Graham Babes features in the world ranking class in Vilamoura

Cool-headed and stylish, Graham Babes jumped into second in the 3* 1.45m with Boucheron at Vilmoura, Portugal, on the Atlantic tour.

Fifty-one initially contended this class with 11 going forward to the jump-off with Graham and the Valentino/Burggraaf 12-year-old slotting into the runner-up position 1.13 sec beind the winner.  Ireland’s Mikey Pender claimed victory on the Darco/Oklund eight-year-old Dome Van Overis Z – produced in Britain by Mark and Lauren Williams.

James Wilson provided the steadiest of the double clears for fourth on Townhead Imagine De Muze ahd four faults dropped Douglas Duffin and Quidam B Z down to seventh.

Emily Ward jumped into second in Sunday’s 61-strong 1.40m speed with Wild Rose, the Oklund/Cavalier 15-year-old finishing more than two sec adrift of the winner.  Graham slotted the Verdi eight-year-old Farao M into third with Jackson Reed-Stephenson in sixth on the Vagabond De La Pomme eight-year-old Exception.  Emma Stoker guided Everton De Villee into eighth with Tim Page 15th on Quick Contender and Will Fletcher produced the steadiest of the clears to claim 19th on Tiger Bright.

A delighted Will Fletcher was best Brit in the 3* 1.50m with fifth place on Persimmon, marking the Salute R 13-year-old first 3* grand prix.  Only 10 of the 47 starters reached the jump-off with Will and Persimmon returning on four faults this time out to drop to fifth.  Emily and the 11-year-old Millioninmind also posted clear and four for ninth place while Laura Renwick and Bintag were the fastest four faulters in round one for 11th.

 

Chloe Aston topped the 1.30m two-phase with the 11-year-old Hebron VB (Lord Z/Lys De Darmen), claiming a .089 sec win.  Charlotte Meikle took sixth on Virginia 188 just ahead of Laura Mantel in seventh on Lady Caretino and Graham aboard Epinal in eighth.  Richard Jenkinson on Cobalt II and Tim Page on Wild Balou Bill also posted clears for 16th and 17th.

Richard also picked up fourth in Saturday’s 1.20m speed on the Caretino 14-year-old Culto, almost five sec adrift of the winner.  Lucy Turner slotted Fantasy into seventh with Nissi Sabina Ladell in 14th on Exclusive Vant Schaaphof and Alex Somerville-Cotton finished 15th aboard Rubi Q.

Douglas rode into second in the 66-horse 1.30m speed on Moonface JX, the eight-year-old Clarius/Couleur Rubin mare just 0.12 sec behind the winner.  Laura finished fourth on Alothain De Blondel with Graham in sixth on Cluedo II.  Chloe claimed 10th on Hebron VB and Emma Stoker posted clears for 14th and 21st with Townhead Liberty V and Townhead Tallulah V.

Graham and the Caretino/Contender nine-year-old Cluedo slotted into second place in the 54-strong 3* 1.35m speed, 1.15m off the pace.  Laura Renwick jumped into fifth on Follyfoot Dolce Vita DB Z and Laura Mantel claimed eighth on Coraquina Z.  Tim Page finished 13th on Shiraz II, Jackson was 15th on Fendiela, Will and Tiger Bright took 19th and Emma Stoker was also clear on Townhead Tallulah for 21st.

Nissi claimed second in both Saturday and Sunday’s 1.10m classes.  She was two sec behind the pace in the final 1.10m speed on the 13-year-old Ayonie.  Kimberly White netted third on First Lady and Sophie Stockdale filled fourth spot on Hella.

On Saturday, Sophie and Hella finished in third behind Nissi and Ayonie with Kimberly and First Lady sixth. 

Louis Frost topped the 1.20m two-phase with the 10-year-old De Pokemon, claiming a 1.30 sec advantage.  Alex Somerville-Cotton guided the seven-year-old mare Rubi Q into fourth with Nissi in seventh on Exclusive Vant Schaaphof, Lucy Turner took 10th aboard Fantasy II and James Wilson’s steady clear on Gainesboro finished 17th.

 

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