Jamie Wingrove is edging up the rankings ladder in Oliva Nova

Jamie Wingrove was denied victory by a fraction in the top-billed world ranking 1.45m in Oliva Nova. The pair went one better than the previous day’s third place, with Jamie riding Helen Rees’ 11-year-old Bart VI (Lord Z/Levantos) into second by just 0.60 sec in the strong, 83-horse two-phase.

“He jumped well yesterday and even better today, he feels like he’s adjusted his eye and got the measure of it,” said Jamie, who has put a lot of flatwork into Bart over the winter months and is working on moving up the world ranking list.

The Netherlands’ Robert Vos took the win on Carat. Jemma Kirk guided Carbani into fifth with Jack Whitaker on Street Hassle in 11th and Louise Whitaker in 14th on Ruby VIII. Joe Clayton claimed 18th on Steve and Caroline Barnes’ Millioninmind and also returning on a double clear was Heather Larson’s Townhead Imagine de Muze.

Joe Clayton has quickly established a partnership with Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K DHI, an Indoctro/Gran Corrado 10-year-old usually piloted by the sidelined Holly Smith, and the pair notched up another win in the gold 1.35m. They had a 0.60 sec advantage to win in the 59-strong speed class. Maisie Drea guided the Cordoba VDL/Chair Lift 10-year-old Okehurst Abbervail into fifth with Louise Whitaker claiming sixth on Cleopatra. Sam Ward jumped into ninth on Thomas with Stuart Harvey also clear on Egbert for 14th.

Louise also picked up eighth on Udget du Rozel in the gold 1.40m with her father John 14th on Cassinis Chaplin and Claire Salem 15th aboard Salvatore.

Lucinda Roche slotted Cruising/Darco 12-year-old WCE Falco into second in the bronze 1.40m, a second behind the winner. Tess Carmichael posted the steadiest clear round for 12th on Atlantic PP Z.

Lucinda also claimed second on the Darco/Gold Sky mare Hebe van’t Palmenhof in the bronze 1.20m speed, finishing 0.79 away from the winner. Will Edwards was close behind for third on the six-year-old Eclipse II (Casanova du Domaine Z/Mr Blue) with Tom Hollins (How About Now) in 11th and Madeleine Kellett (Castello) 15th. Fifty jumped clear in the 84-strong class, including Tess Carmichael (Boran), Carmen Edwards (Twinning Hill), will on second ride Tinkas Brook II and Taisie de Gruchy (Live the Life).

James Wilson jumped into second in the silver 1.25m table C speed with the eight-year-old Galwaybay Jessie, just 0.30 sec behind the pace. Jamie Wingrove eased Elve I into fifth with Sam Ward 13th on Keep Clapping and Heather Larson’s Whitney XI in 16th.

Taisie jumped into fifth against 92 rivals in the silver 1.35m speed, the Lupicor eight-year-old Hoodshill First Look finishing 3.49 sec behind the winner. John Whitaker’s easy round on Chino D’Enfer took 14th with Taisie on second ride Winner of Picobello Z in 17th and Tony French 18th on Last Twist. Also clear was James Wilson (Eskola M), Sam Ward (Romany), Louise Whitaker (Abeer II OL), Jamie Wingrove (Truman 9 and Ephonie P), Joe Clayton (Eye Catcherand Arlo de Blondel) and John Whitaker (Diddo van sint Maarten).

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