Graham Babes maintains his winning form in Mijas

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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