William Funnell and Billy Congo are in the frame in Mijas

William Funnell and Peter Charles featured strongly in the Costa del Sol tour’s top-billed 1.45m grand prix at Mijas, but they had to concede victory to speedy Australian James Paterson-Robertson in the final shake-up.

A tough track with a restrictive time allowed weeded out all but the best and from 30 starters, only three survived to go forward to the jump-off. And William’s Vechta/Animo stallion Billy Congo had competed successfully on the rest of this tour under the guidance of William’s eventer wife Pippa, but William took the saddle in this world ranking class. And the pair posted another clear round in the three-way decider, but had to settle for second when James pushed Corneel into 2.45 sec victory.

Peter has carefully produced the OBOS Quality 004/Cruising eight-year-old for 18 months, and the gelding stepped up well here, but unfortunately lowered a rail to claim third spot.

Anna Power was unlucky not to join the jump-off after giving all the fences plenty of air on Crack van Overis Z, who was making a step up to this level, but picked up two time faults for sixth place. However, she must be thrilled with the progress of this Couleur Rubin/Udarco 11-year-old. Nine posted four faults, including Brits Max Routledge (Stapleton Mist), Louise Whitaker (Ruby VIII), Harry Charles (Vivaldi du Dom and Steven Franks (Brutus III) and Lauren Edwards stepped up Ella Sandra G to her first world ranking class for five faults.

Steven Franks held off all rivals to head the Master 1.30m on Billy Ginger, guiding the Billy Congo/Gladstone 11-year-old into victory by the narrowest of margins, just 0.03 sec. Chris Franks brought the eight-year-old Mega Times (Megabyte/Goodtimes) into third and also eased second ride Monks Grand Prix into 10th. Chloe Smith jumped a steadier round on Victoria for 18th place.

Alex Gill was best Brit in the Master 1.40m two-phase, taking fourth on Billy Congo/Capitol II eight-year-old Billy Fraulein, finishing 4.28 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Viktor Diem on Quinoa des Rioletts. Anna Power was fifth on the Applaus eight-year-old Edison V with Daisy Davis also jumping clear on Anatar II for 11th.

Placed throughout the week, Helena Cassir claimed a 1.17 sec advantage on the Cellestial 10-year-old Curley Sue to win the Premium 1.40m gold.

Lauren Edwards jumped to victory in the Premium 1.30m speed on Carnaval Cocktail, a Kannan/Carnaval Drum 10-year-old owned by Andy Doswell. They claimed the win by 0.49 sec. Robert Smith and Big Time eight-year-old Times Up took third just ahead of fourth-placed Chris Franks on Continue Baloo Bay. Holly Truelove eased Golly Girl into seventh with Henry Truelove in eighth on Colanda Z and 10th with Evaterma, sandwiching Helena Cassir into ninth on Rio de la Roque.

Graham Babes guided Calvade VD Pikkerie Z into second in the Premium 1.40m, acknowledging victory to New Zealand’s Bruce Goodin on Caltona by 1.69 sec. Harry Charles slotted the eight-year-old Ernestine F (Tangelo/Kojak) into fifth with Anna Power ninth on Fix Date, Alex Gill in 10th on The Drawness and Steven Franks, also clear aboard Amethyst.

Olivia Howe jumped into fifth spot in the 1.20m with the Catwalk van de Helle/Toulon 10-year-old Black Label, 2.44 sec behind the pace. Skye Klein was right behind for sixth on the Winningmood 10-year-old Heavy C.

Robert Smith jumped the fastest round of the 1.10m jump-off, but four faults dropped the Marcolas/Clinton nine-year-old Martesse into sixth.

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