Joe jumps ahead in Oliva Nova

Joe Clayton was best Brit in Oliva Nova’s concluding 3* world ranking 1.50m grand prix, taking fourth on Con Man JX.

Sixty riders contended this feature class with 18 going forward to the jump-off after posting initial clears. But Joe was the only British rider to jump another clear, slotting the Conterno Grande/Chacoa 10-year-old into fifth less than a second behind the winner, just 0.87 sec separating them from the top spot.

The Netherlands’ Ruben Romp claimed the win, but Michael Whitaker must be considered most unlucky to post a quicker time – more than a sec faster than the winner – on the Cheers Cassini mare JB’s Hot Property, but hitting a rail. Louise Whitaker also jumped for clear and four on Ruby VIII to take 15th. Jemma Kirk and Quelisto were one of 15 pairs on four faults in round one.

Jemma topped the 1.30m with Tchoupi Pironniere, the l’Amour du Bois/Hurlevent 10-year-old galloping ahead to take this two-phase class by 0.73 sec. John Whitaker picked up one time fault in the first half on Crumley for fourth, Jamie Wingrove was eighth on Dumolga after returning two time faults and Maisie Drea clocked three for ninth on Okehurst Abbervail.

Louise Whitaker jumped into fourth on the gold 1.35m on Team Harmony’s Kannan 11-year-old Cleopatra, finishing 0.89 sec behind the winner. Joe Clayton was close on her heels for fifth aboard Jane Heerbeck’s 10-year-old Carolus K DHI. Skye Higgin guided Stoulone du Genet into 12 th and Heather Larson also returned a clear on Dunia LA for 25th.

Carmen Edwards eased the Zambesi/Turbo six-year-old Twinning Hill into fifth in the 40-strong bronze 1.25m speed, finishing 3.31 sec behind the pace.

Four faults in the 14-strong jump-off of the bronze 1.40m dropped Tess Carmichael and Skara Glen’s Voltan H (Pacific/Voltaire) down to eighth spot. Thainnon Lewis posted the quickest four faults in round one to take 15th on Papillon du Marclet.

Tess also picked up 11th in the bronze 1.30m with the Chin Chin eight-year-old Bangle SR. Emma Holmes (Quincy 151) and Tom Hollins (How About Now) also returned double clears and dead-heated on time to take equal 16th place.

Steady clears pushed the Brits down the line in the bronze 1.15m, Will Edwards taking 12th on the six-year-old Geriebanta, Madeleine Kellett picked up 15th aboard Ella VI and Alicia Store finished 16th on Capellini II. And Will picked up a time fault on Goodluck TN for 21st.

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