Lance Whitehouse is best Brit in a tough grand prix on the Spanish sunshine tour

In a very strong, difficult Spanish sunshine tour grand prix in Vejer de la Frontera, Lance Whitehouse netted third place on Vik II.

Only four clears from 50 starters over a tough track with a tight time, which witnessed 12 retirements, were produced, and no-one went clear in the second round. Fourth rider Belgium’s Fabienne Daigneux-Lange retired to take fourth on Venue D Fees Hazalles to leave three to jump-off carrying their faults, and they all produced clears in the jump-off.

Spain’s Manuel Fernandez Saro – carrying four faults from round two – claimed victory on Eliot DWS from France’s Bernard Briand on Qadillac du Heup, also on a second round four but proving 2.28 sec slower in the jump-off.

Lance, carrying six faults from round two on the Cantos 15-year-old Vik, jumped a steady clear in round three to take third.

Three riders posted jumping clears but frustratingly picked up a time fault to deny them a second round chance – Ireland’s Billy Twomey taking fifth on the recently acquired, Vaillant eight-year-old Eindhoven GH and Harriet Nuttall in seventh with the Irish-bred A Touch Imperious. There were plenty of four-fault, hard luck stories, including British-based Swede Angelie von Essen, 10th on Qamaieu de Montsec, Ireland’s Derek McCoppin on Zaire taking 12th, James Davenport’s Tiger in 16th and Guy Williams just behind in 17th on Depardieu van’t Kiezelhof.

Billy claimed third in the big tour C 1.40m speed on the Cavalier/Animo 15-year-old Tin Tin, 2.38 sec behind the winner, Italy’s Filippo Tabarini on Gipsy of Heritage. Matt Sampson took fifth aboard Roi and Leonie Aitkenhead eased Clane K into 10th. Abbe Elliott (Wilandri E) and Aimee Jones (Never Last) both returned on one time fault.

Chloe Winchester jumped to the top in the big tour B 1.35m, heading the 22-strong jump-off on new ride Sheyenne 27, a German-bred 10-year-old by Sheyenne de Baugy. She took the win by just 0.20 sec with Matt Sampson taking third aboard the Clinton/Heartbreaker eight-year-old Ebolensky. Joe Whitaker slipped into fourth on Diola with Douglas Duffin also double clear for 10th on Chento D. Billy Twomey took 15th on clear and four with new ride Kimba Flamenco – a Je T’aime Flamenco eight-year-old bred by Kim Barzilay and produced by Emma-Jo Slater – and Aimee slotted Lilly 583 into 16th.

And Matt claimed his own win in the big tour A2 1.30m, taking the speed class by 2.10 sec on the Papillon Rouge 14-year-old Perfect Rouge. Robert Bevis took fourth on Etude with Harriet Nuttall’s Highland Cruiser II in sixth. Guy Williams claimed 10th on Santa Cruz with Chloe Winchester right behind in 11th aboard Hasj VH Vliegenhof Z. Also jumping clear was Millie Allen (Lowellie), Beth Vernon (Lotus), Deborah Jackson (Cassino) and Laura Robinson (Rearcross Quality Cruize).

In the big tour A1 1.30m, Mark Armstrong was 0.41 sec behind the winner for second on Ballougio III. Alison Barton took third on Billy Anna with Douglas Duffin in seventh on Pyjama Jack. Aimee Jones claimed ninth on Ultravox II and Jordan Thompson was 10th aboard Eclips V. Jess Dimmock took 14th on Cudansa M with Robert Bevis on Radioactive II 16th. Also jumping double clear was Kirstie Leightley (Cherie V Overis Z) and Chloe Winchester (Contiki) while Graham Gillespie (Celine) and Matt Sampson (Gloria van Zuuthoeve) each picked up a time fault.

In the medium tour grand prix, clear and four dropped Kayleigh Watts from a possible second to fifth on Winde. Only eight clears were produced, several falling victim to a tight time, including Sally Hopkinson on Temple Marple, who jumped clear but incurred one time fault.

Jodie Hall-McAteer netted fifth in the medium tour B 1.35m on the handsome French-bred eight-year-old stallion Coquin du Coquerie Z, more than five sec behind the winner. Kayleigh Watts (Fashion V) and Faye Adams (Ciana) both came home on four faults.

Brits lifted three of the top four places in the small tour C 1.30, Jodie Burchmore Eames taking the win on the Lupicor 10-year-old Casti Aneira by 2.76 sec. Faye Adams guided the eight-year-old Ebriolita into second with Theo Simpson on Alvin Only in fourth. Jenny Thompson and Eliseo took 10th with Alice Palmer in 13th on Fanadwest Dancerand Pippa Goddard in 15th aboard Jucatan II. Kieran Masters also jumped clear on Tiziano du Tillard.

Ellie Hall-McAteer jumped into second in the small tour B 1.20m, 5.37 sec in arrears on new ride Chicobello, a Chico’s Boy 13-year-old. Jessica Crosby took sixth on Kings Hill Cavalier with Isabelle Cork seventh on Cartalano, Louis Simmons 10th riding Dice, Elliott Dowler claiming 12th aboard Chilas and Louise Stoner picking up 14th with Oscar Zee. Also clear was Giorgia Distefano (Cassia DS) and Elliott Dowler (For Gotti). Danika Johnsey Plumley picked up one time fault on TJ Hamira.

Brits filled the top five places in the 1.10m, Jake Ward posting another win on the ultra-consistent Frederick VII. Rachel Howell was almost nine sec in arrears for second on Sienna, Karen Clithero took third on Agallieo and Emma Howell slotted Mary III into fourth. Annabel Lomas took fifth on Ferndale Special K with Charlie Hamilton in eighth on Princess of Monaco and Yasmin Russo took 10th on Carracasca B. Lauren McCarthy was also clear for 14th with Darcy.

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