The Brits were on fine form in Oliva Nova, Spain, with Emily Moffitt and Matt Sampson in a tussle for the top spot of the feature gold 1.45m grand prix with Emily coming out on top by a short head.
Eleven of the 57 starters tackled the jump-off but Emily had all the answers on Tipsy Du Terral, the 11-year-old Toulon mare racing ahead under Emily’s guidance to take victory by 0.67 sec.
“Tipsy is always right there for me and will try that little extra,” she said.
Matt gave her a run for her money, slotting the big-jumping Clinton/Heartbreaker nine-year-old Ebolensky into second spot. Alice Palmer also featured in the jump-off but eight faults dropped the Luidam eight-year-old Essenar Crixus down to 11th.
But Matt landed a win in the gold 1.40m two-phase on Doriena, outpacing all 73 rivals on Dale Burnham’s Cardento 10-year-old to win by 2.72 sec. Alice Watson slotted the Cevin Z 13-year-old Billy Lemon into third with Will Edwards on the Chacco-Blue/Heartbreaker eight-year-old SHW Candies B in fifth just ahead of sixth-placed Flo Norris on the Quasimodo Z 10-year-old Donatella L’Espoir. Mark Armstrong was 11th on Areeb OL with Adrian Whiteway aboard Enrico and Ben Maher with F One USA also posting double clears for 13th and 17th.
Carmen Edwards jumped to the top in the bronze 1.40m, heading the 13-horse decider on Geodina HS, the Bodinus/Corland seven-year-old taking the win with 0.27 sec. Bethanie Knight returned a double clear on torino for ninth with Kayleigh Watts in 11th on clear and four on Kilbarron Rue and Anna Wilks finished 13th with La Force De Tamerville.
Claire Beecroft galloped into second spot on the 79-horse bronze 1.30m speed with Vanda Cartier, the 12-year-old Lord Z mare finishing just over three sec behind the winning time. Kayleigh Watts eased the Plot Blue seven-year-old Unex Garcon Du Lui into fifth with Sasha Woodhouse in eighth on Babylon and Carmen ninth aboard Happy Valerie.
Brits filled five of the top six places in the 80-entry bronze 1.20m two-phase, Jo Mcglory taking the win on Endarlo by just 0.05 sec. Imogen Beecroft finished second on Untouchable just ahead of Ronnie Jones on Derawley Lady and Julie Slade’s Nicholas 55 in third and fourth. Richard Barton was sixth on TGF Couleur Gold with Madeleine Kellett (SHW Early Dawn), Nissi Ladell (Exclusive Van’t Schaaphof), Romilly Simmons (Avicci) and Madeleine’s second ride Heolieta M in eighth to 11th. Isabelle Watson on Luxalike and Lauren McCarthy’s Darcy also posted double clears for 15th and 20th.
Emma Howell jumped into second in the 13-strong 1.10m jump-off on the Irish-bred 10-year-old Cill Na Habhainn 1.15 sec off the pace. Lucy Wood slotted the six-year-old Hobalo into fourth with four faults dropping Adrienne Howells and Billy Fagin down to 12th.
Daniella Stapleton eased the eight-year-old Fire into sixth place in the 29-strong gold 1.30m speed almost 12 sec off the pace.
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