Nicole Pavitt leads the way in Vilamoura


Brits made a great start in the seven-year-old final in Vilamoura, Portugal, filling three of the top four places in the first round of the Young Horse European Cup for seven-year-olds with Nicole Pavitt in prime position.

Fifty-four contended this speed section over a 1.45m track with Nicole taking the top spot on Gianni HC (Padinus/Landon) by 0.56 sec. Graham Babes claimed second with Glencoe (Chellthago/Numero Uno) with Chloe Aston fourth on Flavie Van De Helle (Carlow Van De Helle/Carvallo) and Lauren Edwards took sixth on Kesara (Kannan/Grandilot). Laura Renwick filled ninth spot on Arkuga with Emma Stoker in 11th on Cool Cash and Sophie Fawcett picked up one time fault on Diamino Blue for 17th.

Graham Babes claimed second and third on the first day of the six-year-old final in a 53-strong speed class. Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet took the win on Caramba with Graham only 0.31 sec in arrears on the Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Cassini II mare Ma Fleur JS for second place. He also guided Carlingfords On The Rocks (Valent/Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan) into third 0.41 sec further behind.

Sophie Fawcett claimed seventh on Cedric (Catoo/C-Trenton Z) and 12th on Billy Jackson and Emma Stoker finished ninth, 10th and 14th on Gotha De Baudignies, Happynes and Grand Stakkato. Sammie Jo Coffin on Cyclone II and Laura Renwick’s Harmonia also provided clear rounds to take 17th and 19th.

Chloe was a fraction away from victory in the five-year-old, just 0.38 sec keeping her from the win on Nistria Chanti Z (Nabab De Reve/Diamant De Semilly). Sophie Fawcett eased Intense N (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Argentinus) into fourth and also took eighth on Calson with Charlotte Falck seventh on Billy Conveyor, Jackson Reed-Stephenson ninth aboard Cevin’s Heartbreaker and Colin Keeling filled 10th spot on Tiptoe CE. Emma Stoker (Illonois) and Philip Spivey (Cantona II) also posted clears for 12th and 14th and Nicole Pavitt had more than two sec in hand for victory on Idanibur W but a rail down dropped them to 15th.

Skye Higgon was declared the winner in the 1.15m speed with the only clear on the six-year-old stallion Gotcha.

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