Joe Whitaker and Vanessa Jobson-Scott lead the way in Vilamoura's age classes


Brits headed two of the three age classes on day one of the second tour on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour.

Joe Whitaker topped the 1.25m six-year-old on Steven Whitaker and Dawn Makin’s Fairy Tale, topping the 30-entry speed class by 1.95 sec. Emma Stoker guided the Cadensky/Dollar dela Pierre mare Cool Cash into third and Quatinka (Quaid/Perigueux) into fifth, sandwiching Chloe Aston on Flavie van de Helle (Carlow van de Helle/Carvallo) into fourth. Laura Johnson and Off the Record picked up seventh with Anthony Condon also clear for ninth aboard Cushlas Reviro.

Vanessa Jobson-Scott headed the five-year-old speed on Muna van de Bisschop (Windows VH Costers/Nabab de Reve) with 3.49 sec in hand. Only three clears were produced in this 26-strong class with Emma pusing Grand Stakkato (Graf Top/Stakkato) into sixth and Chloe taking seventh aboard the stallion Merci de Geliveaux, both returning four faults.

Emma was best Brit in the seven-year-old, finishing fifth on Pembroke 3 (Perigueux/Quick Star) more than three sec behind the winner, and seventh on Everton de Villee (Arko III/Darco). Anthony Condon was sandwiched into sixth on Friso (Azteca VDL/Phin Phin). Stuart Neads posted the steadiest clear on Freya (Baltic VDL/Numero Uno) for 16th. Germany’s Marc Bettinger won the class aboard Celina IX with more than a second in hand.

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