The Atlantic tour at Vilamoura, Portugal continued to be the Laura Renwick show as Britain’s top lady rider claimed victory in the top-billed 1.45m with Bintang for the second consecutive day.
The on-form Laura has headed many classes from 1.45m down to the age classes in Vilamoura, and here was no exception. Sixty-seven contended this 2* 1.45m speed class with Laura and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 12-year-old taking the win by 0.29 sec. France’s Julien Gonin settled for second on Well Done. Laura Mantel eased Liz Howes’ home-bred 11-year-old Glory B V (Caretino Glory/Animo) into fourth just 0.55 sec in arrears of the winning time and Will Fletcher jumped into ninth on Everytime Anywhere B. Jamie Wingrove guided Cardigan Z into 14th and James Wilson also posted a clear for 16th on Townhead Imagine De Muze.
Eighty-eight tackled the 1.40m with Emily Ward slotting Millioninmind into sixth place, the Ard VDL Douglas 11-year-old finishing 2.64 sec behind the pace in the 17-strong jump-off. Jamie Wingrove was one of five to return one time fault in round one and took 21st on Ephonie P.
Sophie Fawcett eased Quite Cadiz into second in the 61-entry 1.35m speed, the Quite Easy/Calypso II 17-year-old finishing 1.65 sec off the pace. Graham Babes claimed fourth and seventh on Farao M and Eccosse with Laura Renwick in sixth on Follyfoot Dolce Vita Z. Flo Norris claimed 12th on Super D Ysieux and Jackson Reed-Stephenson guided Casparow into 13th.
Graham was just 0.12 sec away from winning the 1.30m two-phase in a strong 90-horse class, but had to settle for second on the Caretino/Contender nine-year-old Cluedo II. Nick Benterman was 0.39 sec behind for third on Zorland D with Nicole Pavitt ninth on Zampa Z and Alicia Page was also double clear for 19th on Illusion VI.
Brits filled eight of the top 10 places in the 42-strong 1.20m speed, Jake Aston racing ahead to claim the win by 0.40 sec on the eight-year-old Krakow Van Het Genelaar (Nabab De Reve/Burggraaf). Alex Somerville-Cotton rode the nine-year-old Pro-Set daughter Promise into second and also claimed 10th on Rubi Q with Adele Rand on Calypso Blue third and Charlotte Meikle’s Zicero D in fourth. Barry Dove was sixth and eighth on Funderella and Ilka II, sandwiching Jake and second ride Argus Van Orshof Z into seventh. Skye Higgin posted the steadiest of the clears on Brooklyn De Larquey for 15th place.
Alicia Page topped the 1.10m in fine style on the 12-year-old Twitter (Ard VDL Douglas/Euro Clover) with 1.39 sec to spare in the 28-strong speed. Charlotte Miekle made it a British one-two with second on the Animo 18-year-old Milenio 2. Will Lewis finished seventh on Hot Blue with a clear and also picked up 11th on Chapultepec Z – four faults dropping them down the line.
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