Rowan Willis hits form in Vilamoura

British-based Australian Rowan Willis jumped into third in the 3* 1.45m on Shark on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour. Seventy-six contended this speed class, won by Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Sirene de la Motte with less than half a sec in hand.

Rowan and the nine-year-old Shark – by Arko and out of the Pilot mare Showtime, both rides of Nick Skelton and bred in Britain by Sue Welch – finished 0.93 sec behind for third place. James Smith was directly behind in fourth on Bolton Gate Ben with Philip Spivey taking sixth aboard Tracey and Greg Forrest’s Darya I Nur. Jumping steadier clears was Rowan on second ride Everse W for 16th, and Emma Stoker on Shelby 12 and Dieg’Eau de Villee.

Dan Moseley slotted the Whitesnake/Elcaro eight-year-old Escapado S into second in the 1.35m two-phase, finishing 1.36 sec behind the winner, France’s Laurent Goffinet on Valkyrie Condeenne. Jackson Reed-Stephenson took seventh on Don Karlos (Vykarlos/Peter Pan) and Emma Stoker finished 10th on the Cartani daughter Townhead Ballulah. Alicia Page was 15th on Illusion VI and Laura Renwick also jumped a steady double clear on Heliodor Hybris in the 85-strong class.

James Smith slotted new ride Cadence Dreamer, a Contago/Goes Without Saying eight-year-old mare previously ridden by Beth Vernon, into second in the 1.30m. Portugal’s Martim Portela de Morais ran away with victory here on Cilgen with almost five sec in hand. Jackson jumped into fourth and fifth with the Vagabond la Pomme seven-year-old Exception and the Clarimo eight-year-old Casparow. Rowan Willis was also clear on D Day H for 15th.

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