Vanessa Jobson-Scott hit immediate form with Muna VD Bisschop, claiming victory in the six-year-old speed on day one in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Fifty-two tackled this class with Vanessa and the Windows VH Costers/Nabab De Reve mare Muna taking the win with 1.92 sec in hand. Laura Renwick made it a British one-two with second place aboard Maverick (Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker) and other Brits dominated the lower places with steadier clears.
Emma Stoker guided the Graf Top/Stakkato stallion Grand Stakkato into fourth and also picked up sixth on Gotha De Baudignies (Ugano Sitte/Darco), sandwiching Jude Burgess into fifth on Hartbreker GB (Crespo VDL/Numero Uno). Sophie Fawcett jumped into seventh with Billy Jackson (Billy Congo/Andiamo) and Emma also finished eighth on Clarence (Clarimo/Marlon). Lauren Edwards took 10th on Carumba and 14th with Breit Star and Nicole Pavitt finished 12th on Verdi’s Mexico.
Laura Renwick posted her usual speedy yet smooth round to top the seven-year-old with MHS Sanfrancisco, heading the 56-strong speed class on the Quidam Junior/Cavalier Royale mare to win by 0.29 sec.
Laura Mantel was just 0.31 sec behind for third place aboard Jo Linton’s Gerdien 2 Van De Oldenhoff (Hos d’O/Vaillant) with Laura Renwick also picking up fifth on the home-bred Arko daughter – out of her top speed mare Beluga, a daughter of Heartbreaker. Graham Babes eased Glencoe (Chellthargo Z/Numero Uno) into sixth with Tim Page’s Balou Du Rouet/VDL Arkansas stallion Wild Balou Bill in seventh and Chloe Aston aboard Flavie Van De Helle (Carlow Van De Helle/Carvallo) taking eighth. Nicole Pavitt claimed 11th and 14th with Gianni HC and Goldstar, Skye Higgin was also clear on Balkana Du Tillard and Baucis D’Ouilly to fill 16th and 21st and James Wilson took 17th on Gossip SA.
Twenty-nine five-year-olds jumped clear in their age class to share first prize equally, including 13 Brits.
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