On-form Irishman Richard Howley skilfully doubled up on the Costa del Sol tour in Mijas, Spain. He galloped ahead to top the world ranking Master 1.45m.
A large field of 69 initially tackled this class with 17 posting first round clears, but Ireland’s Richard had the jump-off sewn up on the Tygo/Wellington 10-year-old Chinook to secure victory by 1.80 sec for a handsome 7,950 euro purse.
William Funnell slotted the Vechta/Cevin Z nine-year-old Billy Fanta into third behind New Zealand’s Bruce Goodin and Centina 10. Steven Franks slotted the Billy Congo 11-year-old Brutus III and also claimed ninth with clear and four on Abdul Aziz. Peter Charles jumped the steadiest of the double clears for seventh on ABC Quantum Cruise and Alex Gill’s Calido Boy took 10th with clear and four. Lauren Edwards was 12th on the recently stepped up Ella Sandra G and Scarlett Charles eased into 16th on Sacree du Rouet.
And Richard doubled up in the Premium 1.30m speed, taking the win on the Silverstone/Orame 10-year-old Culandro with a 4.43 sec advantage. Holly Truelove jumped into third on Golly Girl with Helena Cassir in fourth on Grando 234. Anna Power was also clear for 10th on Fix Date.
Brits filled the top two places in the Master 1.35m, Alex Gill taking the win by 1.92 sec on new ride West Falica, a Perion/Heartbreaker 14-year-old formerly ridden by British-based Swede Angelie von Essen. Sammie-Jo Coffin eased into second on the Lupicor-sired Willem de Lux in the six-horse decider.
Lara Whiteway headed the Master 1.30m speed on Bellagio II, the Contender/Lascadell 13-year-old jumping to the top to win by a handsome 5.72 sec. Only three clears were produced. Steven Franks popped into fifth place with four faults on Billy Ginger with Henry Truelove in sixth on Evaterma.
And the wins kept coming. Sammie-Jo Coffin guided the seven-year-old Churchill Z (Felton du Mont/Clown du Chesnay) into the top spot of the Premium 1.20m speed, winning by 1.81 sec. Olivia Howe was also clear to pick up sixth place on Corsiro Z.
Max Routledge was best Brit in the Master 1.40m guiding the Cardino 15-year-old Carus Royale into fourth in the 11-strong jump-off to finish 1.40 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Bejamin Wulschner on Coeur de Canturo. Sienna Charles and the 10-year-old Chaitanya 2 slotted into sixth. Chloe Smith picked up a round-one time fault on Victoria for 15th.
Helena Cassir posted clear and four in the Premium 1.40m gold for eighth on Curley Sue. And Alex Gill provided similar results in the Premium 1.40m on Dienna for 11th with Steven Franks in 13th aboard Amethyst.
And Rachel Williams returned a clear in the 1.10m speed for sixth on Love Me Tender van Koe.
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