Jemma Kirk is best Brit in Oliva Nova's world ranking grand prix


Jemma Kirk was best Brit in the world ranking 1.45m grand prix on the MET II Spring tour at Oliva Nova with the selle Francais 13-year-old Quelisto.

A big field of 23 accessed the jump-off from 57 starters for a hotly-contended jump-off, but a rail on the floor proved costly and dropped Jemma from a potential equal second – she dead-heated with France’s Harold Boisset’s time on Quolita Z – to ninth. France filled the top three places, with Guillaume Foutrier taking victory on Tchin de la Tour by 0.82 sec and Thierry Rozier in third on Venezia D Ecaussines.

Ireland’s David Simpson was the fastest four with Starfighter for 24th and also posting a round one four faults was Dan Neilson (Newton Nickel) and Trevor Breen (Bombay).

Scott Brash guided Cademuir into fifth in the gold 1.35m, the Sebastian III/Concorde eight-year-old into a double clear to finish 4.14 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Philip Carey and CTS Peanuts. Dan Neilson eased the Casall eight-year-old Cirrus into sixth. Jemma Kirk posted clear and four for 17th on Tchoupi Pironniere and Trevor Breen returned similar results on Danique.

In the gold 1.30m speed, Shane O’Reilly guided Oakingham Stud’s Indoctro 14-year-old Witro into third 1.37 sec behind the pace. David Simpson guided Gicco into eighth. Jumping for four faults was Roger McCrea (Jazz’Men de Septon), Louise Simpson (Jaffar de Bourguignon), Genene Burnett (Vanda Caviar) and Dan Neilson (Major Delacour).

Ashley Ray jumped a steady clear on Care For in the bronze 1.30m to take 11th with Millie Mason in 16th on Darc Ory. Anja Jackson was also clear on Liberty 348.

Four faults in round one dropped Lucinda Roche and WCE Falco down to 14th in the bronze 1.40m, and Caroline Breen jumped a steady clear on Ilka II in the bronze 1.25m.

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