Chloe Aston leads the way in Vilamoura
The Brits were on fire in Vilamoura’s 1.40m, claiming the top four. Chloe Aston dominated, claiming victory on the ever-consistent Padinus 12-year-old Amigo T and also took third aboard the Coronado/Colletto I 14-year-old Cecilia. Sandwiched in between and 0.63 sec in arrears was Emily Ward’s Rash R mare Witch.
Sammie-Jo Coffin eased Willem de Lux into fourth with Jude Burgess on Comeback de Fremis in eighth and Philip Spivey immediately behind for ninth on VDL Cassius. Also clear was Emily Ward, in 16th on second ride Lexie III, Emma Stoker, 17th with Dieg’Eau de Villee, Stephen Lohoar (Dante) and Sammie-Jo (Simply Splendid).
Tim Page was best Brit in the 1.45m grand prix, taking sixth on Justin Skinner’s Duc D Arsouilles.
Thirteen of the 41 starters jumping clear in round one and it was all about the clock in the jump-off with nine providing double clears. Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet took victory with a flying round on Artuur JH Z by just 0.02 sec from Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Sirene de la Motte. Tim and the Quasimodo van de Molendreef/Nabab de Reve 14-year-old finished 2.13 sec behind the pace.
Philip Spivey also produced a double clear on the Romanov II/Kannan 11-year-old Smirnov to take eighth. Emily Ward on Remi Cavalleri and Laura Renwick’s top Dollar VI proved most unlucky, jumping clear in round one but picking up a frustrating time fault apiece. Emma Stoker and Townhead Tallulah V returned on four faults.
Brits filled the top three in the 1.10m speed, Vanessa Jobson-Scott taking the win on the 17-year-old Arthur van de Helle but just 0.10 sec. Abbie Summers jumped into second on the Quality 12-year-old mare Quantas with Beth Manel in third aboard Caoimhes Delight. Charlotte Meikle took ninth on Virginia 188 with Angela Eardley 11th on Forella TS. Also clear was Adele Rand (Calypso Blue), Ellie Mantel (Nikko), Barry Dove (Casinaa) and Angela on second ride Jesta van de Noordhoek.
James Smith was 1.46 sec away from winning the 1.30m on the 16-year-old Cumano daughter Cumina and had to settle for second place. Sophie Fawcett eased Quite Easy/Calypso II 16-year-old Quite Cadiz into third and Sammie-Jo took fifth aboard Zig Zag. Emma Stoker and Miss Moneypenny claimed 11th place and also jumping clear in this speed class was Alicia Page on Illusion VI for 21st spot.
Tim Page guided the Vigaro eight-year-old Exclusive O’Hesseln into fifth in the 1.20m, 2.31 sec behind the pace. Emily Mason took eighth on the Lupicor nine-year-old IC and Vaness Jobson-Scott also jumped double clear to take 14th on Crocantino of Greenhill Z.
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