Emma Stoker lands the big grand prix on the Baltica tour
Emma Stoker hit top form in Poland on the Baltica tour, heading the gold tour 1.45m grand prix to earn valuable ranking points on Bob Young’s Townhead Tallulah V.
Seven of the 32 starters jumped round one clears to access the jump-off, but Emma had the class sewn up on the Tabasco La Silla mare Tallulah, finding every short cut at a good pace to win with more than six sec in hand.
Emily Ward was also in the mix but Remi Cavalleri uncharacteristically lowered three fences to finish seventh. Jude Burgess posted four faults in round one on Comeback De Fremis for 12th and Louise Whitaker did similar to take 16th on Udget Du Rozel.
Brits lifted the top three places in the gold tour 1.35m final, Ben Raistrick and Benevita galloping ahead in this speed class to win by just 0.14 sec. Louise had to settle for second and third with Cleopatra and Cuata. Ben also claimed 10th on second ride Mourinho.
Louise again had to settle for second in the gold 1.40m final, Di Lampard’s scopey home-bred Ruby VIII finishing 0.96 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Marc Bettinger on Incroyable De Muze. Emily Ward slotted Doobally into third with Emma Stoker hot on her heels for fourth aboard Townhead Campus. Four faults dropped Emily and second ride Lexie down to 11th.
The top two places of the silver tour 1.05m final speed was filled by British riders, Romilly Simmons providing the only clear to win on Ferani Paulowna with Madeleine Kellet in second on four faults aboard Zwalbe.
Only four clears were realised in the silver 1.35m grand prix and unfortunately no British amongst them. Carmen Edwards claimed seventh on Seattle Davier on eight faults.
Photos courtesy Baltica Spring tour