Richard Howley is man of the moment in Mijas

Richard Howley was on fire in Mijas in the final week of the Costa del Sol tour. Just 48 hours after heading the top-billed 1.45m with Chinook, the on-form partnership did it again, heading the concluding world ranking 1.50m grand prix in some style.

Of the 33 contenders, only nine gained jump-off access, the seven clears joined by two on one time fault each. But the onus was on the clock as four posted double clears, British-based Irishman Richard the only rider to break the 40 sec barrier in an exciting, edge-of-your-seats round to guide the Tygo/Wellington 10-year-old Chinook into a 2.15 sec win.

Belgium’s Viktor Daem took second on Bacardi with Britain’s Peter Charles taking third on the eight-year-old ABC Quantum Cruise (OBOS Quality 004/Cruising). It all went wrong for Steven Franks and Brutus III in round two and they returned on 10 faults for ninth place. Several Brits posted four faults in round one, Lauren Edwards the quickest on Ella Sandra G for 10th, Max Routledge took 12th on Stapleton Mist, Harry Charles was 13th aboard Valkiry de Zance and Anna Power took 14th on Crack van Overis Z with Stacey Babes 16th on five faults on Camillo VDL.

It was a battle of the Whiteways in the Master 1.40m, Adrian Whiteway claiming victory over Lara Whiteway (no relation) in a hotly-contended two-phase. Adrian jumped ahead with Hazel Stowell’s Contendro/Grannus 10-year-old Carambow with a 0.83 sec advantage over Lara on the Karandasj/Indoctro 12-year-old VDL Groep Alitta.

Graham Babes and Boucheron jumped into fourth and Robert Smith claimed seventh aboard Ilton with Sammie-Jo Cofin on Bellamy in ninth, Steven fRanks and Carlow Cruiser 10th and Richard Howley in 11th on Cendara de Mies. Also double clear was Willam Funnell (Billy Buckingham) and Stacey Babes (Cazador LS).

Brits landed the top four places in the Master 1.30m table C speed, Steven Franks and the 11-year-old Billy Ginger (Billy Congo/Gladstone) jumping into the top spot by 2.17 sec at the expense of Lara Whiteway, who again had to settle for second place, on this occasion with the Contender 13-year-old Bellagio II. Sammie-Jo Coffin took third aboard Zigzag (Concorde/Ramiro Z) and Chris Franks claimed fourth on the Megabyte/Goodtimes eight-year-old Mega Times. Chris also took eighth on Monks Grand Prix with Max Routledge on Centos Girl in 10th, Victoria Shanks 11th on Cerosse Z and Henry Truelove in 13th aboard Colanda Z.

Placed throughout the week, Helena Cassir topped the Premium 1.40 Gold on the Cellestial 10-year-old Curley Sue, winning the six-strong decider by 1.29 sec.

Richard Howley also netted third in the Premium 1.40m, Silverstone/Orame 10-year-old Culandro finishing 3.59 sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’s Doron Kuipers on Elan. Steven Franks took fifth in the seven-horse jump-off on Amethyst with Alex Gill eighth on Dienna with the fastest four of round one.

Holy Truelove netted second in the Premium 1.30m speed on Golly Girl, 2.54 sec behind the winner. Lauren Edwards jumped into third on the Kannan daughter Carnaval Cocktail and Rachael Williams finished ninth on Figaro.

Rachel claimed second in the 1.10m on Love Me Tender van Coe more than nine sec behind the pace in a five-horse jump-off. And Sammie-Jo Coffin topped the 1.20m two-phase with Churchill Z, the Felton du Mont seven-year-old claiming a 0.42 sec win. Four faults in the second phase dropped Olivia Howe into ninth on Wantos.

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