An on-form Scott Brash recorded his second world ranking gold 1.45m win in the space of 48 hours with Hello Mr President to take Oliva Nova’s week one grand prix in fine style.
Only seven of the 39 contenders jumped round one clears to go forward to the jump-off, but last-drawn Scott had the upper hand all the way to ease the Comme D’Api JR nine-year-old into victory with 0.65 sec in hand.
“I have always known he is a very good horse and now he’s improving all the time. It’s nice to have him down here in Oliva and to be more competitive with him, I’ve got really high hopes for the future,” said Scott.
“It was a well-built course and seven clears out of 39 is a good number, the track was fair and nice to ride.”
Ireland’s Conor Swail settled for second with Domino Van De Valhoeve. Four faults denied Steven Franks a jump-off chance on Brutus and they finished in 13th. Emma Stoker also made just one mistake for 15th on Townhead Annie.
Scott will compete here in Oliva for another week before heading off to Bordeaux and returning for the MET II tour.
“The facilities here are super and every year I return there is always improvement. Everything is close and the beach is so nice for the horses,” he said.
Already a multi-winner, Kayleigh Watts rounded off a good week with victory in the bronze 1.40m on the nine-year-old Fashion V, topping the seven-horse decider with 0.97 sec to spare. Conor Moore jumped clear and four to take seventh aboard Karishma VH Beeckhof.
Brits filled three of the top four places in the gold 1.30m speed, Jemma Kirk recording her second victory of the week on the 11-year-old Tchoupi Pironniere. Steven Franks was two sec in arrears for second on the 11-year-old Billy Congo daughter Billy Ginger and Max Routledge slotted the Cento eight-year-old Centos Girl into fourth. Scott posted a steady clear here on Hello Senator for 11th place.
Lauren Edwards jumped into third in the 36-strong gold 1.40m two-phase with Andy Doswell’s nine-year-old Ella Sandra G (Zirocco Blue VDL/Emilion), finishing 2.71 sec behind the winner. Four faults in the second phase dropped Max Routledge and Lord of Arabia into 11th spot.
Andrew Davies picked up second place in the nine-horse jump-off of the 1.10m with the Levantos II nine-year-old Aramac Z, 0.66 sec behind the winner. Amy Addison and Roccdato finished sixth.
And Andrew guided Denver V into sixth in the bronze 1.30m speed, the Berlin/Indoctro nine-year-old finishing eight sec behind the pace.
Genene Burnett posted a double clears in the 1.20m for ninth and 11th on Vanda Versace and Vanda Gucci.
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