Steady the Helm! Tim Page is on form in Vilamoura

Tim Page was just a fraction away from posting a double on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour. Tim topped the 1.35m with Steady the Helm. A total of 53 contended this speed class with Tim the runaway winner by 1.59 sec on the Tikkanen/Runnett 12-year-old. Nicole Pavitt posted a steadier round on the home-bred El Thunder/Voltaire eight-year-old Amelia 16.

Tim was denied victory in the 1.40m and had to settle for second with Elvera by just 0.13 sec. British-based Australian Rowan Willis, a winner the day before, took another victory, on this occasion riding the Wittinger VDL nine-year-old Doulita. Chloe Aston slipped into seventh on Figaro and Emma Stoker was eighth on Townhead Ballulah.

Seventy-seven faced a big 1.45m track with 38 going forward to the second phase and 15 provided double clears. France’s Julien Gonin was by far the quickest, winning on Well Done with over a second in hand.

Emma Stoker was best Brit on the Tabasco la Silla 12-year-old Townhead Tallulah V for sixth spot, 1.62 sec behind the winner. Laura Mantel slotted Liz Howes’ home-bred Caretino Glory/Animo 10-year-old Glory B V into 12th with a steadier double clear and Nicole Pavitt jumped into 15th with four in the second phase on Hussah TM. Also on clear and four was Alicia Page with Ulievka de Breve.

James Smith came to the fore in the 1.20m speed, guiding new ride Cadence Dreamer, a Contago/Goes Without Saying eight-year-old previously ridden by Beth Vernon and Alex Thompson, into the top spot by 1.80 sec. A total of 38 jumped clear from 85 starters. Rowan was third aboard the 12-year-old Nora (Najd/Burggraaf) with Charlotte Meikle on Virginia 188 in 12th and Eleri Guy 14th on Zig Zag.

And Beth Mantel finally claimed the win she deserved in the 1.10m with Caoimhes Delight. The pair have been a close second or third in the last couple of weeks, but that all changed as Beth went all out to win on the 13-year-old mare to claim victory by 0.37 sec. Emily Smallman slotted Casimir II into third with Callum Linning taking fifth on Carrighill Russelle. Barry Dove claimed eighth on Casinaa and Vanessa Jobson-Scott provided the fastest time in the 41-strong class, but four faults dropped Arthur van de Helle to 11th.

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