Louise and Fiona win the big class in Oliva Nova

After producing the fastest time earlier in the week but denied victory with a rail on the floor, Louise Simpson earned the win she so richly deserved at Oliva Nova on the MET II Spring tour. Only seven of the 45 starters accessed the feature gold 1.45m jump-off, with Louise guiding Fiona VH Lemmenshof into the top spot by a commanding 2.25 sec, the 12-year-old Nonstop daughter relishing the speed and challenge as much as Louise. They pushed Belgium’s Cyril Cools into second on Hamlet VD Donkhoeve.

Dan Neilson eased the Casall/Quinar nine-year-old Cirrus into sixth in the gold 1.35m speed, finishing three and a half sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Hendrik Denutte on Doxanne B. South Africa’s Genene Burnett took 13th on Vanda Vuitton and Scott Brash carefully guided Hello Sanctos around the track to finish on two time faults.

Trevor Breen claimed third in the silver 1.40m, almost two sec behind the winner on the eight-year-old Enterprise. Genene Burnett and Vanda Gucci took eighth with Sarah Lewis on Doonaveeragh Emma in ninth on double clears and Dan Neilson was 13th on clear and four aboard Strides Hatton’s Treasure. Scott Brash (Hello Senator) and Reece Oliver (Eagles Costalot) returned on one fault apiece in round one.

In the 98-strong silver 1.30m speed, Ashley Ray was narrowly denied victory and had to settle for second on the 10-year-old Quite Easy daughter Quite a Flower. They proved 0.77 sec in arrears of Austrian winner Romana Hartl on Chap B. Also jumping clear was South Africa’s Charles Luyckx on Pepito d’Arsain for 19th and Alexandra Somerville-Cotton, in 24th with Promise.

Sisters Ashley and Mackenzie Ray featured in the bronze 1.25m accumulator, and were again denied a win. Ashley and the Careful/For Pleasure nine-year-old Care For jumped into second, 0.64 sec behind Chile’s Carmen Novion on Toners Okeanis – an 11-year-old Okiro/Lux mare previously ridden by Britain’s Dominci Webb. And Mackenzie brought Tulipe de Baudiere into third, just 0.34 sec behind Ashley. Millie Mason took eighth on Darc Ory and also providing maximum scores was Ashley on second ride Anis de la Piece and Stacey Willsone’s Alsager.

British-based Lucinda Roche – riding for Ireland – jumped into third in the bronze 1.40m on the Cruising/Darco 12-year-old WCE Falco. They were 0.78 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Michael Wittschier and Avanti.

Jemma Kirk secured sixth in the gold 1.30m accumulator with Carbani – a winner for her the previous day. They proved five sec adrift of the winner. Genene Burnett also posted a maximum score for ninth on Vanda Caviar. A total of 24 jumped for the maximum 65 points, with Ireland’s Trevor Breen on Escapade H and David Simpson’s Starfighter taking 13th and 18th respectively.

Stephanie Sturrock took third in the bronze 1.15m aboard the selle Francais 10-year-old Unisson de Saules, 0.64 sec behind the pace. Ashley Ray and Fort Blue picked up one time fault and 18th spot. And Sarah Lewis and Benny claimed 13th in the bronze 1.30m with a double clear.

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