Jemma Kirk is so close in Oliva Nova

Jemma Kirk has been on form all week on the Spring MET III tour and just missed out on victory in the 2* 1.45m grand prix. Riding Quelisto in this 86-strong top-billed class, Jemma was one of 16 initial clears to go forward to the jump-off and the J’Ai l’Espoir d’Elle/Starter 13-year-old Quelisto maintained his form in the jump-off to provide another quick clear. However, France’s speed merchant Julien Epaillard had other ideas and snatched victory by just 0.46 sec on Safarai D Auge.

Joe Clayton produced a double clear on the Conterno Grande 10-year-old Con Man JX to take eighth and a steady four faults put John Whitaker in 15th on the Quaprice 10-year-old Talisman de Mazure. On four faults in round one was Jack Whitaker (Street Hassle), Louise Whitaker (Ruby VIII) and Heather Larson (Townhead Imagine de Muze) with Jamie Wingrove finishing on six with Cardigan Z.

Brits landed the top two in the gold 1.35m speed, Louise Whitaker proving the quickest on Team Harmony’s 11-year-old Cleopatra (Kannan/Ruling’s Story) to take the win by 0.84 sec from Joe Clayton on Jane Heerbeck’s Indoctro/Gran Corrado 10-year-old Carolus K DHI. David McPherson eased the 11-year-old Belle Fleur 30 (Berlin/Gran Corrado) into fourth with Jamie Wingrove in eighth aboard Dumolga. Sam Ward was also clear on Thomas for 11th spot.

A consistent winner on this tour, British-based Lucinda Roche riding for Ireland ended the week with another win, heading the bronze 1.40m grand prix on the Cruising/Darco 12-year-old WCE Falco by 1.59 sec. Tess Carmichael claimed 10th on Atlantis PP Z with clear and 12.

John Whitaker eased the nine-year-old Crumley (Cassus/As de Villigana) into second in the gold 1.30m, finishing 1.35 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Justine Tebbel on Lou Lou Light. Charlotte Flack took 10th on Luxalike with Claire Salem in 12th on Diablo from Second Life Z and Stuart Harvey posted the steadiest of the clears for 13th with Egbert.

Drew Coogan jumped into third with the Kashmir van Schuttershof 10-year-old Bachelor K in the bronze 1.25m, 3.24 sec behind the pace. Taisie de Gruchy guided Live the Life into 10th with Carmen Edwards in 12th aboard Twinning Hill and Will Edwards took 16th on Tinkas Brook II on one time fault.

Alicia Store picked up eighth in the bronze 1.15m on Ulriko van Sint Antoniushoeve with a double clear almost eight sec behind the winner. Emma Holmes was also penalty-free on Chekalux for 11th.

Tess Carmichael provided steady, penalty-free rounds to take 16th and 23rd with Skara Glen’s Voltan H and Bangle SR in the bronze 1.30m two-phase with Will Edwards in 17th on SHW Candies B.

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