The Brits were on fire in the age classes in Oliva Nova, Spain, with two wins and a second place. Jess Dimmock jumped to the top in the seven-year-old with the scopey, super-careful Billy Fleance.
Twenty-two of the initial 47 starters posted round one clears to access the jump-off with Jess and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico mare Fleance taking victory by 0.69 sec. Matt Sampson steered Cristo Beech (It’s the Business/Cantero) into second and Ben Maher took fourth on Ginger-Blue (Plot Blue/Royal Bravour).
Tony French netted ninth on Finnisk Castor with Megan James returning a double clear on Billy Zingo for 12th. Clear and four dropped Lucy Townley (Billy Kodak) and Alison Barton (Billy Rembrandt) to take 14th and 15th.
Brits filled five of the top six places in the 83-strong six-year-old 1.25m, Ronnie Jones proving the quickest to take the top spot on the Berlin/Rebel II Z stallion Bonaparte Z by 0.26 sec. Ruby Fryer guided Hallmark (Calvados Z/Guidam) into second with Joe Davison on the Cardento daughter Venezia in third, Bethanie Knight was fourth on Topmodel Van Overis Z (Tornesch/Diamant De Semilly) and Lucy Townley claimed sixth and ninth with the Billy Mexico mare Emmylou and Billy Mozette. Alice Watson finished 12th on Cloud No. 9 just ahead of Chris Moorhouse in 13th with Je Taime Aredis, Kerry Brennan took 16th on Hennesy, William Funnell was 17th on Billy Take That and Alice Palmer (Eowyn) and Megan James (Calistoga) also posted double clears for 20th and 21st.
Ronnie was on form, taking second and third in the 58-horse five-year-old 1.15m. He rode GRC Crimson (Arkansas/Ricardo Z) into the runner-up spot 0.65 sec behind the winner and finished third with Interstar B (I’m Special De Muze/Ohorn VDL). Ruby finished sixth on Boss Z with Sasha Woodhouse eighth aboard Ike-A. Lucy Wood eased Idaho WP into 12th just ahead of Tony French’s No Fear Van Jonckhoeve in 13th and Bethanie posted a steady double clear on Lupin to take 17th.
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