Matt Sampson doubles up in Spain

Matt Sampson scored a victory double on the Spanish sunshine tour, Vejer de la Frontera. He guided the Papillon Rouge 14-year-old Perfect Rouge to win by the slender margin of 0.15 sec in the big tour C 1.40m speed.

Ireland’s Billy Twomey eased the Canto nine-year-old GK Casper into third, in arrears by 1.30m, British-based Swede Angelie von Essen took fifth with Qamaieu de Montsec and Jake Saywell slotted Havinia van de Roshoeve into sixth spot.

And Matt also headed the big tour B 1.35m on the Billy Mexico/Vechta nine-year-old Billy Tortilla, beating fellow Brit Harriet Nuttall on the Irish-bred 12-year-old Silver Lift into second by 0.89 sec. Sixty-one contended this speed class with Jess Dimmock in fourth on Cudansa M followed closely by Lance Whitehouse in fifth aboard Cartino III. Billy Twomey jumped an easy round on Kim Barzilay’s Je t’Aime Flamenco eight-year-old Kimba Flamenco for ninth with Mark Armstrong’s Carlino in 13th and Douglas Duffin was also clear on Casparall for 20th.

Lance Whitehouse kept up the British wins with victory in the big tour A2 accumulator on the Ashby-sired eight-year-old Miss Belverdere, claiming the win by 1.73 sec. Danielle Farnsworth eased Claddagh Iroko into fourth with British-based Spaniard Antonio Marinas Soto in 10th on Cocobanta just ahead of Leonie Aitkenhead’s D Millfield Darin in 11th and Charlotte in 13th Ash on Ideal S. Tim Wilks took 16th on SIEC Crisanta, Aimee Jones was 17th with Ultravox II, Deborah Jackson claimed 18th on Giljan VD Legeweg and Danika Johnsey Plumley slotted TJ Hamira into 20th. Also scoring maximum points but in a steady time was Kirstie Leightley on Cherie V Overis Z for 23rd.

Lance was best Brit in the big tour world ranking 1.50m with fifth on Vik II. Twelve of the 66 starters accessed the jump-off with Lance and the Cantos 15-year-old Vik finishing 2.47 sec behind the winner, Czech’s Emma Augier de Moussac on Diva. Aimee Jones made a big step up to also post a double clear to slip Never Last into seventh and Tim Wilks returned clear and eight for 11th on Quelbora Merze. Three riders came home on one time fault in round one, including two Brits – Robert Whitaker Catwalk IV taking 13th with Jordan Thompson on Uni Stop in 15th. On four faults was Alison Barton (Roma IV), Guy Williams (Depardieu Van’T Kiezelhof), Jess Dimmock (Cybel II), Angelie von Essen (Newton Abbot), Billy Twomey (Tin Tin) and Derek McCoppin (Zaire).

The British wins just kept coming. Joe Whitaker headed the big tour A1 1.30m table C speed on the Irish nine-year-old Loughnatousa Sheldon, pushing fellow Brit Mark Armstrong and the Bloubet du Rouet 12-year-old Balougio III into second, 0.41 sec separating the two. Douglas Duffin eased Pyjama Jack into fourth with Theo Simpson fifth on Alvin Only and Leonie Aitkenhead too 20th on Jimmy Mack V Berkenbroeck.

Abbe Elliott topped the medium tour B table C speed aboard the Lupicor/Casco 10-year-old Casti Aneira, galloping away with victory by 0.84 sec over fellow Brit Kayleigh Watts on the eight-year-old Fashion V. Georgie Crumley finished fifth on Moon Zappa with Joanne Whitaker seventh on Mill River and Jodie Hall-McAteer in 11th with Kondy.

Just 0.20 sec prevented Jodie from winning the medium tour C 1.40m speed on the 10-year-old Colette (Vincenzo/Heartbreaker) and they had to concede to second. Georgie Crumley took sixth on Renkum Centre Star and Jodie also claimed ninth with second ride Coquin de Coquerie Z. Joanne Whitaker jumped into 13th on Contendro Star with Alice Palmer also jumping a clear round on Fanadwest Dancer for 15th.

But Jodie’s sister Ellie outpaced all in the small tour C 1.30m two-phase on the fabulous 16-year-old Kannan daughter Dazzle II, winning by 0.35 sec. Polly Gredley popped into third on Unex Arantos and Emily Elliott was also double clear to claim eighth on Karthago de Cavron.

Kayleigh triumphed in the small tour A 1.10m on the Toulon 12-year-old Falballa de Messitert with a 3.50 sec advantage over fellow Brit Emma Howell on Mary III. Kelly Shannon claimed sixth on Kira Van’t Vennehof just ahead of seventh-placed Alice Palmer on Princess of Monaco.

Kayleigh jumped into second in the small tour B 1.20m speed onthe Cicero Z van Paemel/Calvados eight-year-old Escudo, finishing 4.28 sec behind the winning time. Polly Gredley took fourth on Unex Clintan MB with Annabel Lomas fifth on Ferndale Special K and sixth aboard Varajecocotte Berence. Georgia Stefano rode into eighth on Fijkje, Richard Jenkinson took 17th on Culto, Ben Farr finished 18th with Capello del Tejo and Emily Elliott also posted a clear round on Mateo van Overis Z.

Thomas Roche claimed fifth in the medium tour A 1.30m speed on Jade Van’t Prinsenveld, more than seven sec behind the winner. Isabelle George jumped into sixth on Bandio de Romme Z and Ashlee Harrison slotted Caspar into 10th.

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