Alice Watson takes a double in Oliva Nova

Alice Watson doubled up with E-Pilotta and KEC Havana on the Spring MET II tour in Oliva Nova. She jumped into the top spot in the silver 1.35m with E-Pilotta, taking a 0.67 sec win on the Baloubet du Rouet/Pilot eight-year-old from France’s Harold Boisset and Verone de la Roque. Sarah Lewis on Doonaveeragh Emma took ninth and British-based South African Genene Burnett was 11th on Vanda Gucci. Louise Simpson took 15th with The Jeweller, Genene on second ride Vanda Verscace finished 16th and Dan Neilson slotted Strides Hattons Treasure into 18th. Also clear in this mammoth, 104-strong class was George Whitaker (Darius) and Reece Oliver (Chacco Boy) and Ireland’s David Simpson (Coletta 30) and Roger McCrea (Jazz’Men de Septon).

And Alice also topped the gold 1.40m with the 14-year-old Aldatus Z mare KEC Havana, winning by 0.49 sec. Jemma Kirk pushed the 10-year-old Tchoupi Pironniere just 0.52 sec behind Alice.

Louise Simpson galloped into the winning spot in the gold 1.30m on the Lord Z/Darco eight-year-old Jaffar de Bourguignon. The pair finished 0.22 sec in front of their nearest rival. Alice Watson took third aboard the nine-year-old In the Mood van Het Kriekenhof (Winningmood/Lys de Darmen), 1.68 sec in arrears, and Jemma Kirk slotted Carbani into fourth.

David Simpson was best British-based rider in the 3* gold 1.45m, jumping into third on the Stalypso/Contendro 11-year-old Starfighter. They finished 1.36 sec behind the winner, France’s Harodl Boisset on T’Obetty du Domaine. Four faults in round two dropped Jemma Kirk and Quelisto to 15th, Trevor Breen’s Bombay to 17th and Louise to 21st on Fiona V/H Lemmenshof.

Louise stepped up Felix X to 1.40m in the seven-year-old grand prix to take a creditable fifth with a double clear, almost four sec behind the winner. Reece Oliver jumped for clear and four on Coalition.

Ashley Ray jumped into sixth in the 80-strong silver 1.25m speed on Quattro d’Ete, three sec behind the pace. Shane O’Reilly claimed 13th on Elvira and Mackenzie Ray took 19th with Assouan. Also jumping clear was Alex Somerville-Cotton on NPS Dangerous, Ashley Ray (Quite A Flower) and Roger McCrea (Casalle Z and Anis de la Piece).

And Mackenzie netted sixth place in the six-year-old grand prix on Directeur, their double clear more than six sec behind the pace. Alice Watson also posted a clean sheet on Coxy W Z for 14th.

Four faults over two rounds dropped Shane O’Reilly and the Luidam daughter Phoebe to eighth.

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