Laura Renwick rides high in Vilamoura


Laura Renwick hit top form on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour, doubling up with 1.45m and 1.35m wins.

A total of 60 tackled the 3* 1.45m speed, and speed it was, with Laura taking the top spot by almost two sec, finishing 1. 0.87 sec on Heliodor Hybris, a highly-rated Diamant de Semilly 10-year-old she intends to move up to top level this year.

Portugal’s Ricardo Gil Santos had to settle for second on Zuccchero while Brit Stuart Neads posted a steady clear on the Lordanos/Come On 10-year-old stallion Lordanos Junior for 12th. Cressy Neads and Elton II returned one time fault for 16th.

Laura stepped up Alothain de Blondel (Newton de Kriesker/Heartbreaker), winner of several seven-year-old classes earlier in this tour, to the 1.35m with success, taking her second win by 2.49 sec.

British-based Irishman Anthony Condon jumped into third with John Hales’ Zurich eight-year-old mare Zira VH Kapelhof Z, almost four sec behind Laura, and Alicia Page guided the Lordanos nine-year-old Illusion VI into fourth. A fast four for Anna Power and Chesterfield Z dropped them from second to 10th and Emma Stoker filled 11th spot on Miss Moneypenny.

Joe Whitaker rode into third and sixth in the 1.40m. He finished on Urbino de la Roque, a Kannan/Palestro II nine-year-old, more than three sec behind the winner, and also picke dup sixth with the Chin Chin 12-year-old Finesse VD Wateroten. British-based Australiain Rowan Willis finished third with a quick four faults in the 14-horse jump-off on the Lexicon eight-year-old Everse W and Alicia Page claimed seventh on the Toulon/Le Tot de Semilly nine-year-old Ulievka de Breve.

Rowan jumped into second in the 1.30m two-phase, the Najed/Burggraaf 12-year-old Nora finishing just 0.12 sec of the winning time. Jackson Reed-Stephenson eased Don Karlos into fifth with Tim Page on Exclusive O’Hesseln in sixth, Amy Duncan’s Adagio II taking seventh, Henry Turrell eighth aboard Barbados III and Jake Aston’s Cecilia in ninth – all jumping double clear. Four faults dropped Joe Whitaker from victory to 20th on Loughnatousa Sheldon.

The 17-year-old Arthur van de Helle must have won his weight in oats on this tour, and the evergreen Concorde/Alme gelding added yet another victory to his tally for Vanessa Jobson-Scott in the 1.10m. The ultra-consistent pair took the win by 2.19 sec. Shannon Kelly took third on Kira Van’T Vennehof and Angela Eardley slipped into fifth on Jesta van de Noordhoek.

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