Richard Barton was the sole British representative in the top-billed gold grand prix with Donata in Oliva Nova, Spain, but four faults dropped them down the line.
A large entry of 84 initially contended with just 11 providing first round clears to access the jump-off. Richard and the Ukato 10-year-old lowered just one rail to drop into fourth place, one behind former Brit Tim Wilks – now riding for Canada – in third on Quelbora Merze. Mark Armstrong was one of seven to pick up one time fault in the first round and finished 15th with Juharah.
Jamie Wingrove was quickest of the Brits in the gold 1.30m speed on Heartstring, the Cicero Z Van Paemel/Heartbreaker eight-year-old taking second 0.58 sec behind the winner. Alice Watson eased the Baloubet Du Rout nine-year-old E-Pilotta into third ahead of Mark Armstrong’s eight-year-old mare Fabienne. Flo Norris returned the steadiest of the clears for 15th on Teck De Riverland in the 33-entry class.
Matt Sampson rode Candy 763 into third in the 71-horse gold 1.40m speed, the Candiro eight-year-old 2.50 sec off the pace. Mark Armstrong netted fourth on the Cornet Obolensky 12-year-old Areeb OL with Kayleigh Watts aboard the nine-year-old Ebriolita in fifth and Alice Watson seventh on the 11-year-old mare Mafia. A steady round from Will Funnell on Billy Ring earned 12th spot ahead of Jane Annett’s Billy Du Montois and Jess Dimmock on Primo Bella Swan in 13th and 14th while Jodie Hall-Mcateer (Conquin De Coquerie Z) and Chad Fellows (Confident of Victory) also returned clears for 18th and 19th.
Carmen Edwards slotted Happy Valerie into second in the 65-strong bronze 1.30m two-phase, the six-year-old Verdi daughter 0.51 sec off the pace. Claire Beecroft netted third on the Lord Z 12-year-old Vanda Cartier and also picked up ninth with Sam W. Lily Beveridge posted a steady double clear for 13th on Bebe De Riverland.
Anna Wilks steered L Primero Di Gala into third in the bronze 1.40m, the Toulon seven-year-old 2.28 sec behind the pace in the 10-strong jump-off. Genevieve Clarke was double clear for fifth on the 10-year-old Dirk and clear and four dropped Chelsie Moult’s Corfu down to 10th.
Ronnie Jones is enjoying a terrific show and claimed another win to round off a successful week, topping the bronze 1.10m two-phase with the eight-year-old Derawley Lady. The pair outpaced their 37 rivals to win by 0.45 sec over Imogen Beecroft, in second on the Andiamo 17-year-old Untouchable and fourth aboard the 10-year-old Roscoe’s Amour.
Nissi Ladell jumped into fourth in the bronze 1.20m speed on the eight-year-old mare Exclusive Vant Schaaphof almost three sec off the pace. Honor Draycott guided Lux De Lux into sixth in this 64-horse class with Madeleine Kellett eighth on SHW Early Dawn and 12th on Heolieta M while Lucy Wood filled ninth place on Heerdelon. Nissi was also 17th on Chimmichurri Z and a steady clear form Chelsie Moult on Grande Dame V earned 21st place.
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