Robert Smith is oh so close in Mijas

Robert Smith was a strong force in the Costa del Sol tour’s world ranking 1.45m in Mijas, Spain, but he stil couldn’t catch Francois Mathy Jr. The flying Belgian claimed victory by 0.87 sec on the Ugano Sitte nine-year-old Casanova de L’Herse, leaving Robert trailing in his wake and pick up second and third.

Fifty-three tackled this speed class, and Robert looked in flying form, but had to settle for second on the Unaniem 10-year-old Cimano E and also took third on the nine-year-old Dulf van den Bisschop/Calvaro stallion Ilton. John Whitaker guided Cassinis Chaplin into fifth with Steven Franks in Carlow Cruiser seventh and Louise Whitaker in eighth aboard Udget du Rozel.

Brits filled 10 of the top 14 places. John also took ninth on Talisman de Mazure with Peter Charles posting the steadiest of the clears for 10th on ABC Quantum Cruise. On four faults was Louise Whitaker and Ruby VIII in 12th, Graham Babes on Boucheron 13th, William Funnell in 14th on Billy Fanta, Steven Franks (Abdul Aziz) in 18th, Anna Power (Chesterfield Z and Crack van Overis Z) 19th and 24th and Adrian Whiteway, 20th on Carambow.

Louise Whitaker has established a tremendous rapport with Cuata (Tsugnske/Iroko) on this tour, and the pair again hit the top spot in the Master 1.35m. They claimed victory by 0.96 sec in this speed class to relegate fellow Brit Adrian Whiteway into second on Sharon Baldwin’s Com Air 11-year-old Cash Point. Daisy David popped Anatar II into ninth and also clear for 10th was Stacey Babes on Cazador LS.

A winner 24 hours earlier, Lara Whiteway doubled up on Saturday. She guided Bellagio II into victory in the Master 1.30m, the Contender 13-year-old heading this speed class by a commanding 12 seconds. Chris Franks took third on the stakkato eight-year-old Monks Grand Prix and Steven Franks claimed fifth with Billy Ginger (Billy Congo/Gladstone) on four faults.

And Lara was again in the winner’s spot with the previous day’s winner, the Indoctro 10-year-old Cavalia WH, heading the 1.20m for the second day running, winning by 0.24 sec. Robert Smith was third on Times Up (Big Time/Andiamo) with Olivia Howe in sixth on Black Label, Rachel Williams in eighth aboard Figaro and Rebecca Ellis took ninth on Billy Armstrong.

Graham Babes slotted the Calvados Z/Phoenix nine-year-old Calvade VD Pikkerie Z into second in the Premium 1.40m speed, finishing 1.69 sec behind the winner, New Zealand’s Bruce Goodin on Caltona. Harry Charles eased Ernestine F into fifth with Anna Power in ninth on Fix Date. Alex Gill took 10th on The Drawness and Steven Franks posted the steadiest of the clears for 11th on Amethyst.

Helena Cassir jumped into fifth on Curley Sue in the Premium 1.40m Gold with a quick four faults in this speed class. Only three clears were produced, with Germany’s Simon Trutschler on Oursun Cariana taking the win.

Only four clears were evident in the Premium 1.30m to progress to the jump-off, with John Whitaker taking fourth on the Argento/Indoctro seven-year-old Areba II. Henry Truelove picked up two time faults in round on Colanda Z for 11th and sister Holly Truelove claimed 14th on four faults with Golly Girl.

Amber Stafford took second in the 1.10m with the six-year-old Super Charged (Super Trooper de Ness/Wellington), 0.42 sec behind the winner. On one time fault over the two phases, Rachel Williams took seventh on Love Me Tender van Koe and Skye Klein was 12th aboard Eleana V.

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