Jemma Kirk was a fraction of a second away from victory in the gold 1.45m in week one of Oliva Nova’s Spring MET III tour.
Forty-nine contended this speed class, with Jemma guiding the J’ai l’Espoir d’Elle 13-year-old Quelisto into second by just 0.09 sec behind winner, Germany’s Jorg Oppermann and Che Guevera 17. Jamie Wingrove provided the fastest time of the class on Helen Rees’ Lord Z/Levantos 11-year-old Bart IV, but at the costly expense of a rail, dropping them to 22nd.
Jamie Wingrove slotted the 13-year-old Cardigan Z (Chellano Z/Zeus) into fifth in the gold 1.40m. Seventy-one tackled this two-phase class with Jamie finishing 1.44 sec behind the winner. Charlotte Flack brought the Luidam 12-year-old Ashdale Luxara into seventh and Joe Clayton jumped around steadily for one time fault on Conman JX.
And Jamie jumped new ride Dumolga, a Conterno Grande/Orame nine-year-old, into eighth in the gold 1.30m speed, 2.56 sec behind the pace. Skye Higgin claimed 13th on Stoulone du Genet and Jemma Kirk posted a steady clear with Carbani.
A mammoth 93 contended the silver 1.25m speed with British-based Irishman Barry Drea taking eighth on the Billy Mexico eight-year-old Okehurst Miss Mexico. Taisie de Gruchy finished 10th Hoodshill First Look and 17th aboard Winner of Picobello Z. Also jumping clear was Joe Clayton (Eye Catcher) and Charlotte Flack (Luxalike).
Louise Whitaker guided Brendon Stud’s Special Warrior (Warrior/Caretino Glory) into a nice steady double clear for 10th on the seven-year-old 1.35m. David McPherson took 12th on CC (Cariano/Cormint) and Charlotte Flack was also double clear on Ashdale Maganne.
Jasmin Collins was the sole Brit in the five-year-old and jumped double clear for sixth on the Lancelot/Lux Z mare Ballycommon Gem.
A steady clear in the silver 1.35m put Tony French and the Outcast eight-year-old Last Twist in 16th place. Louise Whitaker (Abeer II OL) and and James Wilson (Eskola M) also jumped clear.
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