Emily Ward topped a hot 1.40m speed in Vilamoura, Portugal, on the Atlantic tour with Wild Rose, taking victory by a tiny fraction.
Seventy-nine contended but Emily and the Oklund/Cavalier 15-year-old were on song to take the win by just 0.04 sec.
The competition was tight with only 0.23 sec separating the top three with Emma Stoker filling third spot on the 14-year-old Townhead Annie (Contendro I/For Pleasure) and Sammie Jo Coffin took fourth aboard the Lupicor year-old 15-year-old Willem De Lux. Nicole Pavitt guided the home-bred eight-year-old Paris 16 (Don VHP Z/Quo Vadis) into sixth and also picked up ninth on Flavio. Steadier clears earned Jackson Reed-Stephenson 17th and 18th on Dante and Casparow, Graham Babes took 20th on Ecosse and Philip Spivey finished 21st on Darya I Nur.
Nicole was best Brit in the day’s big class, the 1.45m speed, guiding Virginia Quine’s Victor Blue into fourth, the 16-year-old looking a s fresh as ever after a six month break. Ninety-two came forward with Nicole finishing 1.38 sec behind the winner, France’s Julien Gonin on Well Done.
Miles O’Donnell was only 0.02 sec in arrears for fifth on the Contendro I 12-year-old Borsato and Laura Renwick eased Bintang into seventh. Nicole also claimed 10th spot on second ride Gemmarco 16 and Sammie Jo provided a steadier clear for 17th place aboard Bellamy II.
Graham claimed seventh in the 70-strong 3* 1.35m speed on Farao M, the Verdi eight-year-old finishing 3.20 sec behind the pace. Nicole jumped the Colestus eight-year-old Cornet into 13th place and Alicia Page filled 15th spot on the Lordanos nine-year-old Illusion VI.
Chloe Aston netted third in the 84-entry 1.30m speed with the 11-year-old Hebron VB (Lord Z/Lys De Darmen), 0.68 sec off the pace. Graham Babes slotted the nine-year-old Epinal into seventh with Charlotte Meikle in 13th on Virginia, Elliott Dowler took 17th on For Gotti and Jackson Reed-Stephenson jumped the steadiest of the clears for 21st on Fendiela.
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