Laura Mantel immediately hits winning form in Vilamoura

Laura Mantel got the Vilamoura Atlantic tour off to a flying start, winning the seven-year-old in fine style with New Priory Stud’s Funnycan.

It was the first show back for the Zavall VDL/Monaco mare since HOYS in October, and the speedy mare got straight back into it, winning by 0.27 sec for Laura.

Brits dominated here, with Nicole Pavitt in second on Paris 16 (Don VHP Z/Quo Vadis) and fourth aboard Xena 16 (Warrior/Equador). Laura Renwick sandwiched Alothain de Blondel (Newton de Kreisker/Heartbreaker) into third. James Smith claimed sixth spot with At First d’Authuit and Emma Stoker took eighth aboard Pembroke 3 and 11th with Everton de Villee. Dan Moseley was also clear on Arrogant Un Prince for 14th and incurred one time fault aboard Flavio for 17th.

Laura Renwick siezed the top two places of the six-year-old, winning on MHS SanFrancisco (Quidam Junior/Cavalier Royale) and taking second on the home-bred Arkuga – by Arko and out of Laura’s speed mare Beluga – 1.10 sec separating the two. Brits filled 14 of the top 20 places. Emma Stoker took fifth and seventh on Cool Cash and Shariva with Chloe Aston in sixth on Flavie van de Helle. Dan Moseley (Berdenn de Kergane) was ninth, Lucy Guild (Gucci LSH) was 10th, Philip Spivey (Alicerova) took 11th, Nicole Pavitt was in 1th on Gianni HC and 15th aboard Newtonhill Monaco, Stephen Lohoar (Gizmo) claimed 13th, Sammie-Jo Coffin (Church Park Venus) took 17th ahead of Laura Mantel (Gerdien 2 van de Oldenhoff) in 18th. Laura also netted 25th with a clear on NPS Arleena, Sam Wall (Alejandro S Z) was 23rd, Lisa Hales (Genairo III van de Zeilhoek) took 24th, and on one time faults was Emily Ward (Giraldo), Stephen Lohoar (Gwendolin) and Jude Burgess (Quite Feeling).

In the five-year-old, 24 jumped clears, including Barry Dove (Hamona), Dan Moseley (Magic Quality), Vaness Jobson-Scott (Muna vd Bisschop), Jackson Reed-Stephenson (Haileys), Chloe Aston (Magic Chanti), Laura Mantel (Zacalve, Super Nova & Hauri Blue M) and Sarah Krisanda (Hartbreker GB).

Emily Ward slotted Witch into second in the 1.35m speed, finishing more than six sec behind the winner. Chloe Aston and Amigo T posted two time faults for third. Jude Burgess finished on four faults with Comeback de Fremis for seventh with Emily Mason and Top Dollar VI in 11th.

Jackson Reed-Stephenson claimed second in the 1.25m with Casparow with a steady round, finishing on one time fault. Brazil’s Cassio Rivetti was the only clear to win on Excet du Houssoit and also took third on Quarisma RC.

Twelve jumped clear in the 1.10m not against the clock to share first prize, including Philip Spivey (Luke 10) and Nicole Pavitt (Amelia 16).

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