Nicole Pavitt is a fraction away from victory in Vilamoura

Nicole Pavitt jumped into second in the seven-year-old with Paris 16 on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour.

Forty-four initially contended with 16 jumping initial clears, but Germany’s Marc Bettinger took charge to take the win on Celina IX and also picked up third aboard Fileva ST. Nicole chased him on the home-bred Don VHP Z/Quo Vadis mare Paris, but could only come within 0.84 sec for second spot. Emma Stoker eased Bob Young’s Perigueux/Quick Star gelding Pembroke 3 into fourth and Nicole also collected 15th on second ride Xena 16.

Laura Renwick was 0.66 sec off victory in the six-year-old, the home-bred Arko daughter Arkuga taking second behind Brazil’s Nando de Miranda and Zandora Z. Jude Burgess slotted Gimona (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve/Chin Chin) into third with Tim Page on the Balou du Rouet/VDL Arkansas stallion Wild Balou Bill in fifth. Philip Spivey took sixth on Alicerova (Romanov/Contender) just ahead of Nicole Pavitt in seventh with Newtonhill Monaco (Arko III/Landlord) and Sophie Fawcett, in ninth on Diamino Blue (Diarado/Chacco Blue). Also double clear was Nicole on second ride Gianni HC, Emma Stoker in 12th with Quatinka, Sammie-Jo Coffin and Church Park Venus in 13th and 14th-placed Lisa Hales on Genairo III van de Zeilhoek.

Brits were bunched together in the five-year-old, but no-one could catch Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet and Milton S, winners by just 0.22 sec. Vanessa Jobson-Scott eased Muna VD Bisschop (Windows VH Costers//Nabab de Reve) into second with Jude Burgess in third on Hartbreker GB (Crespo VDL/Numero Uno). Jackson Reed-Stephenson guided Haileys (Indoctro/Indorado) into fourth just ahead of his cousin Sophie Fawcett in fifth on Cedric (Catoo-C/Trenton Z). Barry Dove was seventh on Hamona with Emma Stoker and Grand Stakkato in 12th and Dan Moseley was also double clear for 17th aboard Magic Quality.

Henry Turrell took sixth on the Cardento/Numero Uno six-year-old Rocco in the 1.10m.

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