Jess Dimmock and Billy Fleance are best Brits in Spain
Jess Dimmock’s Billy Fleance hasn’t put a foot wrong on the Spanish sunshine tour, and she again posted penalty-free rounds to take second in the six-year-old final.
A total of 66 horses initially contended this final but only eight provided round one clears. And only six jumped double clear with Jess finishing 2.44 sec behind the winner in the the third and final round against the clock on the Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico mare. Victory went to Spain and Ari Gonzalez Barros on Gismo de Pravia. Jake Saywell also returned a clean sheet on Galaxcy (Cedric/Rolls Royce) for third place.
Twenty-three came home on four faults in round one, including Rosie Gunn (Jagerbomb) in 10th, Matt Sampson (Glitter) 14th, Pippa Goddard (Toki II) in 15th, Joanne Whitaker (Gerton) 16th and Georgie Crumley (Khaled OL) 17th. Also on four was Lance Whitehouse (Whitesparke Pepper), Matt Sampson (Cristo Beech), Joe Whitaker (Fairy Tale), Spencer Roe (Gambler B), Pippa Goddard (Zoon van London) and Deborah Jackson (Swing de Landetta Z).
Britain also had to settle for second in the five-year-old final, Sally Hopkinson taking the runner-up spot on the Colestus daughter Chilli. The pair made a tremendous effort but finished just 0.16 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Virginie Thonon with Corsica de Greenbay Z. India Payne jumped into fourth on the Plot Blue/Diamant de Semilly mare Pina Coloda Z with Louis Simmons taking fifth on Hakuna (VDL Sheraton/No Limit) in the 16-strong jump-off. Pippa Goddard guided Hadesh VDS into 10th with Danny Dunne’s Hutchinson also coming home penalty-free in 12th. Leonie Aitkenhead, clear in round one on Heart third, picked up four faults in round two but jumped clear in the jump-off to take 15th.
Germany’s Helmut Schonstetter headed the seven-year-old final on Vancouver Dreams, winning by 0.46 sec in a seven-strong decider.
Graham Gillespie was best Brit on one time fault in round one with the home-bred Calvaro Z/Up to Date mare Calvaro’s Up to Date to take eighth. On four faults in round one was Kayleigh Watts, 12th on Colton Playtime, Douglas Duffin took 13th aboard Moonface JX, Sally Hopkinson was 14th on Fadograaf, Danny Dunne finished 16th with For Killy and Graham claimed 17th on second ride Fortuna ES in the 49-horse class.
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