Jake Saywell and the scopey Havinia win the grand prix in Spain


Jake Saywell has been knocking on the door all week with consistent results on Havinia Van De Roshoeve, and it paid off handsomely with victory in the 2* Fairfax 1.45m grand prix to conclude week one on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera.

Brits dominated this 59-strong class with three in the top four places as 13 made their way into the jump-off. But no-one was a match for Jake and the scopey Cicero Z/Lacantus 12-year-old Havinia and the pair smoothly eased ahead to win by 0.22 sec.

“Nothing has been overly big all week in this the first week of a long six weeks but there were a few rollbacks in the course which upset a few riders and horses, it was smart course-building,” said Jake, who was full of praise for his winning mare. “She tries her heart out, she’s careful as a cat and she loves it here in this main grass arena which is so like Hickstead, it suits her so we use it to our advantage.”

Holly Smith has consistently taken third in this first week of six with Claddagh Iroko and the Iroko/Cruising 12-year-old again finished third here behind the USA’s Catherine Pasmore on Hiteck. Kayleigh Watts also jumped a double clear for fourth with Ninkie De Vy Z. Six riders came home on one time fault in round one, including Harry Charles with ABC Quantum Cruise and Peter Moloney aboard Ghana for 14th and 16th.

Sofia Abramovich claimed victory in the small 1.25m speed with Sacree Du Rouet, forging ahead on the selle Francais 13-year-old to win by 1.82 sec. Jay Halim was five sec in arrears for third on the Lord Z 11-year-old Dane Z and Tom Reilly took fifth on the 10-year-old Carden Moon Beam.

Jay scored his own win in the small 1.30m two-phase, jumping to the top with 1.78 sec in hand on the Unistar/Zeus 14-year-old Abrisco. Daisy McKinlay clinched third on the Conterno Grande 11-year-old Dumolga and Scarlett Charles finished fourth with the Stakkato nine-year-old Fever L. Ellie Guy was also double clear for ninth on Camorra Des Nonains Z.

Jay also claimed seventh with Gentle in the medium 1.40m speed, the Libero H eight-year-old finishing 5.78 sec behind the winner. An easy clear from Sienna Charles on Controe earned 12th place.

Ellie Hall-McAteer guided Crisanta into seventh in the medium 1.35m two-phase, the Caretino 2 14-year-old finishing 1.60 sec behind the pace. Leonie Aitkenhead on D.Millfield Darin and Jessica Hewitt with Firefly W were also double clear for 10th and 11th.

Photos © Jumping Around & Moises Basallote/Spanish sunshine tour

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