Winston steps up to the plate for Ellen in Viamoura

Ellen Whitaker stepped Arena UK Winston up successfully to Vilamoura Atlantic tour’s top-billed 3* 1.50m grand prix to take a very creditable third.

Only seven of the 45 starters produced initial clears to go forward to round two, Ellen guiding the inexperienced Waldo van Dungen/Hamilton Tropics eight-year-old to finish third of the four jump-off clears, 2.10 sec behind the winner, Portugal’s Luis Sabino Goncalves Scott Imperio Egipico.

Four faults in the second round dropped two Brits down the line, but both were pleased how their horses have stepped up. Laura Renwick jumped into fifth on the Dollar du Murier/Darco eight-year-old Top Dollar VI and Chloe Aston was close behind for sixth on the Cornado I/Drosselklang eight-year-old Cornado’s Boy RC.

Chloe claimed a win in the 1.40m, the consistent Amigo T (Padinus/Libero H) producing his usual speedy style to win by 0.34 sec. Joe Whitaker slotted the eight-year-old Locarno daughter Diola into third 2.15 sec behind Chloe. Four faults dropped Tim Page on Elvera down to seventh with Rowan Willis in ninth on Doulita and Laura Renwick’s Alothain de Blondel in 10th.

Vanessa Jobson-Scott and her 17-year-old Arthur van de Helle (Concorde/Alme) has proved virtually unbeatable in the 1.10m series on this tour, and the pair again topped the class with a 0.27 sec advantage. Tim Page eased Chaccomo Blue into a steady round to pick up just one time fault for eighth and Emily Smallman’s four faults dropped Casimir II from second to 10th.

Vanessa also picked up sixth in the 1.20m aboard the Cassini I/Caretino seven-year-old Crocantino of Greenhill Z, three sec behind the pace. Rowan Will jumped a steady clear on Billy Whistle for 16th place and Richard Jenkinson took 19th on one time fault with Cobalt II.

Amy Duncan popped Adagio II (Indoctro/Horatio) into fourth in the 1.30m speed, one and half sec behind the winner. Henry Turrell took fifth on the Caretino Glory/Numero Uno 10-year-old Blaze of Glory II with Jackson Reed-Stephenson on Casparow in eighth, Douglas Duffin’s Pyjama Jack ninth, Joe Whitaker in 10th on Finesse VD Watertoren and Jake Aston in 13th with the steadiest of the clears on Funny Hill. Joe provided the fastest time of the class on Loughnatousa Sheldon, but four faults dropped them from victory to 14th.

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