Graham Babes jumps to victory in Vilamoura
Graham Babes jumped to the top in style with the consistent Ma Fleur JS, claiming victory in the seven-year-old on the Vilamour Atlantic tour in Portugal.
Sixty-two contended this 1.35m speed class with Graham cruising ahead on the Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Cassini II mare to win by a comfortable 1.78 sec.
Laura Johnson slotted the Nabab De Reve/Calato mare Euphoria HST into third three sec off the pace and Emma Stoker was fifth on Happynes (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Cicero Z Van Paemel). Sophie Fawcett claimed seventh and ninth on Cedric and Billy Jackson with Joao Charlesworth 11th on Holly Blue, Daniel Moseley was 13th on Magic Quality, Emma Stoker’s Milton was 17th and Chloe Aston netted 19th aboard Centa Radol.
Brits filled the top six places in the six-year-old led by Tim Page on Hillcoote Border Fox. Sixty-four started in the 1.25m speed class with Tim taking the win by just 0.07 sec on the prmosing Pacino stallion. He was chased hard by Laura Renwick in second and third with the home-breds Symphony (Parco/Tristan De Quelen) and Sky’s The Limit (No Limit/Tristan De Quelen) and fifth on Claretino (Clarimo/Caretino). Laura Mantel was sandwiched into fourth on Innuendo (Caretino Gold/Couleur Rubin) and finished eighth aboard MHS Alabama with Jude Burgess sixth on Ivascalle. Emma Stoker rode Illonois into 11th, Mennell Watson was 12th on Extreem Forest, Joao Charlesworth finished 14th on Kannbalou, Jude was also 15th on Natalon Van’t Krekenhof and Jackson Reed-Stephenson was 16th on Cevin’s Heartbreaker.
Skye Higgin provided one of only two clears in the 1.25m speed for second on the Full Monty/Corland seven-year-old Gotcha 1.85 sec off the pace.
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