Laura Mantel held off serious challenges from her namesake Laura Renwick to land the seven-year-old in Vilamoura, Portugal, with Jo Linton’s Gerdien 2 Van De Oldenhoff.
Seventy-one contended this speed class but a determined Laura Mantel found all the short options on the Hos D’O/Vaillant mare Gerdien to secure the top spot by 0.78 sec. Laura Renwick – already a multi-winner here on the Atlantic tour – chased hard to take second on the home-bred Arkuga (Arko/Heartbreaker) and fourth aboard Sharon Whiteway’s Novita Jovial Z (Nabab De Reve/Carthago Z).
Nicole Pavitt took seventh and eighth on the Waitaki gelding Goldstar and the Padinus gelding Gianni HC and Philip Spivey finished 11th on the Romanov daughter Alicerova. James Wilson guided Gossip SA into 15th with Nick Benterman 17th aboard Carry On 13 and Emma Stoker also jumped clear on Balzane Du Mazes.
Brits dominated the six-year-old with 10 in the top 12 places. Vanessa Jobson-Scott found the quickest route on the Windows VH Costers/Nabab De Reve mare Muna VD Bisschopto take the win by 0.29 sec with fellow Brit Graham Babes and Ma Fleur JS (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Cassini II) in second. Jude Burgess slotted Hartbreker GB (Crespo VDL/Numero Uno) into fourth just ahead of Emily Ward’s Tilla Flamenco (Je T’Aime Flamenco/Hattrick) in fifth, Sophie Fawcett in sixth on Cedric (Catoo/C-Trenton Z) and Graham with second ride Carlingfords On The Rocks (Valent/Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan).
The clear rounds kept coming, Nicole Pavitt took ninth on Verdi’s Mexico, Lauren Edwards finished 10th on Breit Star, Colin Keeling claimed 11th with Milly Mexico and Megan Williams rode Mistral V’T Dauwhof into 12th. Tom Lloyd was 14th on Shakira, Laura Renwick took 16th on Harmonia, Emma Stoker took 17th with Grand Stakkato and Jackson Reed-Stephenson (Haileys) and Sammie Jo Coffin (Cyclone II) also posted clears.
Emma also finished third in the 1.25m speed on Clarence, the Clarimo/Marlon six-year-old finishing 0.79 sec behind the pace.
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