Douglas Duffin continued on his winning streak with the Scottish-bred Clarius/Couleur Rubin mare Moonface JX on the Spanish sunshine tour, Vejer de la Frontera. The pair headed the seven-year-old B section with a slender margin, claiming victory by 0.09 sec over Belgium’s Jos Verlooy on Firecracker. Beth Vernon jumped double clear on Hashtag (Luidam/Touchdown) and Moneybroom Dancer (Je T’Aime Flamenco/Ekstein) to take ninth and 15th, and Ireland’s Chris Megahey took 12th aboard Fuego Balia. Also posting a clean sheet was Graham Gillespie (Fortuna ES, First Colt and Calvaro’s Up to Date), Danny Dunne (For Killy), Sally Hopkinson (Fadograaf), Derek McCoppin (WKD Aimez Moi) and Conor Moore (Shine).
A fraction of a second prevented a British win in the seven-year-old A section, Joe Whitaker and the home-bred Locarno daughter La Mona having to settle for second place behind Ireland’s Bertram Allen with Fairytale 86. Kayleigh Watts jumped into ninth on Colton Playtime and also coming home on a clean sheet was Kayleigh on second ride Kilbarron Blue, Lance Whitehouse (Bazento and Whitesparke Blanko) and Jake Saywell (Darco Native and Arakan).
The five and six-year-olds didn’t go against the clock, and many penalty-free rounds were produced. In the six-year-old classes, the Brits going clear included Kate Whitaker (Val de Vauxelles Z), Deborah Jackson (Swing de Landetta Z), Georgia Distefano (Good Girl), Jess Dimmock (Billy Fleance), Jessica Crosby (Harvey), Robert Bevis (Gerko III van de Zeilhoek), Spencer Roe (Golden Boy), Rosie Gunn (Jagerbomb), Kayleigh Watts (Princess Warrior), Matt Sampson (Glitter and Cristo Beech), Pippa Goddard (Toki II and Zoon van London), Donald Whitaker (Lilly van T Kiezelhof), Joe Whitaker (Fairy Tale and Black Pearl Leone), Anna Wilks (La Force de Tamerville and L’Artiste de Toxandra), Georgie Crumley (Khaled OL), Alice Palmer (Glamour Boy) and Lloyd Thomas (Castillan).
And eighty five-year-olds returned home penalty-free.
In Mijas, Bethanie Knight claimed first and fourth in the seven-year-old, winning on the Casall/Corofino II Cassalfino by 0.23 sec and taking fourth aboard the Boss sired Foss. Louise Whitaker also jumped double clear to ease Brendon Stud’s home-bred Special Warrior (Warrior/Caretino Glory) into fifth.
Lauren Edwards was also in the winner’s spot in the five-year-old, winning by 1.35 sec on Andy Doswell’s Breit Star (Breitling LS/Sir Corland). One mistake over the two rounds dropped other Brits down the line – Ben Raistrick on Hessel and Heaven Can Wait E taking eighth and 10th, Lauren on second Ride Carumba was sandwiched into ninth and Carron Nicol took 12 th aboard Goldeneye – all finishing on four faults.
Richard Howley took over the ride of LSS Barbados (Balou du Rouet/Errigal Flight) from partner Morgan Kent to take fourth, 2.46 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Karel Cox on Nistria VD Winning Z. Adrian Whiteway jumped two accurate rounds for 13 th on Kimba (It’s the Business/Tinka’s Boy) and Lara Whiteway (no relation) also posted a double clear on Comporta de Mies.
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