Jemma Kirk claims another win in Oliva Nova

February 15, 2018

Jemma Kirk is on a roll with the ultra-consistent Tchoupi Pironniere and scored her seventh win in Oliva Nova with the French-bred 11-year-old.  Sixty-seven tackled the gold 1.30m two-phase and the pair raced ahead to win with by 0.87 sec.  Roger McCrea posted a steadier double clear for 12th on the eight-year-old stallion Faltic HB (Baltic VDL/Concorde). 

Jemma also jumped into third in the five-year-old 1.15m two-phase on the selle Francais gelding Diamonds Are Unique (Diamant De Semilly/Apache D Adries) four sec behind the pace.  Aled Harding guided Icarus (Castell Caretino/Nintender) into fourth with Shane O’Meara fifth and seventh on Oakingham Dollar (Warrant/Flipper D Elle) and Oakingham Euro (Je T’Aime Flamenco/Chacco Blue), sandwiching Mark Armstrong into sixth aboard the Nabab De Reve daughter Nura Lta.  Also double clear was Patrick Joyce on the Plot Blue/Ustinov stallion Oakingham Rival and Ben Raistrick’s Invisible for ninth and 10th places.

Forty of the 78 starters jumped clear in the gold 1.40m speed, Jemma giving Quelisto an easy trip to finish 20th, some 13 sec behind the winner, France’s Harold Boisset, on Verone De La Roque.

Ben Raistrick steered Top Limit into second spot in the silver 1.25m speed, the evergreen Calvados 18-year-old breaking the beam 1.20 sec off the pace.  Jo McGlory slotted the Indoctro 15-year-old Witro into fourth with Shane O’Reilly sixth on the Mozart Des Hayettes seven-year-old Belga Du Thot, Roger McCrea ninth aboard the 14-year-old selle Francais stallion Quatro D’Ete and Ashley Ray picked up 10th on the Balou Du Rouet 13-year-old Fleur Du Rouet.  Jemma was also clear on the nine-year-old Vivalto Du Breuil to take 20th place in the 78-strong class.

Scott Brash smoothly guided Hello Franklin into third in the seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase, the talented Billy Mexico/Goodtimes gelding bred by Mandy and Emma McGlynn finishing 1.43 sec behind the pace.  Roger McCrea was also double clear with Bigstar Derick (Popstar Lozonais/Klotaire Do Moulin) to take fifth in the 46-strong class.

Alexandra Thornton was best Brit in the world ranking, 62-strong 1.45m speed, taking 12th with a steady clear on the 11-year-old mare Henna De Goedereede (Argentinus/Heartbreaker), more than 12 sec behind the winner, France’s Julien Epaillard on Safari D Auge.

Steven Franks eased Amethyst into 10th place in the mammoth 106-entry silver 1.35m speed, the Quicksilver nine-year-old finishing just over four sec behind the winner.

 

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