Lucinda Roche finishes on top in Oliva Nova

Lucinda Roche jumped to the top in Oliva Nova, taking the bronze 1.40m on WCE Falco on the Met II Spring tour. Forty-Three contended this speed class, with British-based Lucinda – who rides for Ireland – easing the Cruising/Darco 12-year-old Falco into an unbeatable lead to win by an impressive 3.84 sec. Sarah Lewis and Benny claimed ninth spot.

Jemma Kirk topped the gold 1.30m speed on the l’Amour du Bois 10-year-old Tchoupi Pironniere, beating the 32 contenders to the top spot by 0.73 sec. Shane O’Reilly guided Connor VIII into sixth and South Africa’s Genene Burnett jumped the slowest clear for ninth on Vanda Caviar.

Louise Simpson jumped into second in the gold 1.35m on the Kord Z/Darco eight-year-old Jaffar de Bourguignon 1.22 sec behind the winner. Shane O’Reilly claimed third with Witro in the 45-strong speed class.

And Louise was also second in the 86-entry silver 1.30m on Berlin, the Couterro/Wolfgang 10-year-old just 0.35 sec behind victor France’s Harold Boisset on Verty GO. Roger McCrea jumped Anis de la Piece into seventh spot.

Four faults prevented Louise and Fiona V/H Lemmenshof from contending the jump-off of the 1.45m and they had to settle for seventh spot. Sixty initially contended here but only three managed to return clear in round one over the tough track, although Belgium’s Julie de Pelsmaeker was considered very unlucky when Contendra came home on one time fault. And a jumpm-off clear could not be found, Italy’s Marco Porro sensibly opting to jump a steady, accurate round on Alvador Koningshoeve to come home on one time fault – bit it was sufficient to win.

Ashley Ray rode into third in the bronze 1.30m on the Careful/For Pleasure nine-year-old Care For, finishing 5.41 sec behind the winner. Lucinda Roche was also clear to take fifth on Izar LB.

Four faults in the second round dropped Alice Watson and E-Pilotta down the line in the silver 1.40m grand prix, the Baloubet du rouet/Pilot eight-year-old taking 16th spot. Switzerland’s Edouard Schmitz and Billy Yen took the win.

Alex Somerville-Cotton posted maximum points in the bronze 1.25m accumulator, but a steady time dropped Rubi Q into 16th. And Emily Richardson jumped the steadiest clear in the bronze 1.15m to take 13th on Altaira.

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