Brits lifted the top two places in the feature 1.45m in Vilamoura, Portugal, Chloe Aston leading the way on her consistent speed horse Amigo T.
Seventy-three tackled this hotly competitive speed class but Chloe had the edge on the Padinus 14-year-old to claim the win by just 0.04 sec. Laura Mantel chased hard but had to settle for second on Liz Howes’ home-bred Caretino Glory 12-year-old Glory B V. Phillip Spivey guided Smirnov into ninth just ahead of Anthony Condon in 10th on SFS Aristio. Oliver Fletcher slipped Disckoboy DN into 12th and finished 18th with KBIS Caicos, Ellen Whitaker on Jack Van Kattenheye in 13th, Chloe also picked 15th on J Adore VD Keihoeve and Graham Babes finished 19th on Eccosse. Tim Page posted an easy clear to take 22nd in Casanova 499's first ever world ranking class and Jackson Reed-Stephenson was also clear on Exception for 24th.
Chris Franks galloped to victory in the 3* 1.30m with Mega Times. Eighty-one contended this speed class with Chirs taking charge on Charles and Mary Baker’s home-bred Mega Byte/Goodtimes 10-year-old mare to win by 1.71 sec. Chloe Aston slotted the Calvaro nine-year-old Alvaro De Reve into third with Abbie Summers close behind on the 14-year-old Quality mare Quantas for fourth. Gemma Tattersall clinched 11th on Hot Air, Freya Hough took 12th on Frensham, Chris picked up 17th on second ride CSF Eye Wonder and Josie Symons returned a steady clear for 18th on Concordette RR.
Graham Babes eased Glencoe into seventh in a hot, competitive 114-strong 1.35m two-phase, the Chellthago Z/Numero Uno eight-year-old finishing 2.11 sec behind the pace. Ireland’s Ciaron Nallon jumped into ninth on Pat Squibb’s Zaronda II with Olli Fletcher 14th on Horst Van De Mispelaere and Skye Higgin was 17th with Balkana Du Tillard.
Laura Renwick claimed victory in all three of the age classes on home-breds. In the seven-year-old it proved a battle between two Lauras, Renwick winning over Mantel. This 1.35m two-phase class realised 21 starters with Laura Renwick proving the quickest to win by 0.17 sec on Maverick (Daimant De Semilly/Heartbreaker). Laura Mantel brought Wednesday’s winner Muna Van De Bisschop, Sally Jobson-Scott’s Cornet Obolensky/Nabab De Reve mare, into second and Graham Babes filled third spot on Ma Fleur JS (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Cassini II). Emma Stoker jumped for one time fault and seventh on Happynes and Skye Higgin also returned on one time fault to take ninth with Gotcha while Chris Franks posted the fastest four in the second phase for 11th on Warrior Queen.
Again, a battle between the two Lauras ensued in the six-year-old Laura Renwick headed this 40-horse 1.25m two-phase with 1.44 sec in hand on Sky’s The Limit (No Limit/Tristan De Quelen). Laura Mantel guided Innuendo – another bred by John and Laura Renwick with Caretino Gold/Couleur Rubin bloodlines – into second and British-based Joao Charlesworth riding for Portugal took third on Kannabalou. Time faults dropped Emma Stoker (Illonois) and Mennell Watson (Extreem Forest) down to 14th and 15th.
Brits commandeered the top six places in the 30-strong five-year-old speed, Laura Renwick leading the way on Cottee (Asterix E Z/Couleur Rubin) with 0.65 sec to spare over Emma Stoker’s Skylandria Z (Super Trooper De Ness/Indoctro). Ben Dalton took third and fourth on Ella and Con Man TW with Emma fifth aboard second ride Chico II just ahead of Elliott Dowler’s Jelly-Bean in sixth. Emma was also clear on Carisma II for ninth and Daniel Moseley returned on two time faults with TLB Kannibaloulou to take 12th.
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