Nicole Pavitt claims victory on the home-bred Xena 16 in Vilamoura


Nicole Pavitt hit winning form in the 1.40m speed in Vilamoura, Portugal, guiding the home-bred Xena 16 into the top spot.

Thirty-three contended here with Nicole securing victory on the Warrior/Equador eight-year-old by 0.19 sec. Laura Mantel was more than two sec off the pace for fifth on the nine-year-old NPS Andre (Nederland F/Animo) and Emma Stoker was right behind for sixth aboard the Contendro I/For Pleasure 14-year-old Townhead Annie.

Four of the top five places in the 3* 1.20m speed fell to British riders, Charlotte Meikle proving the fastest to take the top spot on Zicero D. Forty-five tackled this class with Charlotte gaining the win on the Quasimodo Z/Nimmerdor 14-year-old with 1.10 sec in hand. Jake Aston slotted the eight-year-old Krakow Van Het Genelaar (Nabab De Reve/Burggraaf) into second with Will Lewis in fourth on Titanic De Moisenais. Colin Keeling took fifth and eighth with Fantastic and Elexa.

Brits won all three of the classes on offer today, Charlotte Cox claimed victory in the 1* 1.10m with a flying round on Milenio 2, holding off her 33 rivals on the Animo 18-year-old to win by a handsome 2.89 sec. Will Lewis netted seventh on the Plot Blue six-year-old Hot Blue and also picked up 12th on Chapultepec Z with Lucy Turner in ninth aboard Fantasy II. Olivia Skinner guided Harov into 14th, Nicole took 16th and 18th with Holly and Hancoulavsca Fortuna and Emma Stoker provided the steadiest of the clears on Edward EH Z for 19th.

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