William Funnell dominates on the Costa del Sol


William Funnell dominated the world ranking Master 1.45m on the Costa del Sol tour in Mijas, taking first and third. William has been taking his string steady over the last week, building them up slowly, but he moved up a gear today to win with Billy Cool, the Billy Congo/Kannan 10-year-old mare answering every call to produce the winning time.

But unusually, their time was equalled by France’s Olivier Robert on Eros, and they had to share the spoils. However, William also guided the promising nine-year-old Billy McCain (Cevin Z/Cruising) into third, just 0.06 sec in arrears.

Louise Whitaker brought Ruby VIII into sixth with Pippa Funnell 10th aboard Billy Onslow. Lauren Edwards jumped Ella Sandra G into 16th with a double clear and on clear and four was John Whitaker in 20th on Echo of Light and Adrian Whiteway aboard Anytime II in 21st.

Anna Power jumped straight to the top in the Master 1.30m speed, the big-jumping Chippendale Z 11-year-old Chesterfield Z earning a 1.48 sec advantage to win. Brits filled the top three places here with Lauren Edwards in second aboard the Kannan/Carnaval drum 10-year-old Carnaval Cocktail and Ben Raistrick slotting Benevita into third. Peter Charles finished ninth with a steadier clear on Foline and William Funnell (Billy Manjaro) picked up a time fault while Max Routledge incurred two on Carus Royale.

Richard Howley jumped to victory in the Premium 1.30m on the Silverstone 10-year-old Culandro, winning by more than two sec. Anna Power took third on the Hamlet/Notaris seven-year-old Fix Date with Sienna Charles on Dipina and Louise Whitaker’s Cuata in fifth and sixth. Victoria Garfield-Bennet took 10th spot on Raphoe Ella with Pippa Funnell (Billy Starlet) in 17 th, Ben Clark (Lanverdel and Falanta) in 19th and 25th, all jumping double clear.

Just 0.30 sec prevented Louise Whitaker from claiming victory in the Master 1.35m, the Kannan 10-year-old Cleopatra taking second to the Netherlands’ speedy Doron Kuipers and Charley. Louise also netted sixth in the 20-strong jump-off on the Berlin eight-year-old Abeer II OL with Pippa Funnell hot on her heels for seventh aboard West Falica. John Whitaker posted steady rounds to take 10th on Cassinis Chaplin and 11th with Talisman de Mazure. Eloise Guy took 16th with clear and four on Ravel de Pantomime.

Scarlett Charles also had to settle for second in the Premium 1.40m, finishing 4.32 sec behind the pace on Sacree du Rouet. Ben Clark eased Valentino into seventh with Anna Power close behind in eighth aboard Edison V. Sienna Charles also jumped clear on Chaitanya 2 for 12th and Stacey Babes (Cazador LS) and Wiliam Funnell (Billy Dorito) jumped for one time fault apiece.

Leonne George topped the Premium 1.20m with the consistent I Candy II, impressively winning with more than six seconds in hand. Julie Slade took fourth on Nicholas 55 and Victoria Garfield-Bennet claimed sixth on Cirmosa. Jessica Oaks jumped into 12th on Oaks Vivette, Sanda Nicol took 19th on Fashion for Pleasure, Julie and second ride Billy Angelo was 21st and Leo Lamb was also clear on Oldtown KC to take 24th. Other Brits returning on clear rounds was Ben Clark (Clarence II), John Whitaker (Chino D’Enfer), Max Routledge (Centos Girl) and Ashlee Harrison (Caspar Z).

Jessica Blatchford claimed second in the Premium 1.10m with Clementienne, 1.53 sec behind the winner. Megan Broadway and Danturano took fourth with Gemma Wright in fifth on On Board Candy. Also posting double clears was Amber Stafford on Super Charged and Estella Harrowing with Fearless D Hanovre.

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