George Whitaker stepped up Cavas Toftegard to the gold 1.45m on the MET II Spring tour in Oliva Nova, and the Carano 10-year-old took it all in his stride to jump double clear for fourth place.
Only seven of 56 posted first round clears and George was not surprisingly the steadiest of the four double clears on this promising gelding, finishing 3.48 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen on Compadre van de Helle. Jemma Kirk took 13th with a round one four faults on Carbani.
Scott Brash guided the Sebastian III/Concorde eight-year-old Cademuir into a double clear and third in the gold 1.35m, 1.44 sec behind the winner, Italy’s Marco Porro and Indor GP. Also double clear was Ireland’s Trevor Breen on Enterprise for 12th and South Africa’s Genene Burnett in 13th on Vanda Vuitton.
Ashley Ray commandeered victory in the silver 1.30m with Quite a Flower, the Quite Easy 10-year-old mare jumping ahead by 1.75 sec in the 93-horse speed class. Alex Somerville-Cotton took 12th and 17th on Promise and Candela 27 with steadier rounds. Also clear was Ireland’s Shane O’Reilly (Elvira) and Roger McCrea (Anis de la Piece).
Caroline Breen cantered the For Pleasure/Cassini I 10-year-old Zooey into sixth in the bronze 1.15m 3.40 sec behind the pace, and Ashley Ray took 12th on Fort Blue.
In the silver 1.40m, Trevor Breen claimed fourth with the Vingino eight-year-old Escapade H, the pair two sec behind the pace in the second round. Scott continued with his very easy tactics for Hello Sanctos to jump round for one time fault. Four faults dropped Sarah Lewis into 20th on Doonaveeragh Emma and Dan Neilson to 24th aboard Strides Hattons Treasure.
British-based Lucinda Roche, riding for Ireland, was 0.31 sec off victory in the bronze 1.40m with the Cruising/Darco 12-year-old WCE Falco. Sarah Lewis was also double clear on Benny for 11th spot in the 52-strong class.
And Lucinda took fourth in the bronze 1.25m on the Darco 10-year-old Hebe van’T Palmenhof, finishing two sec in arrears of the winning time. Caroline Breen also posted two penalty-free rounds on Ilka II to take 10th.
Four faults in the gold 1.30m speed dropped Louise Simpson and Jaffar de Bourguignon into seventh, and a very steady round from Trevor put Bombay into 20th. And four faults dropped Millie Mason with Darc Ory down to 12th in the bronze 1.30m.
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