Jamie puts the win into Wingrove with a grand prix victory in Oliva Nova

Jamie Wingrove wrapped up the Spring MET IV tour in Oliva Nova with a magnificent 3* Suzuki grand prix victory with Helen Rees’ consistent Bart VI.

Fifty-three initially contended this concluding, top-billed class carrying world ranking points, but only 10 gained access to the sizzling hot jump-off.

Jamie had fired a warning shot 48 hours earlier with a world ranking win, and he set off at a blistering speed and the Lord Z/Levantos 11-year-old Bart matched every stride to take the lead by more than four sec from Ireland’s Cameron Hanley on Quirex. Spain’s Ivan Serrano Saez made a late challenge on Cinderella Man, but he had to settle for second when they stopped the beam 1.20 sec in arrears.Jamie was understandably chuffed with his biggest win to date.

“I’m delighted with Bart’s recent performances and we are looking forward to the future and aiming towards 3 and 4* shows this year,” said Jamie, on the 11-year-old who was started in British novice by Carron Nicol. “I’ve got so much belief in his ability, he has a lot of heart and wants to win classes as much as I do.”

Heather Larson was the other Brit in the jump-off, but Townhead Imagine de Muze uncharacteristically lowered rails in round two to finish 10th. Four faults in round one with Elton II put Cressy Neads in 13th.

Heather also picked up 11th in the gold 1.35m speed with Dunia LA with a steady clear some 11 sec behind the winner.

Four faults in round one of the bronze 1.40m put Claire Beecroft and Vanda Cartier into 13th. But Claire posted victory in the bronze 1.25m speed, galloping ahead to take the win by 0.85 sec on the Vermont/Indoctro 11-year-old Burgana. Ruth Reay jumped into third on the nine-year-old Callgirl and Olivia Skinner was hot on her heels for fourth with Sir Henry IV. Gabriella Horan was slightly steadier for seventh with Costa III and Nissi Sabina Ladell claimed 15th on Ginaselli VD Beekzijde.

Nissi claimed sixth in the bronze 1.30m with the steadiest of the double clears on Femke van de Dwerse Hagen, finishing more than six sec behind the pace.

Clear and four in the gold 1.30m dropped Maisie Drea and Okehurst Abbervail down to 10th, and Maisie’s father Barry was close on her heels for 11th with Okehurst Miss Mexico.

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