Robert Whitaker is man of the moment on the Spanish sunshine tour

Robert Whitaker has bided his time on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera, but he came up with the goods in the feature 1.50m grand prix. He rode Catwalk IV into the top spot, and in a British one-two, Tim Wilks eased Quelbora Merze into second.

Forty-six initially tackled this 1.50m track, but only seven survived penalty-free to access the jump-off, although British-based Swede Angelie von Essen was most unlucky to clear all the fences but collected one frustrating time fault on Newton Abbot. The pair took eighth spot.

Only two double clears were evident, and Robert and Tim jumped clear again, with Robert coolly guiding the Colman/Corleone 14-year-old Catwalk into a 0.40 sec victory, bagging a 16,275euro prize. Tim and the Tarzan de Beaulieu 13-year-old Quelbora Merze had to settle for second place.

British-based Irishmen Richard Howley and Derek McCoppin also appeared in the final mix, but four faults in round two put them out of contention. Richard, ever the chancer against the clock, provided the fastest time of the class on Chinook, but that round two rail proved very expensive and dropped them to fourth. Derek also jumped clear in the final round but a steadier round in the jump-off, although clear, put him in seventh on Zaire. Jess Dimmock on Cybel II and Lance Whitehouse’s Vik jumped for four faults in round one and Millie Allen came home on five with Cochella.

Joe Whitaker galloped ahead in the big tour C 1.40m on the home-bred Locarno daughter Lavarno to take a commanding win with more than two sec in hand. Richard Howley chased hard to bring the Clarimo 10-year-old Calmond into second with Kayleigh Watts in fourth on Winde. British-based Spaniard Antonio Marinas Soto took sixth on Cash and Go and also posting clears was Leonie Aitkenhead on Clane K and Mark Armstrong’s Carlino for 12th and 13th respectively.

And the British wins continued, Brits lifting the top two places in the big tour B 1.35m. Harriet Nuttall and the Irish-bred Easy Lift 12-year-old Silver Lift landed the top spot in this speed class, taking victory by an impressive 2.08 sec over Robert Bevis on Whitesnake/Ahorn eight-year-old Etude. Ireland’s Billy Twomey eased Pewit Nono into fourth with Tim Wilks on Jezebel in seventh, Danielle Farnsworth’s Claddagh Iroko took eighth and Jake Saywell slotted Endvot into 10th. Robert Whitaker secured 12th spot on Able Mabel, a former ride of Abbie Crippen, and Angelie von Essen was also clear for 14th on Daniel.

Simon Crippen secured a 2.57 sec win in the medium tour A 1.30m on the 12-year-old Pennsylvania/Pachat II mare Atlanta VIII. A total of 73 contended this two-phase competition, with Kate Whitaker finishing in eighth on Hickstead and Jodie Hall-McAteer’s Kondy taking ninth. Georgia Distefano also came home penalty-free for 16th on Cassia DS.

Brits filled four of the top five places in the big tour A1 1.30m, Mark Armstrong and the 12-year-old Balougio III (Lirbine/Fedor) posting a three sec lead over Harriet Nuttall’s Highland Cruiser II. Theo Simpson took fourth in this speed class on Alvin Only with Douglas Duffin in fifth on Pyjama Jack. Deborah Jackson claimed ninth aboard For Blondie with Jenny Thompson in 13th on Eliseo and Leonie Aitkenhead taking 16th on Jimmy Mack V Berkenbroeck. Richard Howley was also clear for 18th on Houpette.

Matt Sampson was denied victory by 1.89 sec in the medium tour grand prix on the Lordanos 13-year-old Roi. The pair had to settle for second behind Ireland’s Alex Butler on Hallowberry Cruz. Abbe Elliott eased Wilandri E into fourth, just ahead of fifth-placed Chloe Winchester on Sheyene 27. Jodie Hall-McAteer posted clear and four on Coquin du Coquerie Z to drop to 14th.

And the wins just kept coming! Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) galloped home to win the small tour C 1.30/1.35m on the diminutive but big-hearted Booming Blue Z (Berlin/Carthago Z). The pair had more than three sec to hand. Only three competitors posted double clears here, with Richard Jenkinson taking third aboard Culto.

To round up the British wins, Jake Ward’s incredible run in the 1.10m series here continued with another victory on Frederick VII. It was a British top three, with Emma Howell on Mary III in second, 4.37 sec behind Jake and Rachel Howell eased Sienna into third. Lauren McCarthy took fifth on Darcy, Kelly Shannon claimed seventh and 14th on Kira Van T Vennehof and Klever By van het Bontehof and Emily Elliott jumped into 13th on Mateo van Overis Z.

Lance Whitehouse slotted Cartino III into into fourth in the big tour A2 1.30m, finishing half a sec in arrears. Jordan Thompson and Eclips V took fifth with Jess Dimmock seventh aboard Billy Tortilla, Morgan Kent eighth on Notis Me and Leonie Aitkenhead in 11th aboard D Millfield Darin. Guy Williams and Stakkato Boy stood 13th with Robert Whitaker’s Chaplini also clear for 18th.

Graham Gillespie claimed fourth in the medium tour B 1.35m on Eodyminka, some six and a half sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Greg Broderick on Cartouche V Overis Z. Simon Crippen rode into fifth on Temple Claudius with Spencer Roe on Con Artist in seventh and Alice Palmer’s Fanadwest Dancer eighth. Faye Adams on Ebriolita took 14th and also posting clear rounds in this 90-strong speed was Charlotte Ash (Ideal S) and Isabelle George (STS Lloyd).

Steady clears earned lower places in the small tour B 1.20m, Annabel Lomas in 12th on Ferndale Special K and also picking up 15th on Vraiecocotte Berence. Isabelle Corke claimed 14th on Cartalano with Louise Stoner in 16th on Oscar Zee, Abbie Crippen’s Elstar in 17th, and Elliott Dowler’s Chilas in 21st. Estella Harrowing was also clear on Fearless D’Hanovre.

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