Jamie Wingrove scores his biggest win in Oliva Nova

Jamie Wingrove scored his biggest win with victory in Oliva Nova’s 3* gold 1.45m on the Spring MET III tour. The pair have been knocking on the door since stepping up to this level in Oliva Nova with a second, third and seventh in the world ranking classes, and the hard work paid off for Jamie in style this week.

A large entry of 80 tackled this speed track, but Jamie kept his cool to outpace and outjump all rivals, guiding Helen Rees’ Lord Z/Levantos 11-year-old into the top spot by 0.11 sec to beat The Netherlands’ Robert Vos into second on Carat. Father and daughter duo John and Louise Whitaker produced steadier clears for eighth and 16th on Cassinis Chaplin and Udget du Rozel. Tony French (Kinsale Houdini) and Skye Higgin (Ushaia du Thot) also returned home clear.

Louise also featured in the gold 1.35m speed, taking third on Team Harmony’s Cleopatra (Kannan/Ruling’s Story) and Charlotte Flack claimed ninth on the 10-year-old Luxalike (Lux/Clover Hill). Heather Larson was also clear for 18th aboard Dunia LA.

And John and Louise claimed third and fourth inthe silver 1.35m, John and Diddo van sint Maarten finshing ahead of Louise on Abeer II OL in the 90-strong class. Jamie Wingrove took seventh and 13th on Ephonie P and Truman 9, and Michael Whitaker also provided a clean sheet with El Wee Widge.

Brits scored a one-two in the silver 1.25m, James Wilson taking the win on the Irish eight-year-old Galwaybay Jessie with more than five sec in hand over fellow Brit Sam Ward on the seven-year-old Felicite (Amadeus/Lysander). Sam also picked up ninth on Keep clapping, just behind eighth-placed Charlotte Flack aboard Ashdale Luxon. John Whitaker was also clear on Chino D’Enfer for 19th.

Charlotte slotted Ashdale Luxara into seventh in the gold 1.40m, the 12-year-old Luidam daughter finishing 1.34 sec behind the winner in this 75-horse two-phase class. Skye Higgin finished ninth on Quarina de Blondel with Jamie Wingrove in 12th aboard Cardigan Z, Jack Whitaker took 14th on Cherryfras de Rialfo Z, Sam Ward was 17th on Thomas. Joe Clayton jumped the steadiest of the double clears to finish down the line on Con Man JX.

Rhiannon Lawrence eased the Kannan 14-year-old Papillon duc Marclet into third in the bronze 1.30m speed, finishing 2.46 sec behind the winning time. Also clear was Tess Carmichael on Bangle SR in 13th and Will Edwards aboard Tinkas Brook in 20th.

Tess also claimed seventh in the bronze 1.40m two-phase on Skara Glen’s Voltan H (Pacific/Voltaire), more than seven sec behind the pace.

Will Edwards jumped into seventh in the bronze 1.10m with Geriebanta, more than 10 sec slower than the winner. Alicia Store took ninth on Capellini II and producing much steadier clears was Will on second ride Goodluck TN for 15th and Emma Holmes in 16th on Evy Twiggy.

Will also slotted the six-year-old Eclipse II (Casanova du Domaine Z/Mr Blue) into fifth in the bronze 1.20m, 3.65 sec behind the winner. Tom Hollins finished eighth on How About Now with Tess Carmichael in 16th aboard Boran and Taisie de Gruchy 19th on Live the Life. Also clear was Carmen Edwards (Twinning Hill) and Emma Holmes (Quincy 151).

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