Nicole Pavitt is oh so close in Vilamoura

Just 0.14 sec denied Nicole Pavitt victory in the seven-year-old at Vilamoura on Paris 16. Ten of 53 provided first round clears and included three Brits, Nicole proving the speediest on the home-bred Don VHP Z/Quo Vadis mare Paris. They had to settle for second behind Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet on Kannabis van de Bucxtale.

Only three double clears were produced, with Emma Stoker taking fourth with the fastest four aboard the Arko III/Darco stallion Everton de Villee. Laura Mantel and New Priory Stud’s Zavall VDL mare Funnycan took eighth. Four fault hard-luck stories in round one included Nicole on Xena 16, Laura Renwick aboard Alothain de Blondel, Emma on second ride Pembroke 3 and Dan Moseley on Flavio.

Emma jumped into second in the six-year-old on the Cadensky/Dollar dela Pierre mare Cool Cash, 0.57 sec behind France’s Julien Gonin with Carrat d’Alleriat Z. Laura Renwick’s fast four in round two with MHS Sanfrancisco (Quidam Junior/Cavalier Royale) dropped from a possible second to sixth and Lucy Guild was immediately behind in seventh on Hamis and Stephen Lohoar’s home-bred Je T’Aime Flamenco/Nimmerdor mare Gucci LSH.

On four faults in round one was Laura Mantel (Gerdien 2 van de Oldenhoff and NPS Arleena), Philip Spivey (Alicerova), Emma Stoker (Shariva and Quatinka), Sam Wall (Alejandro S Z), Stephen Lohoar (Gizmo) and James Smith (Casienna and Shorty 98).

Brits were bunched together in the five-year-old with Vanessa Jobson-Scott in third on Muna VD Bisschop (Windows VH Costers/Nabab de Reve), 1.61 sec behind winner Mariano Martinez Bastida of Spain on History. Laura Mantel guided the Zacharov/Lucky Boy gelding Zacalve into fourth and Jackson Reed-Stephenson took fifth with the Indoctro/Indorado mare Haileys.

Barry Dove took 10th on Hamona with Laura Mantel (Super Nova) in 11th and Philip Spivey also jumped double clear on Heathrow. Jumping for four faults over the two rounds was Emma Stoker (Grand Stakkato), Sarah Krisanda (Hartbreker GB), Laura Mantel (Hauri Blue M) and Chloe Aston (Magic Chanti).

Stephen Lohoar on Gwendolin and Henry Turrell’s Rocco both jumped for one time fault in the 1.10m to take 12th and 13th respectively.

In Oliva Nova, Louise Simpson was best Brit in the seven-year-old grand prix, Felix X posting a double clear but proving 1.76 sec behind the pace for eighth spot on Felix X (CS Online/Landadel). Belgium’s Cyril Cools took the win on Kid Pleasure d’Asschaut. David Simpson popped into 11th with Finn W (Flamenco de Semilly/Vigo d’Arsouilles) and Mackenzie Ray also posted a double clear and claimed 13th on another by Diarado, Fashion ES.

Ireland dominated the six-year-old grand prix, taking the first four places. Neal Fearon claimed the win by 0.83 sec on Tuilleadh Uisce Beatha with three British-based fellow countrymen following. Shane O’Reilly guided the Mozart des Hayettes gelding Belga du Thot into second with David Simpson on the Diarado gelding Diarados Black Diamond in third and Trevor Breen fourth aboard Get Off (Numero Uno/Indoctro).

Shane also jumped into 12th on second ride Bigstar Derick, also double clear. Best Brit was Mackenzie Ray on Directeur in 19th with clear and four. Reece Oliver also made a single mistake in the second round aboard Lingala.

Ireland’s Philip Carey headed the five-year-old grand prix on Ashgrove Lexington, 0.17 sec in front of France’s Harold Boisset on Mowgli Bellissimo. British-based Irishman Roger McCrea claimed eighth on Oakingham Stud’s Zerbin VDH Z (Zandor/Voltaire).

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