The final day of the five-week Spanish sunshine tour ended on a high for Trevor Breen, the British-based Irishman landing the 4* Invitational grand prix on Bombay just 24 hours after heading the big tour grand prix.
“I have had a spectacular weekend here,” said Trevor.
Eleven of the 49 starters made their way into the jump-off with initial clears over Italian course-designer Uliano Vezzani’s 1.55m track, but none were a match for Trevor. Already on form after taking the previous day’s top-billed class on the Lord Z/Bon Ami 11-year-old, Trevor made use of this mare’s big stride to cover the ground in the magnificent David Broome grass arena to win with 0.43 sec in hand.
“I’m delighted to finish the tour off in this way, the footing in the arena is fantastic and Bombay just keeps getting better and better,” said Trevor, who pocketed 25,000 euro for his efforts.
Harriet Nuttall was best Brit in third on the Romanov/Lux 10-year-old Galway Bay Jed, 1.68 sec in arrears with Holly Smith also double clear on the promising Heart Throb nine-year-old Hearts Destiny for fifth. William Funnell returned on four faults with Billy McCain to take 10th and Harry Charles posted eight with Controe to take 11th. Phillip Miller produced the fastest four faults in round one to take 13th on Brendon Stud’s Unbelievable Lady.
British-based Irishman Richard Howley was 1.32 sec off the pace for second in the small 1.45m grand prix on the Cruisings Micky Finn/Lux Z 10-year-old Cruising Star. Twenty-seven of the initial 85 posted round one clears with Harry Charles claiming fifth on Vivaldi Du Dom. Billy Twomey guided Eindhoven GH into ninth and Alexandra Thornton eased Henna De Goedereede into 11th spot just ahead of David McPherson on Jimcy Du Lys and Ben Walker aboard Native Warrior in 12th and 13th. Phillip Miller on Warratino and Jordan’s Gann’s Billy Jean Bird Avenue also posted clears in exactly the same time to share 15th place and Max Routledge returned on two time faults for 19th with Firkov Du Rouet.
Morgan Kent slotted the Verdi/Padinus nine-year-old Drumconnick Verdi into second in the invitational medium tour eight-horse decider, finishing 1.14 sec behind the winner. Scarlett Charles was also clear on the Quidams Rubin 15-year-old Quick Stepp for fifth place.
Kayleigh Watts was 0.99 sec away from victory in the invitational small tour on the eight-year-old Colton Playtime – by Dokkum De Railfo and out of the prolific European pony medallist Colton Maelstrom – taking second in the 15-strong jump-off. Carron Nicol was close behind for third on Nistria V/D Winning Z and Brandon Lovely guided Carron’s home-bred Fantaland into fourth just ahead of Polly Gredley in fifth on Unex Clintan MB. Lulu Warren provided the steadiest of the jump-off clears for eighth on Dera B and 12 faults dropped Abbe Elliott down to 12th on Javko Du Flory in a 27-horse decider.
Brits filled the top three places in the big tour A 1.30m two-phase, Holly Smith proving the fastest with the consistent 12-year-old April IV to win by just 0.20 sec. Joe Whitaker took second on Urbino De La Roque, pushing his brother Tom into third on Peppercorn. James Davenport produced the steadiest of the double clears on One Atlantic Wave for 14th.
Chloe Winchester was more than eight sec behind the pace for fifth in the 47-strong big tour B 1.40m table C speed on the Sandro Boy 11-year-old Sheyenne 27. Keith Shore was close behind in sixth on Coriander Van’t Vennehof with Phillip Miller in seventh aboard Da Vinci and Faye Adams filled ninth spot on Demograaf. David McPherson slotted Dirka Des Brumes into 12th with Ben Walker 13th on Genius Contender and Simon Crippen guided Atlanta VIII into 14th. Faye also claimed 19th on Jackpot VI ahead of Richard Howley in 20th and 21st on Air Lupicor Z and Ayemonte BG Z.
Harriet eased the Ol Metta/Kannan 10-year-old Dulf into third in the 29-horse big tour A 1.35m 5.66 sec off the pace. Trevor jumped Billy Drizzle into fourth with Chloe in eighth on Sportsfield Our Clare and Harriet also picked up 10th on Silver Lift.
Charlie Jones steered the home-bred Caetano nine-year-old Trezanti into fourth in the medium tour 1.35m speed, 4.36 sec behind the pace. Chris Smith claimed seventh on Hard To Beat with Charlie also taking eighth on El Paola and Kayleigh Watts slotted Ebriolita into ninth. Phoebe Tiernan eased Didi into 16th in this 53-horse class with Joe Veitch in 19th on Nibors Aston, Carron Nicol was 20th on Conlando 55 and Charlotte Horne was also clear on Ferdi M for 21st.
Faye Adams was best Brit in the ladies, taking fifth on the Zacharov/No Limit eight-year-old Fiva La Vida, 3.52 sec off the pace. Carron Nicol rode Finnegan D into ninth with Deborah Jackson on Winning Girl Z in 10th, Jodie Hall-McAteer finished 11th on Fantom and Tania Moody took 12th on Reine Du Very. Four faults dropped others down the line, Chloe Winchester on The Dude claimed 14th, Polly Gredley was 15th on Unex Omega Star, Abbe Elliott’s Wilandri E took 16th and Leonie Aitkenhead rode Jimmy Mack Van Berkenbroeck into 19th.
Brits filled the top two places in the small tour 1.10m speed, Hollie Pearce racing ahead on the Harlequin Du Carel 12-year-old Ryans Hollie to take the top spot by more than five sec. Jake Ward claimed second on Frederick VII and Sanda Nicol returned a steadier clear for 11th on Cobra Van Het Legitahof Z. And Kyle Bedford jumped a clear to take fourth in the small tour B 1.20m speed on Georgie Ricci, finishing more than 13 sec behind the pace.
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