James Smith wins on the final day in Vilamoura


James Smith jumped to the top in the 1.30m on Cumina on the final day of the Vilamoura Atlantic tour.

Sixty-three contended this speed class with James claiming victory with almost a second in hand on the speedy 16-year-old Cumano daughter. James was on form and brought second ride Cadence Dreamer, a Contago eight-year-old, into fourth just ahead of fifth-placed Emily Mason with IC and Henry Turrell in sixth aboard Barbados III. Alicia Page was also clear to take 10th on Illusion VI.

Laura Mantel was best Brit in the world ranking class.

A consistent winner throughout this tour, Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet predictably landed the top-billed, concluding 1.50m grand prix. A total of 11 clears were yielded from the 47 starters, but surprisingly, only two jump-off clears were recorded, Thierry guiding the 11-year-old Artuur JH Z (Andiamo/Baloubet du Rouet) into a strong 1.89 sec victory with the fastest time of the class. France’s Reynald Angot took second on Symphonie des Biches.

Laura, Britain’s only representative in the jump-off, unfortunately lowered a rail on Liz Howes’ home-bred Caretino Glory/Animo 10-year-old Glory B V to take seventh. Nonetheless, all connections are thrilled with how this mare has stepped up so easily to this level.

The Mantel family have recorded winning ways this week. While Laura was doing her best in Portugal, her mum Melanie’s corgi Cerys picked up two first rosettes at Crufts.

Philip Spivey provided a fast round one four faults on the Romanov 11-year-old Smirnov for 13th and Emma Stoker dropped out of contention with eight on Townhead Tallulah V.

Chloe Aston slipped the Padinus 12-year-old Amigo T into second in the 61-strong 1.40m speed, 0.80 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Marc Bettinger on Vesta de Coquerie. Tim Page filled third spot on the eight-year-old Elvera (Amadeus/Tygo) with Jude Burgess on Comeback de Fremis in sixth and Emma Stoker ninth aboard Townhead Campus. Jackson Reed-Stephenson took 11th on Don Karlos with Chloe on second ride Figaro 12th and Emily Ward 14th aboard Lexie III. Stephen Lohoar also returned clear on Dante.

Abbie Summers was 0.58 sec away from victory in the 1.20m, having to settle for second on the Mr Darcy 12-year-old Domino VI. Charlotte Meikle brought Virginia 188 into fourth and Vaness Jobson-Scott took 11th on Crocantino of Greenhill Z.

Julie Whibley jumped into third on the Harlequin du Carel/Diamond Lad 12-year-old stallion Harlequin Joe in the 1.10m, 1.39 sec behind the pace. Vanessa Jobson-Scott claimed fifth on the six-year-old Follyfoot Arkadia (Arko III/Wolfgang) with Barry Dove in eighth on Casinaa and Adele Rand 13th on Calypso Blue.

Photos © Ellie Mantel & Jumping Around

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