Graham Babes built on his winning form on the Costa del Sol tour, Mijas, repeating his victory of 24 hours earlier to head the five-year-old grand prix on Ma Fleur JS. The Emerald van Ruyters/Cassini II mare – who showed early form heading the three-year-old loose-jumping competition at Northcote Stud two years ago and was brokenin by Graham – was one of only four clears to access the jump-off. The scopey, promising mare flourished under Graham’s guidance to top the class by 0.85 sec.
Lauren Edwards brought Andy Doswell’s Breit Star (Breitling/Sir Corland) into second and Lauren also picked up fifth with the fastest four faults of round one on Carumba (Cardento/Grandilot). Also on four, Sebastian Bishop took sixth and seventh on Springsteen and Hollandani.
And Graham jumped into second place in the six-year-old grand prix with Glencoe (Chellthago/Numero Uno), another he has broken in and produced. They finished 2.28 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Cassandre Malherbe on Fee van het Cauterhof in the 10-strong jump-off.
Lauren on Kesara (Kannan/Grandilot) and Adrian Whiteway with Kimba (It’s the Business/Tinka’s Boy) both jumped double clear to take fifth and sixth respectively. Lara Whiteway took 12th on Comporta de Mies with four in round one.
A winner the day before, Louise Whitaker had to settle for second on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Warrior/Caretino Glory mare Special Warrior in the seven-year-old. Australia’s James Paterson-Robinson was just half a sec quicker on Touche D Allegresse (Whitesnake/Rash R) to deny them victory.
And Graham also featured in the seven-year-old, taking aseventh with a double clear on the Verdi-sired Farao M, and Helena Cassir popped Aidy des Forets into 12th.
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