Laura Renwick lands the top-billed grand prix in Vilamoura

October 15, 2017

Laura Renwick has enjoyed a terrific show with numerous wins on the Vilamoura tour in Portugal, and she rounded off the final day with a win in the 3* top-billed 1.50m grand prix on Bintang II. 

Of the 55 contenders, only eight jumped first round clears, although two were considered unlucky on just one time fault, including Lance Whitehouse who had to settle for 10th on Vik II. 

But Laura took charge of the hotly-contended, closely contested jump-off where the top three were separated by just 0.12 sec.  Despite the hard-fought challenges, she claimed victory by just 0.11 sec with the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 11-year-old Bintang. 

France’s Reynald Angot took second on Symphonie Des Biches over third-placed Brazil’s Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho and Chacito. Jamie Gornall posted a double clear on the Cassini II 12-year-old Carsten 4.65 sec in arrears for sixth and Harry Charles jumped for clear and four on ABC Quantum Cruise to take eighth. 


Chloe Aston rounded off this tour with a win on the consistent Amigo T. Eighty-five contended the 1.40m speed but Chloe and the Padinus 12-year-old Amigo T had to share their win with Ireland’s Harry Marshall, who equalled their time on Chirokko M.  



Charlotte Meikle jumped to the top in the 1.20m two-phase with Ronaldo, the Ahorn 19-year-old galloping to victory with 0.37 sec to spare. Giorgia Distefano was 1.42 sec in arrears for fourth on the Luidam 12-year-old Evensong III and Scarlette Norman slotted the 15-year-old Cassini I stallion Chateau Du Brion Quainton into seventh while Flo Norris picked up 10th on Imago VD Heffinck. 


Flo scored her own victory in the 1.10m, racing to the top on the nine-year-old Douglas/Oklund mare Darling HDH to win with 2.91 sec in hand. India Payne took eighth in the nine-horse jump-off on Eleonora III.  



Brits almost made it a clean sweep on the final day, but just 0.33 sec prevented Lance Whitehouse from claiming the final win in the 1.30m speed. He had to settle for second on the Cartano 10-year-old Cartino III with Laura in third only a further 0.04 sec behind on the nine-year-old Lauxley De Breve stallion Utrillo De Breve. Jamie was also clear on Cristobal 21 for 15th.


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