Louise Whitaker is on form in Mijas

Louise Whitaker jumped into second with two super rounds in the Costa del Sol tour’s Master 1.45m on Ruby VIII in Mijas.

Twenty of the 48 starters gained initial clears to access the jump-off, with Louise easing Dietmar Ackermann and Di Lampard’s home-bred Balou du Rouet 10-year-old Ruby into the runner-up position. They finished 3.48 sec in arrears of winner, France’s Olivier Robert on Victor du Reverdy.

William Funnell claimed fourth with the Vechta/Cevin Z nine-year-old Billy Fanta and Max Routledge slotted Stapleton Mist into eighth. Stacey Babes was also double clear on Camillo VDL for 11th and Louise took 13th on second ride Udget du Rozel on clear and four. Bethanie Knight posted clear and six with Quenotte and Ireland’s Richard Howley returned clear and eight aboard Carpe Diem Z for 18th.

And Louise was top Brit in the Master 1.40m speed, taking third on the Kannan 11-year-old Cleopatra, 1.99 sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’ Doron Kuipers on Diablo F. Adrian Whiteway guided the Contendro 10-year-old Carambow into fifth with Lauren Edwards taking eighth on the eight-year-old Ella Sandra G. Pippa Funnell claimed 12th on Billy Congo, Harry Charles and Valkiry de Zance took 15th and Daisy Davies slotted into 16th on Newmarket Rare Jewel. Also jumping clear was John Whitaker (Echo of Light) and Jamie Gornall with Carsten. William Funnell (Billy Cool) picked up a time fault and Max Routledge (Sieco) incurred two.

In the Master 1.35m, Adrian Whiteway jumped into third place on Sharon Baldwin’s Cash Point. The Com Air 11-year-old finished 1.1.71 sec behind the winner, Egypt’s Sameh el Dahan on Limelight de Breve – a former ride of Laura Renwick. Louise Whitaker continued her run of form to take ninth on Abeer II OL and Harry Charles claimed 16th on Vivaldi du Dom. John Whitaker jumped a steady round on Cassinis Chaplin for 20th and also posting double clears was Stacey Babes (Quilimbo and Very Chic du Tillard) and Max Routledge with La Lou de Rouet.

Carron Nicol featured strongly in the age classes, topping the seven-year-old speed on Finnegan D. The Singapore/Cassini I stallion won by an impressive 6.55 sec. Louise Whitaker was fourth on Brendon Stud’s Warrior/Caretino Glory mare Special Warrior and Leonne George was seventh on Katinka. Richard Howley took ninth on Goulton Emperor Claudius and Bethanie Knight (Cassalfino) was also clear for 15th.

And Carron also claimed second in the six-year-old with the eye-catching Diamant de Semilly stallion Galerius, finishing almost three sec behind the winner. Ben Raistrick eased Cool Boy into sixth with Morgan Kent on LSS Barbados in ninth and Eloise Guy’s Gigidermie 12th. Lauren Edwards also jumped clear for 16th on Kesara.

Lauren dominated the five-year-old, winning on the Cardento-sired Carumba by 2.67 sec and also taking third on Breit Star (Breitling/Sir Corland). Only four clears were prodiced with Carron in fourth with Goldeneye and Ben claimed sixth and eighth with Hessel and Heaven Can Wait E, both on four faults.

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