Richard Howley reigned in Spain with victory in the top-billed 3* 1.50m grand prix with Chinook on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera.
Fourteen riders from a startlist of 40 gained access to the jump-off but there was no stopping Richard and he flew to victory on the Tygo/Wellington 12-year-old Chinook with 1.41 to spare.
“I know this horse very well – not only is he extremely fast, he can turn on a sixpence,” said Ireland’s Richard, who is based in Yorkshire running HK Horses with Morgan Kent.
Brits were well in the frame with last week’s grand prix winner Jake Saywell and the consistent Cicero Z 12-year-old Havinia Van De Roshoeve slotting into second ahead of Jodie Hall-Mcateer on the Stolzenberg 10-year-old Salt’N Peppa. Four faults dropped Harry Charles on Lordanos Junior and Chris Frazer aboard Quisandro down to seventh and 12th.
Richard was just 0.43 sec off the pace in the 60-strong big tour 1.45m speed with the Indoctro/Corland nine-year-old Farianne. Donald Whitaker was only 0.01 sec behind for third with Holly Smith filling fourth place on Claddagh Iroko. Jodie Hall-McAteer claimed 10th on Coquin De Coquerie Z, James Davenport posted the steadiest of the clears for 13th on One Endeavour and Leonie Aitkenhead picked up one time fault on Jimmy Mack V Berkenbroeck for 14th.
Jodie claimed third in the big tour 1.30m two-phase on the Quintender 11-year-old TJ Quincy 1.68 sec off the pace. Holly Smith steered Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill into fourth with Miles Pearson in 12th on Castiel.
Lucy Wood triumphed in the small tour B 1.15/1.20m speed on the Toulon seven-year-old Heerdelon with a handsome 4.20 sec to spare. Ellie Guy eased the eight-year-old Ballymurphy Lizzie into third with Ava Vernon fifth on Here I’m B and Ellie Hall-Mcateer finished seventh on Unex Handyman.
And Lucy jumped the steadiest clear in the small tour A 1.15/1.20m speed on Hobalo for seventh place.
David McPherson eased the Cariano nine-year-old CC into fifth in the medium tour 1.30m accumulator 3.61 sec off the pace. Lauren Turnbull claimed seventh on VIP and Sofia Abramovich on Valkiry De Zance and Scarlett Charles’ Fever L also posted maximum scores for eighth and 16th.
Jess Dimmock eased Primo Bella Swan into fourth in the medium tour 1.45m grand prix, the Clearway 10-year-old finishing almost six sec behind the pace in the 15-horse decider. Four faults dropped Kayleigh Watts and Ninkie De Vy Z into eighth with Alison Barton also making just one mistake on Roma IV for 12th.
Laura Robinson bagged fourth in the medium 1.35m speed on Bagghera, the Diamant De Semilly eight-year-old finishing 1.03 sec behind the winner. David guided Dexter into sixth just ahead of Jess Dimmock in seventh on Billy Fleance with Ellie Hall-McAteer in eighth on Crisanta and Alison Barton’s Billy Rembrandt in ninth. Also clear was Danielle Stapleton (Fire), Sally Hopkinson (Crystal Clear), Sofia Abramovich (Sacree Du Rouet) and Max Routledge (Elvera) for 14th, 16th, 17th and 20th.
Four faults in the 15-strong jump-off of the 1.25/1.30m dropped Nathan Bull and Milton Van Vrijhern down to eighth spot. Ellie Guy rode Rocky Balboa into 12th and Morgan Kent picked up eight faults on Glorialudine to take 15th.
Photo courtesy Moises Basallote/Spanish sunshine tour