Brits are flying high in Oliva Nova taking the top two places in three classes

Brits lifted the top two places in the Met II Spring tour’s 1.40m speed in Oliva Nova, Jemma Kirk proving the quickest of 72 starters on the 10-year-old Tchoupi Pironniere with a 0.44 sec advantage over Alice Watson and the 14-year-old Aldatus Z daughter KEC Havana. Dan Neilson was also clear for ninth on Cirrus.

And Brits took a one-two in the gold 1.30m, Alice claiming victory on In the Mood van het Kriekenhof by 1.79 sec over Louise Simpson’s Jaffar de Bourguignon. Ireland’s Shane O’Reilly collected 16th place on Connor VIII and fellow Oakingham Stud rider Roger McCrea took 19th on Jazz’Men de Septon. Trevor Breen also jumped clear on Starfighter – standing in for fellow Irishman David Simpson – on team duty in Al Ain.

Another British top two was recorded in the silver 1.25m, Ashley Ray guiding the Quite Easy daughter Quite a Flower into the top spot by 0.27 sec and Louise again taking second, on this occasion riding Couterro U/Wolfgang 10-year-old Berlin. Ashley also claimed ninth on Quattro 27 with her sister Mackenzie taking 12th on Valse de Boguin. Roger McCrea picked up one time fault on Casalle Z and two faults with Anis de la Piece.

A multi-winner already, France’s Harold Boisset continued his assault in Oliva Nova, taking yet another win in the 1.45m on Qulita Z by 0.45 sec over Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen on Compadre van de Helle.

Trevor Breen was seventh in this 62-start class, almost three sec in arrears of the winning time on the 10-year-old Lord Z/Bon Ami mare Bombay. Four faults for Louise Simpson on Fiona V/H Lemmenshof dropped the pair from a possible second to 16th with fellow Brit Dan Neilson in 17th on Newton Nickel.

British based South African Genene Burnett took ninth in the silver 1.35m on Vanda Versace and Louise Simpson claimed 10th with The Jeweller. Reece Oliver (Chacco Boy) and Scott Brash (Hello Sanctos) also posted double clears while Alice Watson (E-Pilotta) and George Whitaker (Izar LB) returned clear and four.

Shane O’Reilly guided Oakingham Stud’s Mozart sdes Hayettes gelding Belga du Thot into second in the six-year-old, finishing 2.31 sec behind the winner. Shane also claimed sixth on Bigstar Derick with fellow Irishman Trevor Breen in eighth on David Simpson’s usual ride Diarados Black Diamond. Alice Watson was also double clear for 10th on Cosy W Z.

Shane also picked up places in the five-year-old, taking sixth on Milando and 11th with Phoebe. Mackenzie Ray jumped for clear and four on Herewego GR for 12th.

In the seven-year-old, one time fault marred Reece Oliver’s otherwise penalty-free rounds on Coalition to drop them to 18th, and Louise Simpson posted clear and four on Felix X for 22nd.

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