British-based Irishman Richard Howley was unbeatable on the Costa del Sol tour in Mijas, landing the world ranking Master 1.45m speed in fine style on Chinook. The Tygo/Wellington was jumping out of his skin and matched Richard’s fervour to win the class by a handsome 2.22 sec.
Louise Whitaker was best Brit with Dietmar Achermann and Di Lampard’s Balou du Rouet 10-year-old Ruby VIII in fifth, nine sec behind Richard. Morgan Kent guided the Berlin/Voltaire nine-year-old Dolores into 10th and Pippa Funnell was also clear on Billy Onslow for 12th. On one time fault apiece was Peter Charles, 14th on ABC Quantum Cruise and Bethanie Knight, 15th with Quenotte.
Several classes were run from the previous Sunday – where heavy rain stopped play spectacularly – and a mammoth nine classes were completed.
Max Routledge had to settle for second in the Master 1.40m, riding Carus Royale to finish 1.61 sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’ Doron Kuipers on Diablo F. Louise Whitaker guided Udget du Rozel into ninth and also claimed 15th on Cleopatra – both owned by Team Harmony. Harry Charles was also clear on Valkiry de Zance along with Stacey Babes (Quilimbo) and Pippa Funnell (Billy Congo). Max Routledge cleared all the poles but picked up one time fault on Sieco.
Adrian Whiteway was another Brit taking the runner-up position, finishing second by a fraction of a sec in the Master 1.35m with Sharon Baldwin’s Com Air 11-year-old Cash Point. New Zealand’s Bruce Goodin took the win by 0.33 sec. Max Routledge and Anna Power produced times good enough to win, but four faults dropped them down the line. Max finished 13th on Firkov du Rouet with Anna in 14th aboard Chesterfield Z.
It appeared second was the place for the Brits, as Lara Whiteway was another to take the bridesmaid place in the Premium 1.30m, the Indoctro 10-year-old Cavalia WH finishing 1.83 sec in arrears. Victoria Garfield-Bennet took seventh on Brandon with Jessica Oaks on Oaks Vivette in ninth and John Whitaker aboard Chino D’Enfer in 11th. Max opted for steady in this speed class for 17th on Centos Girl.
And so it went on. Megan Broadway settled for second in the Premium 1.20m on Curosa III, almost four sec behind the pace. Jessica Blatchford jumped into fourth on Chennai with Leo Lamb in sixth on Oldtown KC and Victoria Garfield-Bennet was also double clear for seventh aboard Raphoe Ella.
Louise Whitaker broke the British duck in the seven-year-old, claiming victory with more than a second in hand aboard Brendon Stud’s home-bred Special Warrior, a mare with Warrior/Caretino Glory bloodlines. Bethanie Knight guided Foss (Boss/Calvados) into third, 1.30 sec behind Louise, and Ben Clark was also clear for 13th on Falanta.
Brits filled the top two places in the five-year-old, Lauren Edwards taking the win in this speed class on Breit Star (Breitling LS/Sir Corland) with Ben Raistrick second aboard Hessel (VDL Sheraton/Cantos), 3.40 sec separating the two. Lauren was also fifth on Carumba.
Carron Nicol was another to concede to second in the six-year-old, five sec behind the winner on the Diamant de Semilly/ Sandro Boy stallion Galerius. Carron was also fifth on the home-bred Fantaland son Moonraker with Adrian Whiteway in sixth on Kimba. Also clear was Eloise Guy in ninth on Gigidermie, 10th-placed Lauren Edwards on Kesara and Scarlett Charles with Glitter.
Ben Clark claimed fourth in the Premium 1.10m on Clarence II.
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