Emily Ward and Witch gallop into form in Vilamoura

Emily Ward galloped into second in Vilamoura’s 1.40m speed with the fast and feisty mare Witch (Rash R/Namelus R), finishing 1.06 sec behind France’s Olivier Guillon on Talegreto Saint Jean in the 55-strong class. Sammie-Jo Coffin wasn’t far behind for fifth and sixth on the Lupicor 14-year-old Willem de Lux and the 10-year-old Cardento daughter Bellamy II. Sophie Fawcett (Winning Good) and Emma Stoker (Shelby and Dieg’Eau de Villee) opted for steadier clears to take 12th, 13th and 18th.

Germany’s Marc Bettinger claimed the 1.45m with a fast, decisive round on Barino. Philip Spivey was best Brit in seventh on the Romanov/Kannan 11-year-old Smirnov with Emma Stoker immediately behind for seventh aboard Townhead Tallulah V. Philip also rode Darya I Nur into 11th, just behind 10th placed Tim Page and Duc D Arsouilles. Also double clear was Laura Renwick on Top Dollar VI in 13th and James Smith aboard Balibu in 14th.

On her first day of competition on this tour, Beth Mantel jumped into third in the 1.10m with the 13-year-old Caoimhes Delight, finishing 1.02 sec behind the winner. Emily Smallman eased Casimir II into sixth with Abbie Summers on Quantas ninth, Sam Wall and Gwen Stefani in 11th, Angela Eardley taking 12th aboard Forrella TS and Charlotte Meikle 15th on Virginia 188 and 21st with Zicero D – all jumping double clear.

Chloe Aston secured second spot in the five-year-old with the promising stallion Magic Chanti, finishing 0.56 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Tracy Walshe on Fernhill Lucky One. Vanessa Jobson-Scott took fifth on Muna VD Bisschop with Barry Dove’s Hamona in sixth. Laura Mantel jumped a steadier clear on Hauri Blue M for ninth. There were some high quality five-year-old here, and also jumping clear was Laura (Super Nova and Zacalve), Chloe (Merci de Geliveaux), Jackson Reed-Stephenson (Haileys and Revelation), Angela Eardley (It’s a Jubilee Surprise), Emma Stoker (Grand Stakkato) and Dan Moseley (Magic Quality).

Lucy Guild jumped into fifth in the 1.35m on the 10-year-old mare Hugana Van’T Heike, 3.27 sec behind the winner. Tim Page claimed seventh on Elvera and Emma Stoker guided Townhead Ballualh into eighth. Stephen Lohoar took 12th on Dante and Laura Renwick gave Bintang II an easy run, jumping double clear for 16th.

In a hotly-contended 1.20m, Nicole Pavitt took sixth on Amelia 16, a home-bred with El Thunder/Voltaire bloodlines, finishing just 0.36 sec behind the winner. Jade Meekings slotted Pauls Lass into seventh with Abie Summers ninth on Domino VI and Henry Turrell in 10th aboard Barbados III. Victoria Hewson and Cadence Dreamer claimed 12th and Sammie-Jo Coffin was 13th on Churchill Z.

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