec behind for third on Felix X. Also returning double clears was Reece Oliver’s Coalition in 16th, Trevor Breen in 21st on Feliano B and David Simpson with Finn W in 26th.

In the silver 1.35m speed, Sarah Lewis took eighth on the Creevagh Ferro 10-year-old Doonaveragh Emma with British-based South African Genene Burnett slotting Vanda Versace just behind in ninth. George Whitaker was also clear on the impressive Carano 10-year-old Cavas Toftegard.

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