Brits filled the top two places in the gold 1.30m on the MET II in Oliva Nova, Spain, Steven Franks denying Jemma Kirk his seventh win at the is show by 0.70 sec.
Thirty-four tackled this speed class with Steven claiming the upper hand on the 12-year-old Billy Congo mare Billy Ginger. Jemma slotted her ultra-consistent multi-winner Tchoupi Pironniere into second spot. Shane O’Reilly guided the Ustinov nine-year-old Elvira into fifth and Roger McCrea posted a steadier clear for 18th on Faltic HB – both British-based Irishmen riding for Oakingham Stud.
Shane posted a round one clear in the 59-strong world ranking gold 1.45m grand prix to join the 21-horse jump-off, but four faults in the decider dropped the selle Francais 10-year-old Uno Du Thot down to 18th place. France’s Julien Epaillard on the 12-year-old Diamant De Semilly stallion Safari D Auge took the win with almost two sec in hand over Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca with De Flipper.
Gemma Wright jumped into sixth place in the bronze 1.30m speed with On Board Candy, the Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Cavalier Royale eight-year-old finishing 7.73 sec behind the winner in the 68-strong class. Ben Raistrick was also clear for 12th on Jinja Von Der Weretherbach.
British-based Irishman Patrick Joyce eased Fort Blue into sixth in the 56-strong bronze 1.20m two-phase, the Plot Blue/Cavalier eight-year-old finishing 2.49 sec off the pace. Jo McGlory guided Cool Star into 14th and Emily Renouf also jumped double clear on Golden Heart for 16th.
An easy double clear in the bronze 1.10m handed Patrick seventh place on the six-year-old Oakingham Francessca (Action Breaker/Stakkato), 2.79 sec behind the pace.
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