Lance Whitehouse jumped to the top in the big class of the day at Oliva Nova, Spain, with Bazento.
Eighty-four competitors contended the gold 1.45m speed but no-one was a match for Lance and the nine-year-old Argento/Quincy Z stallion Bazento and they swept into the lead to take victory by 0.62 sec. Jodie Hall-McAteer’s steadier clear on Coquin De Coquerie Z claimed 21st.
Jodie hit top gear in the silver 1.35m speed on TJ Quincy to take second by the narrowest of margins, the 11-year-old Quintender stallion finishing just 0.01 sec behind the winner in the 70-strong class.
Emma Stoker claimed three of the top five places in the five-year-old, winning by 0.96 sec with the Super Trooper De Ness/Indoctro mare Skylandria Z. She also posted double clears on Chico II (Cador/Escudo I) and Carisma II (Contendro I/Graf Top) for third and fifth.
Four faults in the second phase of the six-year-old 1.30m dropped Emma and Illonois to ninth.
Scott Brash jumped into third in the 33-strong seven-year-old 1.40m two-phase with the Elvis Ter Putte/Lord Z stallion Hello Zachary 1.56 sec off the pace. Emma returned double clears on Happynes (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Cicero Z Van Paemel) and Milton (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Heartbreaker) for fifth and sixth while one time fault in the second phase put Anna Wilks on Guestlist into 15th.
Emma slotted Townhead Tallulah V into sixth place in the 73-entry gold 1.40m speed, the Tabasco La Silla 14-year-old 2.38 sec behind the winner.
Joanne McGlory eased the eight-year-old Flaming Key SR Z into 11th in the 57-strong silver 1.25m speed more than 12 sec behind the pace.
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