Joe Clayton lands a double in Oliva Nova

Joe Clayton pulled out all the stops in Oliva Nova to record a stunning double on the Spring MET III tour. He bounced to the top in the gold 1.45m to head the class on Con Man JX.

A total of 72 starters contended this two-phase class with Joe taking charge on the Scottish-bred Conterno Grande 10-year-old to win by 0.17 sec, beating the Netherlands’ Gerco Schroder (Glock’s Lausejunge) and Marc Houtzager (Mr Europe) into second and third. Louise Whitaker jumped Di Lampard and Dietmar Ackermann’s Balou du Rouet 10-year-old Ruby VIII into fifth with Heather Larson posting one of the steadier double clears for 13th on Townhead Imagine de Muze.

And Joe, deputising for the sidelined Holly Smith on Jane Heerbeck’s Indoctro/Gran Corrado 10-year-old Carolus K HDI, also topped the gold 1.35m. Sixty-two contended this speed with Joe guiding new ride Carolus K into a 0.65 sec victory. Charlotte Flack eased the 12-year-old Ashdale Senica (Luidam/Hinault) into fourth 2.67 sec behind Joe with Jamie Wingrove and the Vigaro eight-year-old Ezivona in sixth. Also clear was Tony French on Kinsale Houdini for 14th and Claire Salem’s Diablo from Second Life Z in 21st.

Skye Higgin popped into second in the gold 1.40m speed on the 13-year-old Quidam de Revel daughter Quarina de Blondel. The pair finished 0.38 sec behind the winning time in the 54-strong speed class with Joe Clayton on Steve and Caroline Barnes’ Ard VDL Douglas 10-year-old Millioninmind in ninth just ahead of Louise Whitaker’s Udget du Rozel in 10th. Jamie Wingrove took 18th with one time fault on Cardigan Z.

Jamie jumped into fourth in the silver 1.25m with Ruth Reay’s Carambole/Namelus R eight-year-old Elve I, 2.21 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Jorg Oppermann on Amelie 108. Taisie de Gruchy finished sixth on Winner of Picobello Z with Maisie Drea on Kinkeen Diamond in seventh. Joe Clayton was double clear on Eye Catcher for 14th.

James Wilson galloped to the top in the bronze 1.20m to win by 1.17 sec on the eight-year-old Irish mare Galwaybay Jessie. Lucinda Roche guided the Darco/Gold Sky 10-year-old Hebe Van’T Palmenhof into third 1.49 sec in arrears with Rhainnon Lawrence in fifth on Papillon du Marlet and Tom Hollins taking sixth aboard How About Now. Will Edwards finished in 14th on Eclipse II and also jumping clear in this 81-strong speed class was Emma Holmes (Quincy 151), Tess Carmichael Skara Glen’s Voltan H and Bangle SR) and Will with second ride SHW Candies B.

Lucinda also picked up seventh in the bronze 1.40m on WCE Falco, four faults dropping them from a possible second place.

Emma Holmes took third in the bronze 1.10m speed on the Irish six-year-old Chekalux, 4.12 sec behind the pace. Madeleine Kent finished 10th on Castello with Will Edwards in 14th on Geriebanta and Taisie de Gruchy eased Live the Life into 20th. Madeleine was also clear on Ella VI.

Sam Ward on Thomas and Stuart Harvey with Egbert posted steady clears in the silver 1.35m for 19th and 21st with Jamie Wingrove returning on just one time fault aboard Ephonie P.

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