Jemma Kirk is back in winning form in Oliva Nova

Jemma Kirk got straight back into competition after a fall in the sea resulted in a hasty visit to the dentist and claimed victory in the gold 1.40m speed on the MET II Spring tour, Oliva Nova. Only 0.19 sec separated Jemma and Carbani, a Carolus II/Baloubet du Rouet 11-year-old, from second-placed France’s Thierry Rozier on Ifinari ter Dolan, but it was good enough to win.

Ireland’s Roger McCrea riding for Oakingham Stud brought the Laptop/Irco Mena 10-year-old Sweet Cinnamon into fifth. Scott Brash and Cademuir jumped round for two time faults.

Dan Neilson was best Brit in the gold 1.45m, with a double clear and eighth on the Wolfgang/Indoctro 13-year-old Newton Nickel in a hotly contended class. Only 1.08 sec separated them from the winning round. Unusually, victory was shared with a dead-heat time, Ireland’s Ivan Dalton and Umano des Dragons sharing the top spot with France’s Guillaume Foutrier on Tchin de la Tour. Azerbaijan’s Jamal Rahimov claimed fifth with Warrior – a Tangelo van De Zuuthoeve/Heartbreaker 14-year-old stallion produced in Britain for Brendon Stud by Louise Simpson and Shane Breen.Louise finished on clear and four here with Grafit to drop down the order and Jemma Kirk posted a total of seven on Quelisto.

Louise was in form in the silver 1.25m, claiming second on the Couterro/Wolfgang 10-year-old Berlin in the 84-strong class. They finished 0.77 sec behind the winner, Austria’s Romana Hartl on Chap B. Ashley Ray slotted into fourth on Quattro d’Ete and also claimed eight aboard Quite a Flower. Also double clear was Alexandra Somerville-Cotton (Promise), Shane O’Reilly (Connor VIII), Mackenzie Ray (Valse de Boguin) and Roger McCrea aboard Casalle Z and Davinci van de Bosrand Z. Shane O’Reilly jumped into fifth in the gold 1.35m on the Indoctro 14-year-old Witro, more than eight sec behind the pace. Dan Neilson picked up one time fault on Cirrus.

Lucinda Roche – based in Britain and riding for Ireland and pictured on WCE Falco – topped the bronze 1.20m on the Darco/Gold Sky 10-year-old Hebe Van’t Palmenhof. They were quick, winning by a handsome 3.74 sec in the 97-strong class. Millie Mason netted 12th on Darc Ory and Alexandra Somerville-Cotton claimed 13th on Candela 27. Also jumping clear was Ashley Ray with Care For and Anis de la Piece and Caroline Breen with Ilka II and Zooey.

And Lucinda also slotted WCE Falco into second in the bronze 1.40m, three sec behind the winner, Germany’s Michael Wittischier and Galaxy HS.

Jumping steady clears in the silver 1.35m speed was Scott Brash on Hello Mr President and Hello Senator for 12th and 27th, George Whitaker with Cavas Toftegard for 14th and Trevor Breen, 29th on Enterprise.

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