Scott Brash jumped straight to the top in the opening world ranking gold 1.45m at Oliva Nova on the MET tour, Spain, with Hello Mr President.
Thirty-three took part in this speed class with Scott producing a smooth, professional round we have come to expect from Britain’s number one, and he claimed victory by just 0.09 sec on the Comme D’Api JR nine-year-old.
Laura Renwick was 14th after returning four faults on Bintang.
Scott also picked up fifth with a double clear in the seven-year-old on Hello Franklin (Billy Mexico/Goodtimes) to finish more than three sec behind the winning time. Lauren Edwards was a second slower on the Kannan/Grandilot are Kesara to slot into sixth. One time fault dropped Anna Wilks and La Force De Tamerville into 11th.
Steven Franks eased the Diamant De Semilly 14-year-old Abdul Aziz into second in the gold 1.40m speed in a fast class against 42 rivals. They finished 0.85 sec behind victor Caio Carvalho Filho for Brazil on Cheindira. Lauren claimed fourth on the Zirocco Blue VDL nine-year-old Ella Sandra G and Anna Wilks produced a much steadier clear on Undicci for 18th. Max Routledge provided the fastest time of the class with more than a second in hand over the winner on Old Lodge’s Lord of Arabia, but a lowered rail put them in 23rd.
Steven jumped into second in the 71-strong silver 1.25m speed on the Quicksilver nine-year-old Amethyst, 1.72 sec behind the winner. Kayleigh Watts also posted a clears on the eight-year-olds Colton Playtime and Kilbarron Blue for sixth and seventh.
Emma Stoker eased Everton De Villee into third in the gold 1.30m speed, Bob Young’s Arko/Darco eight-year-old finishing almost six sec behind the pace with an easy round in the 56-strong class. Max Routledge also returned a clear on on the Baloubet Du Rouet/Voltaire eight-year-old Firkov Du Rouet for 13th.
Anna Wilks popped Cooper into third in the silver 1.35m speed, the Viento Uno W/Voltaire 10-year-old 3.76 sec in arrears of the winning time.
Brits filled three of the top four places in the six-year-old 1.25m two-phase, Lauren taking the win on Breit Star (Breitling LS/Sir Corland) with 1.83 sec in hand. Emma guided the Ugano Sitte/Darco mare Gotha De Baudignies into second and also picked up fourth on Happynes (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Cicero Z Van Paemel).
And Emma was also double clear in the five-year-old 1.15m with Illonois – bought at the Scope Festival in August after the Zambesi/Casanova gelding won the four-year-old final with Demi Watson. The pair finished more than eight sec behind the winning time with an easy double clear.
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