The Brits are on fire in the sizzling hot Spanish sun


Brits were on form on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de La Frontera with several victories to their credit.

Such were the massive entries in the 62-horse big tour B 1.40m, the class was split. Matt Sampson raced ahead in the section A two-phase to take victory on the Indorado 10-year-old Dy Korette with 0.53 sec in hand over fellow Brit Holly Smith on the 12-year-old April IV. Peter Charles was two sec adrift for sixth on Damn Smooth and British-based American Laura Kraut eased SFS Vincomte into seventh.

Harry Charles was also penalty-free on second ride Victor for 13th.

Laura was 0.70 sec behind the pace in the section B 1.40m with Whitney for second. Phillip Miller eased Da Vinci into sixth two sec off the pace and William Funnell posted a steady double clear for 15th on Billy Angelo.

Harry eased Controe into fourth in the big tour D world ranking 1.50m. Twenty-three of the 74 starters posted round one clears to access the jump-off with Harry and the Wender R/Iroko 11-year-old crossing the line just 1.03 sec behind the pace. France’s Olivier Robert took the win on Eros.

Trevor Breen eased Bombay into eighth and Harry’s London 2012 gold medallist Peter was also double clear on ABC Quantum Cruise for 10th. Holly Smith was delighted with the nine-year-old Hearts Destiny, who stepped up to also prove penalty-free and finish 12th. Clear and four dropped Dan Neilson to 20th with Newton Nickel and Harriet Nuttall (Galway Bay Jed) and Ben Walker (Roulette H) returned clear and eight for 21st and 22nd.

Jay Buxton was 3.24 sec behind the pace in the 61-strong big tour C two-phase 1.45m for 10th on the Arturo 8 15-year-old High Offley Arturos Catch. Jamie Gornall steered Carsten into 16th, Ireland’s Richard Howley finished 18th on Electra B, Tom Whitaker took 20th on Ebelina W and Harry Charles (Sieco) and Ellen Whitaker (Arena UK Winston) also posted steady clears.

Faye Adams secured second spot in the big tour A2 1.35m speed on the Indoctro 14-year-old Zaire just 0.17 sec off the pace. Joe Whitaker was just a tenth of a sec behind for third on Urbino De La Roque and Chloe Winchester slotted Ragga Muffin and Campino 457 into fifth and sixth.

Chloe also claimed third in the big tour A1 speed on the Irish 11-year-old Sportsfield Our Clare, 1.88 sec behind the winner. Leonie Aitkenhead was close behind for fourth on D.Millfield Darin with Alison Barton (Doriena) and Phillip Miller (Warriors Crème) taking eighth and ninth. Faye Adams claimed 14th and 18th with Jackpot VI and Fiva La Diva while James Davenport eased One Atlantic Wave into 16th and Jake Saywell was also clear for 23rd on Darco Native.

Brits filled four of the top five places in the medium tour B 1.35m two-phase, Simon Crippen lifting the top spot on the 14-year-old Grand Pilot I daughter Atlanta VIII, 0.30 sec in front of Jodie Hall-McAteer with Colette and her sister Ellie in third aboard Dazzle II. Charlie Jones steered Clear Lasina into fifth and also picked up 10th on Elpaola. Kayleigh Watts netted 11th on Colton Playtime with Max Routledge 14th on Warriors Glory, Allan Clutterbuck took 19th on Urlevent Du Bary, Morgann Kent eased Drumcarrick Verdi into 22nd, Chris Moorhouse was just 0.01 sec behind for 23rd on Castle Rock and Karl Robins finished 25th on Stapleton Mist.

Georgie Crumley scored a win in the medium tour A 1.30m with the Dulf Van Den Bisschop 11-year-old Haifa OL, clinching the win with 3.72 sec to spare. Ashley Harrison rode Felicite into third with Brandon Lovely on Fantaland fifth and Tara McDonald in eighth and 17th on Fygo Von D Ouew Grint and Chippo Z. Jodie was 19th on Fantom and Joanne Whitaker finished 21st with Areba II.

Brits dominated the small tour C 1.25/1.30m, filling the top five places. Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) raced away with the win on the Lupicor 11-year-old Casti Aneira with more than two sec in hand over Andrew Davies and Centaura. Polly Gredley claimed third on Unex Omega Star ahead of Ellie Archdeacon in fourth on Diangelo and fifth-placed Orla Morrin on Adonis. Georgie Crumley took eighth on Renkum Centre Star with Phoebe Tiernan 13th on Didi, Abbe took 15th on second ride Booming Blue Z, Sophie Bennett was 16th on Cirmosa and Megan Bills took 18th on Solisto.

The small tour B 1.15/1.20m was separated into two sections with Kerry Grimster landing the top two in the section B two-phase on the Winningmood 12-year-old Boombastic and the 16-year-old Billy Grand, almost two sec splitting the two. Julie Slade was a further two sec behind for fourth on Nicholas 55, Sarah Borthwick slotted Farianne into ninth and Louise Stoner was also double clear for 14th on Oscar Zee.

Stacey Willsone was more than three sec off the pace for third in section A on Steady The Helm. Kendall Neath guided Cillia B into fourth ahead of Alice Codd in fifth on Seapatrick Dougalina and Polly Gredley in sixth on Unex Clintan MB. Brandon Lovely finished ninth on Rodrigo with Jodie Hall-McAteer 13th on Kobie just ahead of Julie Slade’s Billy Gogo in 14th.

Jodie was just 0.56 sec off the pace for third in the 61-strong medium tour C 1.40m speed on Ninkie De Vy Z. Kayleigh Watts was hot on her heels for fourth with Kilbarron Rue with Simon Crippen’s Temple Claudius sixth and Chris Smith on Notis Me in seventh. Clears came thick and fast, Lucy Warren taking 15th on Deltina, Steven Whitaker guided Evita W into 18th place, Tim Wilks eased Kay into 21st just in front of Sienna Charles in 22nd with Chaitanya 2.

Brits filled the top three in the small tour A 1.05/1.10m, Rachael Evison landing the top spot on the French-bred 12-year-old Scylla D’Ouilly with more than six sec in hand over Ellie Hall McAteer in second on TJ Quincy and Jake Ward’s Falballa De Messitert in third. Anna Robins guided Karakorum UK Z into 12th, Camilla Bingham claimed 16th on Billy Belle, Kyle Bedford netted 18th on Polly Em, Mgan Bills finished 20th on Gazelle and Alice Codd took 22nd on Wisbeach Congos Joy.

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