There’s no stopping Laura Renwick in Vilamoura! Not only is she making the most of the sunshine, she’s a demon against the clock and after several wins to her credit – two already with Bintang – she claimed the top-billed 3* 1.50m grand prix with the on-form Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 11-year-old.
Of the 51 contenders, 11 gained jump-off access but Laura was in sizzling, super-hot form and galloped ahead to take the win by half a sec. The Netherlands’ Lisa Nooren had to settle for second on VDL Groep Centora De Wallryo.
Four faults dropped Emma Stoker and Townhead Tallulah V to eighth and Billy Twomey rode Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Je T’Aime Flamenco eight-year-old Kimba Flamenco into 10th spot on clear and eight. Jamie Gornall was unlucky not to join them in the jump-off after posting just one time fault in round one on Carsten.
Laura also claimed second in the 1.30m on Utrillo De Breve, the nine-year-old Lauxley De Breve stallion just 0.16 off the pace. Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) rode into fourth and fifth in this speed class with the Lupicor 10-year-old Casti Aneira and the Zapatero VDL eight-year-old Eleonora III.
Also jumping clear was Louis Frost on De Pokemon and Jess Mendoza’s NP Zelah for 11th and 14th.
Harry Charles guided Vivaldi Du Dom into fourth in the 3* 1.40m speed, the Casall 12-year-old finishing 3.25 sec behind the winner, France’s Nicolas Paillot on Sabine Des Ibis. Laura jumped the seven-year-old Alothain De Blondel into fifth and Megan Williams was also clear on Juicy for ninth.
Scarlette Norman claimed seventh in the 1.20m two-phase with a double clear on the Cassini I 15-year-old Chateau Du Brion Quainton, more than three sec behind the pace. Richard Jenkinson and Culto were also penalty-free for 10th spot.
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