Joe Whitaker maintains his winning form on the Spanish sunshine tour

Joe Whitaker landed the big tour B 1.35m with the speedy home-bred Locarno-sired Lavarno on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera.

The pair headed the 57-strong two-phase class by just 0.15 sec from Ireland’s Billy Twomey in second on the Canto/Quantum nine-year-old GK Casper. Robert Bevis eased the eight-year-old Whitesnake daughter Etude into third with Theo Simpson taking seventh on Touch of Chilli.

Harriet Nuttall took 13th on Dulf with Danielle Farnsworth in 15th on Claddagh Iroko. Also jumping double clear was Britsh-based Swede Angelie von Essen (Daniel), Ellen Whitaker (Evita W), James Davenport (Caluna Z) and Leonie Aitkenhead (Clane K).

And Joe jumped into second in the big tour C 1.40m on another home-bred Locarno daughter, the eight-year-old Diola, 0.70 sec behind the pace, also won by Emma Augier de Moussac, on this occasion with Copia.

Millie Allen and the Balou du Rouet stallion Balou Star bounced into fourth with Billy aboard Pewit Nono in ninth. Ellen Whitaker claimed 10th on the up-and-coming Arena UK Winston and Guy Williams slotted Santa Cruz into 14th. Alison Barton was also clear for 16th on Roma IV.

Billy eased Tin Tin into third in the big tour D 1.45m. Eleven of the 49 accessed a hotly-contended jump-off, with Billy and the San Patrignano Mister 15-year-old finishing 0.27 sec behind the winner, Czechoslavakia’s Emma Augier de Moussac on Kanonja. Harriet Nuttall jumped clear for seventh on A Touch Imperious and four faults marred British-based Irishman Richard Howley’s effort on Chinook, but it was still sufficient for ninth. Hard-luck four fault stories included Jess Dimmock (Cybel II), Guy Williams (Depardieu Van T Kiezelhof), Lance Whitehouse (Vik II) and James Davenport (Tiger).

Lance Whitehouse also registered a British win in the big tour A accumulator aboard the eight-year-old Ashby daughter Miss Belverdere with a 0.90 sec advantage over Spain’s Antonio Marinas Soto on the Numero Uno/Animo nine-year-old Diamondloma. Ireland’s Derek McCoppin pushed Whiterock Lucky Lady into fourth with Robert Whitaker also jumping for maximum points for sixth aboard Chaplini. Only 12 of the 44 starters posted maximum points, Joe Whitaker very unlucky to hit the first fence and jump the rest clear for 15th on Finesse VD Watertoren.

Brits lifted four of the top five places in the medium tour C 1.40m, with Matt Sampson claimed the top spot on the Papillon Rouge 14-year-old Perfect Rouge with 0.74 sec in hand over Simon Crippen in second on the Grand Pilot I 12-year-old mare Atlanta VIII. Jodie Hall-McAteer took fourth with Colette, just ahead of Matt on second ride Roi in fifth place. Simon also laid claim to 11th with Judy Ross’ home-bred HOYS 2016 Foxhunter finalist Rosgan So Divine and Laura Robinson stood 13th on Lombelle. David Wingrove was 17th on Carrelo ST and also jumping clear was Spencer Roe (Chaccomo Agostini) for 22nd.

In the big tour A two-phase, Mark Armstrong was only 0.47 sec in arrears for second place on the 12-year-old Balougio III (Baloubet du Rouet/Fedor). Douglas Duffin slotted the Clarius/Ahorn nine-year-old Pyjama Jack into third and Antonio clinched fourth on Cocobanta. Richard Howley was also clear to take 13th on Houpette.

Faye Adams and the eight-year-old mare Ebriolita finished 0.53 sec in arrears for second to Ireland’s Greg Broderick on Cartouche V Overis Z in the medium tour B 1.35m. Jodie Hall-McAteer took fourth on the eight-year-old Consul DL Vie Z stallion Coquin de Coquerie Z and eighth aboard Kondy and Simon Crippen eased Temple Claudius into sixth. David Wingrove was ninth on What a Kaschin K, Christie Tamarin finished 14th on Grupo Prom Alandia S and Joanne Whitaker was also clear for 19th on Contendro Star.

Ellie Hall-McAteer lifted the small tour C 1.30m speed with the amazingly consistent Kannan daughter Dazzle, 2.25 sec. Jodie Burchmore Eames took fourth on Casti Aneira and older sister Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) claimed sixth on Booming Blue Z. Louise Stoner slotted Oscar Zee into 14th.

Isabelle George and Bandio de Romme Z took 10th in the medium tour A 1.30m speed and Pippa Goddard claimed 14 th on Jucatan II. Georgie Crumley was also clear for 18th on Renkum Centre Star.

In the small tour B 1.20m, Rachel Howell jumped into third on Utopia X, 2.32 sec behind the winner. Laura Robinson and Argeneeka took fifth just ahead of Annabel Lomas in sixth on Ferndale Special K.

And Jake Ward continued on his incredible winning run in the small tour 1.10m, lifting the top two places on Falball de Messitert and Frederick VII. Rachel Howell and Sienna took fourth and Kelly Shannon claimed 11th on Kira Van T Vennehof and 16th aboard Klever Boy van het Bontehof.

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