Richard Howley is the top man in Vejer de la Frontera

British-based Irishman Richard Howley commandeered the top spot in the Spanish sunshine tour’s big tour D 1.50m grandprix qualifier with Calmond. He denied Guy Williams and Casper de Muze a British win by 0.12 sec in this mammoth, 91-entry speed class.

Richard Barton stepped up on Donata to take fourth with Harriet Nuttall on Galway Bay Jed into sixth and Richard’s daughter Alison in eighth aboard Roma IV. Jake Saywell was also chuffed with Havinia van de Roshoeve jumping clear for 10th. Douglas Duffin took 17 th on Quidam B Z with Leonie Aitkenhead on Clane K immediately behind for 18th and also jumping clear was Ireland’s Derek McCoppin (Zaire) and Sally Hopkinson’s Temple Marple.

Brits headed both the six-year-old classes. Matt Sampson proved unbeatable in section B, taking victory on Glitter with 0.93 sec in hand. Rosie Gunn eased Jagerbomb into fourth more than six sec in arrears, followed by Gerogie Crumley in fifth on Khaled OL and Joanne Whitaker’s Gerton in sixth. Kayleigh Watts took ninth on Rocabella, Matt took 10th on second ride Cristo Beech, British-based Swede Angelie von Essen claimed 11th on Zen and Joe Whitaker was 12th on Gallicia. On one time fault was Tim Wilks (Loeki van het Lindehof) and Joanne Whitaker (Gitane).

Jessica Crosby netted the top spot in the section A six-year-old on Harvey with a commanding lead, 8.44 sec in front of their nearest rivals. Jake Saywell guided Galaxcy into fourth with Kate Whitaker seventh on Val de Vauxelles Z and Spencer Roe’s Gusto in 10th. Deborah Jackson was also clear for 16th on Swing de Landetta Z.

Chloe Winchester slotted Firefly W into second in the seven-year-old section A speed, just 0.24 sec in arrears of the winner, the Netherlands’ Doron Kuipers on Froukjecara. Pippa Goddard took fourth on No Name with Lance Whitehouse on Whitesparke Blanko in 10 th and Kayleigh Watts in 12th on Kilbarron Rue.

Beth Vernon jumped into third in the seven-year-old section B speed with Hashtag, 0.79 sec behind the pace. Douglas Duffin was hot on her heels for fourth with Moonface JX and Derek McCoppin on WKD Aimez Moi and fellow Irishman Chris Megahey aboard Fardence jumped steadier clears for 16th and 17th places.

Laura Robinson popped into second in the five-year-old on Medusa van de Kooldries, in arrears by 3.28 sec. Charlotte Ash guided Calini into fourth with Samantha Kettle in seventh on Hongkong VDOand Pippa Goddard’s Madagascar Dwerse Hagen ninth. Anna Wilks jumped double clear for 11th on Dauwdruppel T&L Z and her brother Tim picked up a time fault on Elton van het Exelhof Z to take 22nd.

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