Scott Brash landed his second 2* grand prix in the space of a week at Oliva Nova with the consistent Hello Mr President.
The 46-strong grand prix was moved forward 24 hours due to a bad weather forecast, and 11 posted round one clears to access the jump-off with four again returning clears to put the onus on the clock. But the super-cool Scott again took charge on the Comme D’Api JR nine-year-old to win with a handsome 1.45 sec to hand.
“I am obviously delighted, he is coming into his own this year and is really stepping up,” said Scott after his back-to-back grand prix win. “He jumped even better in the jump-off than in the first round, I just tried to keep it smooth and go as fast as he is capable of at this stage of his career.
“I believe each horse is very individual and has its own character,” Scott continued. “However, his mother is a pony and what I can see in him is sometimes are some of those features – he’s very clever, very quick and a real winner!”
France’s Nicolas Deseuzes settled for second on Quilane De Lezeaux with fellow countryman Olivier Robert in third aboard Eros. Four faults dropped Emma Stoker on the Contendro I 14-year-old Townhead Annie into seventh and Laura Renwick’s bid ended in nine faults to put Bintang II into 11th.
Just 0.05 sec kept Laura from the top spot of the 43-horse gold 1.35m two-phase and she had to settle for second place with the Obos Quality 10-year-old MHS Washington. Scott was also double clear on the nine-year-old Hello Senator for sixth spot.
Jemma Kirk – already twice a winner during the tour – posted another win on the consistent Tchoupi Pironniere, the L’amour Du Bois 11-year-old claiming victory with one whole second in hand in the gold 1.30m. Laura rode Sharon Whiteway’s seven-year-old Nabab De Reve daughter Novita Jovial Z into third in this 23-strong speed class. Two time faults put Tim Wilks and Knock Out Vant Paradijs into 10th place.
But Tim scored his own win in the silver 1.30m speed, riding the nine-year-old Whitaker/Ferro mare Exclusive into the top spot by 0.15 sec in the 62-entry class.
Tim was also in contention for the silver 1.40m grand prix on Kay, returning with more than two sec in hand in the 13-horse decider, but a rail down proved costly and the eight-year-old Echo Van Het Neerenbosch stallion dropped to seventh spot. France’s Valentine Belooussoff took the win on Clearlake.
Kayleigh Watts posted victory in the bronze 1.40m two-phase, outpacing all 20 rivals to win by 0.96 sec with the nine-year-old mare Fashion V.
Consistently placed throughout the week, Emily Renouf rode to a win in the bronze 1.10m speed with Golden Heart, the Irish-bred Golden Trump 12-year-old finishing with an impressive 5.80 sec to spare. Four faults dropped Amy Addison and Roccdato to seventh.
Andrew Davies picked up third in the bronze 1.30m speed with the 10-year-old Denver V (Berlin/Indoctro), finishing more than five sec behind the pace.
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