The Brits are on fire in Vilamoura


Brits hit a purple patch and prived were unbeatable on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour, winning every class they entered on day three of week two.

Philip Spivey hit form to head the big class of the day, the 3* 1.45m on the nine-year-old Darya I Nur.

Eighty contended this speed class, but Philip and Tracey and Greg Forrest’s home-bred Diamant de Semilly/Demonstrator mare held off all challenges. They won with over a second in hand over France’s Julien Gonin and Soleil de Cornu CH.

Chloe Aston jumped a steadier round on Amigo T to take 12th and Sammie-Jo Coffin claimed 13th and 15th on Bellamy II and Willem de Lux. Twenty-six posted clears, including James Smith (Balibu), Lucy Guild (Titi D’Oase), Jude Burgess (Comeback de Fremis) and Emma Stoker (Dieg’Eau de Villee).

Nicole Pavitt galloped into the top spot of the seven-year-old 1.35m with the home-bred Xena 16. The Warrior/Equador mare answered every call to take the win by 2.23 sec.

Riding for Bob Young, Emma Stoker claimed second and third, slotting the Perigueux/Quick Star gelding Pembroke 3 into second and taking third with the Arko III/Darco stallion Everton de Villee. Nicole jumped steadier clear rounds on Zampa Z and Paris 16 for 10th and 13th.

Laura Renwick dominated the six-year-olds, lifting the top two places in a British-dominated class. The talented MHS Sanfrancisco (Quidam Junior/Cavalier Royale) jumped into the top spot with Laura’s home-bred Arkuga – by Arko and the first foal out of Laura’s top speed mare Beluga – took second. Just 0.03 sec separated the two.Lucy Guild claimed third on Stephen Lohoar’s home-bred Je T’Aime Flamenco/Nimmerdor mare Gucci LSH, but finished more than two sec behind the speedy Laura. And Stephen himself took fourth aboard the Spartacus/Indoctro stallion Gizmo. James Smith eased Casienna into seventh in this speed class and Lisa Hales on Genairo III van de Zeilhoeck and Emma Stoker’s Quatinka also jumped clear for 11th and 12th.

On four faults was Tim Page (Wild Balou Bill), Nicole Pavitt (Newtonhill Monaco and Gianni HC), Emma Stoker (Shariva), Laura Mantel (NPS Erleena), Jude Burgess (Quite Feeling), Dan Moseley (Berdenn de Kergane) and James Smith (Shorty 98).

And the onslaught of British wins continued. Tim Page headed the 3* 1.35m with the Amadeus/Tygo eight-year-old mare Elvera with 0.52 sec over fellow Brit James Smith on the 16-year-old Cumino daughter Cumina. Nicole Pavitt netted ninth on Fae Singapore in the 93-strong speed class, and British-based Australian Rowan Willis guided Shark into 12th. Jumping steadier clears was James on second ride Just Max, Rowan (Everse W) and Alexandra Thornton (HHS Figero).

James claimed his own win and topped the 1.30m with 0.56 sec in hand on Quattro 27, a Quidam’s Rubin 13-year-old. Sophie Fawcett brought the Quite Easy mare Quite Cadiz into third, 2.65 sec in arrears, and Sammie-Jo Coffin took fifth with Devil’s Kiss. Rowan and Doulita claimed seventh just ahead of Jackson Reed-Stephenson’s Casparow in eighth. Jackson also jumped clear on Don Karlos to take 14th, just behind Stephen Lohoar’s Iden Dito VD Hemelse Breedte in 13th.

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