Guy Williams pulls it out of the bag in Spain

Guy Williams hit top form to take the Spanish sunshine tour small grand prix with a class round on Casper de Muze.

Seventy-six initially contended this strong 1.45m class and only 14 gained first round clears and eight provided double clears. And although all 14 accessed the jump-off, those with clean sheets claimed the top places. In his customary speedy style with seasoned campaigner Casper (Triomphe de Muze/Corsaire de Vaubain), Guy galloped into the top spot to win by 1.40 sec.

Billy Twomey sealed his new partnership on Kimba Flamenco (Je T’Aime Flamenco/Heartbreaker) and guided the eight-year-old into second, much to the delight of owner/breeder Kim Barzilay.

Matt Sampson jumped three super rounds to take fifth on Ebolensky and Harriet Nuttall was also penalty-free for eighth on Galway Bay Jed. Despite a quick jump-off clear, Graham Gillespie paid the penalty with four faults in round two and the mistake dropped Laverin de Saar from a possible third to ninth. British-based Swede Angelie von Essen posted similar results for 12th on One Man and Simon Crippen was one of three riders to clear all the fences but pick up a time fault in round one to put Temple Claudius in 17th.

Matt was also in the mix in the big tour 1.40m, jumping into second on the Billy Mexico/Vechta nine-year-old Billy Tortilla, finishing 0.47 sec behind the winner, Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar on Quinty du Buisson. Harriet Nuttall guided Silver Lift into fifth in this 51-strong table C speed and Robert Bevis posted a steadier round on Etude to take 15th.

Lance Whitehouse raced to the top in the big tour A 1.35m speed, claiming victory by 1.41 sec on the 10-year-old Cartino III (Cartano/Topas). Ireland’s Richard Howley settled for second on the Douglas/Concorde 10-year-old Houpette with James Davenport in third aboard Twins Forever. Douglas Duffin eased Chento D into fifth with Antonio Marinas Soto in sixth on Cocobanta. Joe Whitaker slotted Finesse VD Watertoren into 10th with Danika Johnsey Plumley in 11th on TJ Hamira and Leonie Aitkenhead also posted a clear in this 46-strong class for 17th on Jimmy Mack V Berkenbroeck.

And the Brits maintained their winning form in the big tour A 1.30m with a top two result. Mark Armstrong claimed another win on the consistent Baloubet du Rouet-sired Balougio III, pushing Joe Whitaker into second on Loughnatousa Sheldon by 1.43 sec. Robert Whitaker took seventh on Eunomia and Douglas Duffin was also penalty-free with Pyjama Jack for 12th place.

Brits filled the top three places in the medium tour A 1.30m accumulator, Ellie Hall-McAteer taking the win on the Chico-Boy 13-year-old Chicobello by half a sec over Anna Wilks on the Zirocco Blue VDL/Sydney eight-year-old Elizabeth. Kieran Masters claimed third on Tiziano du Tillard with Isabelle George in seventh on Bandio de Romme Z and Pippa Goddard’s Jucatan II in eighth. Also posting maximum scores was Thomas Roche on Jade Van’t Prinsenveld in 12th and Georgia Distefano with Cassia DS in 15th.

Emma Howell triumphed in the small tour 1.10m by a commanding four sec on the Luidam 12-year-old Mary III. Alice Palmer eased Princess of Monaco into third with Estella Harrowing also jumping clear on Fearless D’Hanovre for fourth spot. Four faults in this speed class dropped Rachel Howell (Sienna) and Karen Clitheroe (Agallieo) down to eighth and ninth.

Rachel Howell slotted the Dutch-bred 16-year-old Utopia X into second in the small tour 1.20m seven sec behind the winner. Isabelle George jumped Jaliska van de Heide into third with Elliott Dowler in sixth on Chilas, Annabel Lomas took seventh on Vraiecocotte Berence and Georgia Distefano was eighth on Fijkje.

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