He was almost there, but Matt Sampson had to settle for second in the gold 1.45m on the penultimate day on the Autumn MET tour in Oliva Nova, Spain, with Ebolensky.
Only seven posted initial clears from the 39 starters, but five riders were considered unlucky when falling foul of a tight time to return on just one time fault, including Amy Inglis on Wishes and James Davenport with Cheers Twin to take eighth and 11th.
Under Matt’s expert guidance, Rachel Evison’s talented Clinton/Heartbreaker eight-year-old Ebolensky has flourished and the current HOYS Foxhunter has effortlessly stepped up to this level an eased into second here 0.81 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Marcel Wegfahrt and Quax 42. Tim Stockdale was the only other Brit in the jump-off but four faults dropped Tornado Des Monts to sixth. Ireland’s Michael Duffy took seventh on Jule Van Den Tinnenpot, also on four.
A battle royal between Lance Whitehouse and Chloe Winchester in the gold 1.35m speed saw Lance and the Cartano 10-year-old Cartino III emerge the winner, but only by 0.08 sec. Chloe had to settle for second with the Billy Congo 10-year-old Billy Cool. Four faults in this 24-strong class dropped other Brits down the line, John Crippen taking ninth on Cacharel Z with Spencer Roe in 11th on Esunja, Chris Smith finished 12th on Warriors Glory and Jamie Wingrove’s Heartstring claimed 13th.
Brits dominated the gold 1.30m speed by filling the top five places, John Crippen proving the fastest on Cardento/Chin Chin eight-year-old Jorki to win by 0.53 sec. David McPherson guided the Cariano seven-year-old CC into second ahead of Ben Raistrick in third on the 11-year-old mare Benevita. Jane Davies claimed fourth on Quite Like It and Alice Palmer finished fifth with Essenar Crixus. Spencer Roe guided Amoa into ninth with Deborah Jackson right behind in 10th on Aresco, Tim Wilks took 12th on Elmo and Martin Dawes came home with the steadiest clear for 13th on Cream Sheridan.
Brits filled the top two places in the bronze 1.20m, Jo McGlory recording a 1.25 sec victory on the 14-year-old Endarlo in the 60-strong two-phase. Polly Gredley eased the Chicago Z 10-year-old Unex Clintan MB into second with Georgia Sykes on Borienta in fifth and Megan Broadway’s Capello II in sixth. Jo was also penalty-free for eighth with Cool Star.
Brits filled seven of the top eight places in the silver 1.30m speed but almost three sec kept them out of the winner’s spot. Drew Coogan jumped into second on the 10-year-old Bachelor K with Polly on Unex Omega Star third, John Crippen was fourth on Call Me Cash Lassergut and Ben Raistrick in fifth aboard Mourinho. Kayleigh Watts was sixth on Check Mate Z, Polly picked up seventh with second ride Unex Barricello and Alison Barton rode Premier Lux Like Murphy into eighth spot. Jamie Wingrove on Faberja finished 12th and Nissi Sabina Ladell was also clear for 15th on Exclusive Van’t Schaaphof.
British wins just kept coming, Stacey Willsone taking another 1.10m victory with the consistent Steady The Helm with more than half a sec to spare in the 44-strong speed. Romilly Simmons jumped into fourth on Candy Blue II with Michelle Rowles-Lloyd in fifth on SHW Suevana, Jake Ward on Frederick VII finished eighth and Georgia Sykes filled ninth aboard Stakka BF.
In the silver 1.40m grand prix, Olivia Gent posted a double clear on Cascari/Coronado eight-year-old Rumers Cascari to take fourth, 3.85 sec behind the winner. Four faults in the nine-horse decider dropped Emma Stoker down to seventh with Townhead Ballulah.
David Simpson netted second place in the silver 1.35m speed with the eight-year-old The Jeweller 3.05 sec behind the winner. Christina Gachoud jumped a steadier clear on Charity 33 for seventh place.
Christina Gachoud slotted Empire Van Wuitenhof into third in the bronze 1.40 speed 2.44 sec behind the pace. Jo McGlory was hot on her heels for fourth on Darcobal Fravanca and although Kayleigh Watts was more than three sec ahead of the winner, a lowered pole dropped Fashion V down to ninth.
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