Laura Renwick hits a high with Heliodor Hybris

Laura Renwick hit top form on Vilamoura’s Atlantic tour, landing the top-billed 1.45m on Heliodor Hybris.

Seventy-six contended this world-ranking speed class, but Laura had it all sewn up early with a strong 1.26 sec advantage on the Diamant de Semilly/Cannonball 10-year-old.

"This is his first show back, he had a break at the end of last year so to get in a win already is great. I know he's a fast horse, he covers the ground well with his big stride and it was a nice flowing course so I used his stride to make up the time," said Laura. "He's one of my top horses and is 10 now and ready to step up, I'm hoping for big things with him this year."

Philip Spivey guided Greg and Tracey Forrest’s home-bred Darya I Nur – another by Diamant de Semilly, into third. Philip also netted sixth on Smirnov (Romanov/Kannan) and Emily Ward rode Wild Rose into seventh. Ellen Whitaker picked up 10th on Evita W with Emma Stoker 12th on Townhead Campus and Laura eased second ride Top Dollar VI into 14th. Jumping steady clears was Cressy Neads on Townhead Chinton and Elton II and Emma Stoker with Townhead Ballulah.

Anthony Condon headed the 1.30m accumulator with SFS Arla, guiding Lisa Hales’ home-bred Arko/Voltaire eight-year-old into the top spot by 0.30 sec. Tim Page slotted the eight-year-old Exclusive O’Hesseln (Vigaro/Tenerife VDL) into third with Rowan Willis sixth on Nora and Alicia Page eighth aboard Illusion VI. Sarah Lundy was ninth on Diablo V with Douglas Duffin 12th on Pyjama Jack and Jake Aston’s Cecilia in 13th. Jake also took 20th on Funny Hill and Ellen Whitaker posted a steady round on Arena UK Winston for 23rd.

Anthony guided Friso (Azteca VDL/Phin Phin) into third in the seven-year-old speed, finishing 2.75 sec behind the winner, fellow Irishman Cameron Hanley on Arany de Kergane. Joe Whitaker guided Billyjean (Camilio/Locarno 62) into sixth followed closely by Emma Stoker in seventh on the Arko III/Darco stallion Everton de Villee. Four faults dropped Stuart Neads and Freya to 18th.

Brits filled the top two places in the six-year-old two-phase, Joe Whitaker jumping to the top on Black Pearl Leone (l’Arc de Triomphe/Helios de la Cour II) by 0.76 sec. Tim Page claimed second on the Balou du Rouet/VDL Arkansas stallion Wild Balou Bill. Laura Johnson posted a double clear on Off the Record for ninth and Anthony Condon returned clear and four on Cushlas Reviro for 11th.

Chloe Aston topped the five-year-old speed for the second day running on the stallion Magic Chanti, winning by 3.27 sec. Vanessa Jobson-Scott rode the Windows VH Costers daughter Muna VD Bisschop into third with Angela Eardley’s It’s a Jubilee Surprise in eighth and Anthony Condon in 10th aboard Beluga Z.

Douglas Duffin eased the Indoctro/Emilion 10-year-old Chento D into fifth in the 1.35m two-phase, 2.78 sec behind the winning time. Also jumping steady double clears to finish down the line was Rowan Willis (Everse W and D Day H), Emma Stoker (Miss Moneypenny), Emily Ward (Lexie III), Laura Johnson (Elvis) and Anthony Condon (Zira VH Kapelhof Z and Douglas Delight).

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