Joe Clayton and Jamie Wingrove hit immediate form with new rides in Spain

New rides equals immediate wins! Joe Clayton and Jamie Wingrove hit immediate form with new rides in Oliva Nova on the Spring MET III tour.

A winner in the gold 1.35m the day before, Joe Clayton maintained his form on Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K DHI for a repeat victory, guiding the C Indoctro/Gran Corrado nine-year-old to the top spot in the 59-strong gold 1.35m to win by 0.90 sec. Joe took over from Holly Smith a week after the popular rider broke her leg in a fall and has quickly gelled with the consistent gelding.

Tony French took sixth in this speed class on the nine-year-old Kinsale Houdini (Converter/Concorde) and Skye Higgin claimed ninth with Ushaia du Thot.

Jamie topped the gold 1.30m accumulator with new ride Dumolga, a Conterno Grande/Orame nine-year-old owned by Kevin Sleap. The pair gained victory by 0.23 sec from the Netherlands’ Kirsten Rikkert on Colandro 4.

“She only arrived the week before after previous ride Megan James suggested me as she only has youngsters to ride at the moment,” said Jamie, who has quickly gelled with this mare at their first show. “”She’s feeling good and she’s competitive, I hope to step her up next week.”

Maisie Drea triumphed in the silver 1.30m speed against 92 rivals, winning on the Mohill Cavalier Clover 13-year-old Kinkeen Diamond by 0.71 sec. Jamie jumped into eighth on the 11-year-old Truman 9 (Cartani/Quick Star) and Joe Clayton returned a steadier clear on Eye Catcher for 16th place.

British-based Lucinda Roche – riding for Ireland – jumped to the top in the bronze 1.30m on Hebe Van’T Palmenhof, the 10-year-old Darco/Gold Sky mare taking the win by 0.30 sec. Lucinda also gained sixth spot on the eight-year-old Izar LB and Will Edwards was also double clear for 11th on SHW Candies B.

And to round off a good day, Lucinda eased the Cruising/Darco 12-year-old WCE Falco into fifth in the bronze 1.40m speed, just over three sec behind the pace.

James Wilson headed the bronze 1.25m accumulator with 0.85 sec to spare on the Irish eight-year-old Galwaybay Jessie. Tom Hollins took fifth on How About Now and Drew Coogan also scored maximum points on Bachelor K for 17th.

Emma Holmes slotted the eight-year-old Quasimodo Van Molendreef/Lux Z mare Evy Twiggy into third in the bronze 1.15m, finishing 0.80 sec behind the winner. Emma also picked up eighth on Chekalux with Ireland’s Barry Drea in 11th on My Lady OL. Taisie de Gruchy took 16th on Live the Life and Will Edwards also posted a double clear on Geriebanta.

Four faults in round one of the gold 1.45m dropped Jamie Wingrove and Bart IV out of contention and into 14th. Louise Whitaker and Udget du Rozel posted five faults for 18th.

Louise took ninth in the silver 1.40m, jumping a steady double clear to finish 12.53 sec behind the winner in the 16-strong jump-off.

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