Graham Babes is best Brit in the Vilamoura grand prix

Graham Babes posted a super double clear in the top-billed 1.45m grand prix to take fourth on Boucheron and round off week three in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Seventy-one initially took part with 16 posting round one clears to access the jump-off, Graham easing the Boucheron into another good clear over the raised and shortened track to finish just one place short of the podium in fourth, 1.62 sec behind the winner.  France dominated, filling the top three places, Olivier Guillon taking victory on Vitot Du Chateau with Felicie Bertrand second on Sultane Des Ibis and Titouan Schumacher’s Jaqui third.

Four faults dropped Philip Spivey and the 12-year-old Smirnov (Romanov II/Kannan) down to 12th.  Several Brits touted hard-luck stories in round one with just one mistake for four faults, including Will Fletcher (Persimmon), Nicole Pavitt (Gemmarco 16), Miles O’Donnell (Borsato), Emma Stoker (Townhead Ballulah) and Lauren Edwards (Ella Sandra G).   

Laura Renwick scored another win with Sharon Whiteway’s 12-year-old VDL Groep Alitta (Karandasj/Indoctro), taking the 85-strong 1.40m speed with 1.17 sec in hand.  Emily Ward slotted Wild Rose (Oklund/Cavalier) into fourth 1.85 sec in arrears with Nicole and Victor Blue in fifth.  Chloe Aston claimed seventh on Amigo T, Sammie Jo Coffin finished 13th aboard Bellamy II, Tim Page eased Quick Quintender into 15th and Jackson Reed-Stepehson took 19th on Exception.

Tim jumped into third in the 99-strong 1.30m accumulator on Laura Renwick’s Alothain De Blondel, the Newton De Kreisker/Heartbreaker eight-year-old finishing 3.10 sec behind the pace.  Nick Benterman guided Zorland D into fourth with Nicole on Zampa Z fifth,

Chloe Aston took sixth on Hope Van Orshof and Graham Babes clinched seventh aboard Epinal.  Jackson Reed-stephenson claimed 18th on Fendiela, Philip Spivey took 21st on Cadenza and Miles O’Donnell also posted a maximum score to take 23rd place on Connection.   

Will Lewis steered Titanic De Moisenais into second in the 1.20m two-phase, the selle Francais 11-year-old finishing 1.64 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet on Quinty Du Buisson.  Jake Aston was fractionally behind for third on Krakow Van Het Genelaar with British-based Joao Charlesworth riding for Portugal in fourth on Cupido II, Alex Somerville-Cotton jumped Promise into fifth and Charlotte Meikle took sixth on Ronaldo.  Elliott Dowler guided For Gotti into eighth, Colin Keeling took ninth on Fantastic, Charlotte also picked up 10th on second ride Zicero D, Barry Dove finished 13th on Germates and Skye Higgin’s steady double clear with Brooklyn De Larquey claimed 16th place.

Alicia Page had to settle for second place in the 33-horse 1.10m speed on Twitter, the 12-year-old Ard VDL Douglas/Euro Clover mare finishing 2.68 sec behind the pace.  Will Lewis guided Hot Blue into fourth with Lisa Hales sixth on SFS Arla and Nicole returned the steadiest of the clears for seventh on Hancoulavsca Fortuna.


Photos © Jumping Around & One Shot/Atlantic tour

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