Louise Simpson gallops to the top in Oliva Nova

Louise Simpson galloped to the top of the gold 1.35m on the concluding day of the Met II Spring tour week two in Oliva Nova.

Sixty-nine competitors tackled this speed class, with Louise and Fiona V/H Lemmenshof taking a 1.21 sec victory. France’s speedy pair Thierry Rozier on Infinari ter Dolen and Harold Boisset with Quaprica d’Aveyron were left trailing in her wake for second and third.

Trevor Breen, deputising for fellow Irishman David Simpson – who was on team duty in Al Ain, jumped into seventh with Starfighter. Shane O’Reilly guided Witro into 10 th and fellow Oakingham Stud rider Roger McCrea took 16th on Jazz/Men de Septon. British-based South African Genene Burnett also jumped clear for 18th on Vanda Vuitton.

Jemma Kirk landed the gold 1.30m in fine style with the Carolus II/Baloubet du Rouet 11-year-old Carbani, claiming a two sec advantage over fellow Brit Dan Neilson, in second on the Casall eight-year-old Cirrus.Shane O’Reilly took ninth on Connor VIII and Roger McCrea was unlucky to suffer a time fault in an otherwise clean sheet with Sweet Cinnamon to take 14th.

Dan and Louise Simpson featured in the hot jump-off of the top-billed 1.45m grand prix, but no-one could catch Constant van Paesschen on Isidoor van de Helle. The Belgian claimed a 0.20 sec victory over Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Corbinian.

Sixteen of the initial 68 entries provided round one clears but just six jumped clear again, with Dan and the Wolfgang/Indoctro 13-year-old Newton Nickel returning clear but proving three sec in arrears. Louise was right behind on the 11-year-old Grafit (Kashmir van Schuttershof/Manhattan) for fifth. Jemma Kirk was also in the jump-off, but eight faults dropped Quelisto down to 15th place.

Millie Mason jumped to victory in the 58-strong bronze 1.30m with 0.16 sec in hand on Darc Ory, an Unbelievable Darco/Hamilton III 12-year-old mare bred in Cornwall by Kathryn Pearn and Andrew James.

After taking several second places, Lucinda Roche landed a win in the bronze 1.25m on the 10-year-old Darco daughter Hebe van’T Palmenhof. They had an almost three sec advantage over second-placed Mackenzie Ray and Tulipe de Baudiere.

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