Chloe Aston jumps to a win in Vilamoura
Chloe Aston outpaced all to take the top spot in the 71-horse 3* 1.35m speed in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Chloe claimed victory on Flavie Van De Helle, the seven-year-old Carlow Van De Helle mare taking the win by 0.55 sec. A steadier clear from Charlie Jones on the Chacco Blue eight-year-old Cachacco finished 16th.
David Simpson and James Smith were in the reckoning for the 3* 1.50m grand prix but the fences got in the way in the jump-off. Only seven of the 59 starters posted initial clears over a tough track with both James and David beating the time.
However, last-to-go David clipped just one fence on Charlotte Platt’s 10-year-old stallion Jenson 55 (Verdi/Padinus) and despite claiming more than two sec in hand, the four faults dropped them to fifth. James was 3.40 sec quicker on the Kannan 11-year-old Twix De La Roque, but two rails on the floor put them in seventh. Italy dominated with Juan Carlos Garcia taking the win on Cocodrillo with more than two sec in hand over fellow countryman Filippo Codecasa on Giulio 8.
Brits bunched together in the 79-strong 3* 1.30m speed. New Zealand’s Lisa Cubitt claimed the top two places on Encore and DG Legaland JO amost two sec ahead of Laura Renwick in third on the Diamant De Semilly eight-year-old Follyfoot Dolce Vita DB Z. Zak Beesley finished fourth and fifth on Sharon Whiteway’s Karandasj 13-year-old VDL Groep Alitta and Clinton II 10-year-old Diralda P with James in sixth on Olivers Diamond and Lulu Warren was ninth aboard Zeitgeist M2S. Jude Burgess rode Quite Feeling into 12th and Stacey Willsone was also clear for 14th on Newton Nickel.
Angela Eardley topped the 1* 1.10m by the narrowest of margins, just 0.01 sec taking victory on the Nonstop/Andiamo eight-year-old Forrella TS in the seven-horse jump-off. Stacey Willsone posted the steadiest of the double clears for sixth on the 15-year-old Alsager.
James returned an easy double clear in the 1.20m to finish eighth on the Carambole/Ahorn eight-year-old For Ever 1.88 sec off the pace. Louis Frost steered Quantum Trost into 15th with Stacey taking 19th on Cirrus in the 58-strong two-phase class.
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