An unbeatable Jemma Kirk claims her sixth win in Oliva Nova


Jemma Kirk recorded her sixth win with the ultra-consistent Tchoupi Pironniere at Oliva Nova, Spain, taking victory in the gold 1.35m speed.

Fifty-eight came forward but no-one could catch Jemma and the L’Amour Du Bois 11-year-old Tchoupi and they relegated Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer on Uderzo De Rance into second by 1.34 sec. Steven Franks eased the Cruising 20-year-old Carlow Cruiser into fifth and Ireland’s Roger McCrea picked up seventh with the eight-year-old stallion Davinci VD Bosrand Z (Diamant De Semilly/Carthago Z).

Ben Raistrick featured in both silver 1.30m speed classes – split into two section due to the mammoth entries. He raced into the top spot of the silver 1.30m speed with Top Limit. Sixty-one contended here but they were no match for this pair and Ben galloped into an impressive 4.30 sec victory on the Calvados/Wolfgang 18-year-old. A steady clear for Mark Armstrong and Juharah finished 23rd.

And Ben netted second in the B section of the silver 1.30m, finishing 2.24 sec behind the pace with the Fahad/Lauriston nine-year-old Mourinho. Brits were closely bunched here, Jo McGlory taking third on the Moschino 16-year-old Roscoes Muscarda with Steven Franks and the Quicksilber nine-year-old Amethyst in fourth.

Steven Franks guided Billy Ginger into second in the gold 1.30m accumulator, the 12-year-old Billy Congo daughter finishing 0.52 sec behind the pace. Mark Armstrong also scored a maximum but a steadier time put the Alba 69 eight-year-old Fabienne into seventh. Hitting the first fence to lose one point cost Ireland’s Roger McCrea dearly and it pushed the eight-year-old Baltic VDL stallion Faltic HB down the order to 17th.

Scott Brash was one of 10 clears in the gold 1.45m to join the jump-off, but four faults in round two on the Carambole/Indoctro nine-year-old Hello Senator put the air into 10th place. Steven was the fastest four-faulter in round one to take 13th on Abdul Aziz behind two riders on just one time fault each.

Gemma Wright came home clear in the bronze 1.40m speed to take 10th with the nine-year-old Ulrike Van Overis Z (Udarco Van Overis/Narcos II) more than eight sec behind the winner. Greece’s Hannah Mytilineou took the win on Laverin De Saar – a former ride of Graham Gillespie.

Ashley Ray jumped double clear in the bronze 1.30m two-phase to take eighth place on Care For, Oakingham Stud’s Careful/For Pleasure nine-year-old tripping the timing heads four sec in arrears of the winner. Jo McGlory eased the evergreen 19-year-old Camielo into 10th and Gemma was also penalty-free for 14th with On Board Candy.

Jo claimed 14th in the bronze 1.20m speed on Cool Star, 13 sec behind the pace. Patrick Joyce took 18th with Fort Blue ad Helen Cruden was also clear in this 74-strong class for 23rd on Dakar RS.

A steady clear eight sec behind the pace put Bethany Curtis and the eight-year-old mare Fae Singapore into 10th in the bronze 1.10m speed. A very steady clear dropped Patrick into 21st on Oakingham Stud’s Arindy Z.

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