Kirstie Leightley claims a Derby victory in Le Touquet


Kirstie Leightley claimed victory in the 1.40m Derby in Le Touquet, France, riding Thais D’La Verriere for Guy Williams.

Four of the 14 starters posted clears but Kirstie has learned a thing or two about speed from her boss and raced ahead on the 11-year-old Thais to take victory by more than seven sec. Ireland’s Trevor Breen took second with the Billy Congo 12-year-old Billy Drizzle. Eight faults put Chloe Aston and Amigo T into eighth.

Trevor again had to settle for second in the 64-strong seven-year-old 1.35m on Zilton SL Z (Zirocco Blue VDL/Indoctro) 0.84 sec off the pace. James was also double clear for 11th on Gossip SA.

Jay Buxton jumped into third in the 3* 1.40m speed with the Arturo 8 15-year-old High Offley Arturos Catch, finishing 3.22 sec behind the pace. James Wilson eased Townhead Imagine De Muze into seventh with Lance Whitehouse and Bazento picking up one time fault for eighth.

Andrew Davies slotted Centaura into fifth in the 1* 1.30m, four faults in the second round dropping the Cento 14-year-old down the line. Giorgia Distefano also posted clear and four with Cassia DS for seventh.

Clear and eight put Polly Shaw and the 12-year-old Galano Ter Klomp into 10th in the 57-strong 1.25m, where 12 contended the jump-off.

One time fault in round one of the 3* 1.40m denied Nigel Coupe and Jubilee III a jump-off chance and they finished 15th. Shane Breen picked up two time faults on Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker for 16th and Guy Williams had four faults with Dalton D’Hoyo.

Julie Slade jumped an easy clear on the Billy Mexico 10-year-old Billy Gogo in the 117-strong amateur 1.25m speed for 12th more than five sec behind the pace.

In Palaiseau, France, Louise Morley finished third in the seven-year-old 1.35m speed on the Kashmir Van Schttershof sired Lyon Van De Plataan and also picked up eighth with the Darco mare Langgeleden. And Louise partnered the 18-year-old Marcolas G to take sixth in the 2* 1.30m speed.

Sarah Barker claimed ninth in the 56-strong 1.20m on Vifdeva, the Toulon/Diamant De Semilly nine-year-old finishing nine sec behind the winner.

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy Natalie Tinworth

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