Chloe Aston gallops to a win in Vilamoura

Chloe Aston galloped into the top spot of the 1.40m speed for a commanding win on the ultra-consistent Amigo T. The Padinus 13-year-old, produced by Chloe from a novice, was 2.76 sec in front of the nearest rival, France’s Nicolas Deseuzes on Razzia des Sables.

Sammie-Jo Coffin guided Liz Robson’s 11-year-old Cardento daughter Bellamy II into third. Emma Stoker eased Dieg’Eau de Villee into eighth with Philip Spivey right behind her in ninth on VDL Cassius. Alexandra Thornton was also clear on new ride HHS Figero.

Emma was best Brit in the concluding 1.50m grand prix on Bob Young’s Townhead Tallulah V. Only nine of 49 provided first round clears, with Emma and the Tabasco la Silla 12-year-old Tallulah dropping out of contention with a rail down to take seventh. France’s Mathieu Billot fired into an unbeatable two sec lead on Ilena W over Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli on Sarene de la Motte in second.

Laura Renwick was a member of the jump-off, the eight-year-old Dollar du Maurier Top Dollar stepping up easily, but Laura sensibly went for a steady round and four faults dropped them to ninth. Hard luck four-fault stories included Tim Page (Duc d’Arsouilled), Emily Ward (Remi Cavalleri) and James Smith (Balibu).

Sophie Fawcett headed a Brit top three in the 1.30m speed with more than a sec in hand on the Quite Easy mare Quite Cadiz. The pair crossed the line 1.45 sec in front of fellow Brit Sammie-Jo Coffin on the eight-year-old stallion Simply Splendid with Stephen Lohoar and Dante in third. Alicia Page was also clear for ninth on Illusion VI.

Brits filled the top three in the 1.20m, Abbie Summers outpacing all to win by 0.76 sec on the 12-year-old Quality mare Quantas. Jade Meekings and the 11-year-old Paul’s Lass claimed second just ahead of Emily Mason on IC. Australia’s Rowan Willis took eighth on Billy Whistle and Alexandra Thornton was also clear for 13th on Blue Curacao.

Rowan headed the 1.10m with a 2.45 sec advantage on the Najed/Burggraaf 12-year-old Nora. Beth Mantel pushed the 13-year-old mare Caoimhes Delight into second with Rowan also in ninth aboard Wellington Grandorie .

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