Harry Charles is top Brit in Mijas

Harry Charles produced two cracking rounds in Mijas to take second in the Costa del Sol’s world ranking Master 1.45m grand prix with Vivaldi du Dom.

A total of 14 of the 40 starters gained access to the jump-off, with Harry riding with experience and a super-cool demeanour beyond his years to provide another clear round on the Casall sired 12-year-old Vivaldi.

Only France’s Olivier Robert could beat the time, claiming victory by 0.54 sec. William Funnell slotted the Cevin Z/Cruising eight-year-old Billy McCain into third a further half a sec behind Harry, and Jamie Gornall was also double clear on the Cassini II 12-year-old Carsten for seventh.

Finishing in a bunch with faults in the jump-off was Anna Power on clear and four for 12th on Crack van Overis Z, Max Routledge (Stapleton Mist) 13th and Peter Charles (ABC Quantum Cruise) 14th. Stacey Babes was denied a jump-off chance with one time fault in round one on Camillo VDL and Richard Howley returned on five faults with Chinook. Carron Nicol took a brick out of the wall on Jaguar VD Berghoeve and finished on six faults, the same as Pippa Funnell (Billy Onslow).

Adrian Whiteway was denied victory by the narrowest of margins in the Master 1.40m and had to settle for second place.

Riding the Nathos/Rubert R 12-year-old Anytime II, Adrian was quick and clear in the second phase of this 48-strong class, but it wasn’t quite enough and he had to concede to second by just 0.03 sec. Germany’s Ben Wulschner snatched the win on Rytters Quinton.

Lara Whiteway was also in the mix for sixth on the Karandasj 12-year-old VDL Groep Alitta with Anna Power ninth aboard Dauphin. Harry Charles posted a double clear on Rooney IV for 15th and Jamie Gornall jumped in to 20th with clear and one time fault on Christian 25.

It was a weekend of seconds for the Brits. Adrian again had to concede to the runner-up position in the Master 1.30m table C speed aboard Sharon Baldwin’s Com Air 11-year-old Cash Point. They finished just over two sec behind the Netherlands’ speedy Doron Kuipers on Diablo F. Lauren Edwards brought Carnaval Cocktail into fifth and Eloise Guy took 11th with Obora’s Gravity. Bunched together, Lara Whiteway on Bellagio was 13th, Louise Whitaker on Abeer II OL took 14th and Ben Raistrick was 15th with Benevita.

In the premium 1.40m, Ben Clark provided a double clear on Valentino for seventh with Stacey Babes slotting in immediately behind in eighth on Quilimbo. Max Routledge was the only other Brit in the jump-off for 11th on La Lou de Rouet. Posting four faults in round one was Bethanie Knight (Foss), Scarlett Charles (Sacree du Rouet) and Victoria Garfield-Bennet (Brandon).

Repeating Saturday’s win, Leonne George guided the Candidatus 14-year-old I Candy II to the top of Sunday’s 1.20m with more than two sec in hand. Pippa Funnell and the Billy Mexico eight-year-old Billy Starlet took third with Megan Broadway ninth on Curosa III and Julie Slade’s Billy Angelo just behind in 10th. Also double clear was Jessica Oaks (Oaks Vivette), Max Routledge (Centos Girl) and Aled Harding (F.Luckyboy d’Hotot).

Richard Howley claimed third in the Premium 1.30m speed on the Silverstone/Orame 10-year-old Culandro, seven sec behind the winner. Honor Draycott took fourth on the Lux Z/Clover Hill 10-year-old Lux de Lux and Anna Power stood seventh on Fix Date. Also clear was Victoria Garfield-Bennet (Raphoe Ella), Morgan Kent (Notis Me), Stacey Babes (Cazador LS) and William Funnell (Billy Manjaro).

In the Premium 1.10m, Jessica Blatchford took second with the Indoctro 10-year-old Clementienne, denied a win by 1.80 sec by the Netherlands’ Doron Kuipers on Cornville. Sanda Nicol claimed seventh on Fashion for Pleasure with clear and four. Megan Broadway (Danturano), Gemma Wright (On Board Candy) and Megan Carlton (Better Be Brave) all incurred four faults in round one.

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