Laura Renwick is in invincible form to take the European Cup five-year-old title
There is just no stopping Laura Renwick! Two weeks ago on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour in Portugal, she claimed both European cup five and six-year-old titles – and she has done it again in the final week. Just the day before Laura headed the six-year-old final on Symphony, and today she topped the five-year-old final with Cottee – also a winner a fortnight ago.
Thirty horses participated in today’s final with 11 proving penalty-free in the first two rounds to access the jump-off – and it was hot! But Laura held off the challenges on the Asterix E Z/Couleur Rubin gelding Cottee to take their second Vilamoura title with 0.23 sec to spare.
"It wasn't the best jump-off round I've ever ridden but Cottee was a superstar, ignored me and won his second European Cup five-year-old final out here in Vilamoura," said Laura.
The Brits dominated with Emma Stoker guiding the Super Trooper De Ness/Indoctro mare Skylandria Z into second ahead of Jackson Reed-Stephenson in third on Obelia VD Bisschop (Nabab De Reve/Baloubet Du Rouet). Emma on second ride Chico II (Cador/Escudo I) and Stephen Lohoar’s Jakarta LSH (Quasimodo VD Molendreef/Silvio II) also provided treble clears for sixth and seventh. Both Jude Burgess (Kingston Z) and Laura Mantel (SFS Annika) missed out on the jump-off after incurring one time fault apiece in round one to take 12th and 13th.
Laura Renwick was also best Brit in the European Cup seven-year-old final with third place on Maverick. The 28-strong class was won with the only double clear, The Netherlands’ Anouk de Ruijter taking the honours on Heupens Conquestador.
"I'm so delighted to have bred and produced these unbelievably talented horses that have done us so proud over the last four weeks finishing with Maverick coming third in the seven-year-old final." said Laura.
Four Brits made just one mistake to take the lower placings – Laura Renwick on Maverick (Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker), Emma Stoker’s Happynes (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Cicero Z Van Paemel) and Laura Mantel with Muna Van De Bisschop (Cornet Obolensky/Nabab De Reve) returning four faults in round two for third, fourth and sixth while Daniel Moseley jumped for four in round one and clear in round two on Magic Quality (Numero Uno/Argentinus) to take seventh. Antonio Marinas Soto came home on four and one fault for ninth with Caretoo.
Photos courtesy Vilamoura Equestrian Centre/One Shot