Graham Gillespie hits the high notes with Celine


Graham Gillespie came to the fore in the gold tour 1.45m on his home-bred mare Celine in Poland on the Baltica Spring tour.

And it was no mean feat. Eighteen of the 58 starters provided first round clears to access the jump-off, but Graham found all the shortcuts with tight lines and a forward pace to take the win by 0.66 sec on the Calvaro Z/Heartbreaker 10-year-old.

Louise Whitaker was also in the mix and posted a steady double clear on Cero/Kannan nine-year-old Udget Du Rozel for eighth and Emily Ward returned four faults with Doobally to drop to 12th. Emma Stoker and Townhead Tallulah came home on four in round one.

Ben Raistrick scored a win in the 1.35m gold tour final speed with the 11-year-old Benevita, taking the win with just 0.24 sec to spare.

And Graham slotted the 13-year-old Laverin De Saar into fourth in the 1.35m two-phase, finishing 1.02 sec behind the winner.

Ben cantered Jinja Von Der Weretherbach into fifth in the silver 1.20m speed, a little more than three sec behind the pace. Charlotte Miekle and Virginia 188 took eighth and Jamie Gornall was also clear on Orlanda to take 17th.

Romilly Simmons jumped to the top in the 1.15m two-phase, winning with a 1.13 sec advantage on the six-year-old mare Candy Blue II. And she also picked up seventh with Rukkato. Madeleine Kellett claimed second in the 1m with Zwalbe, just 0.30 sec behind the winner.

Photo courtesy Baltica Spring tour/Monskoo

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