Laura Renwick is in the money in Vilamoura
Laura Renwick steered Sharon Whiteway’s Novita Jovial Z into second place in the 35-entry 3* 1.40m speed on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour, Portugal.
Thirty-five jumped in this class with Laura crossing the finish line some three sec behind the winner on the Nabab De Reve/Carthago Z eight-year-old mare for the runner-up spot. Jude Burgess slotted the Ugano Sitte 11-year-old Comeback De Fremis into fourth with Douglas Duffin on Fan and Jackson Reed-Stephenson’s Casparow also posting clears for sixth and seventh.
Douglas Duffin rode Garthago into second in the 46-horse 3* 1.30m accumulator, the Mylord Carthago/Baloubet Du Rouet eight-year-old finishing 1.35 sec behind the pace. Jude Burgess also returned with a maximum score for seventh on the Don VHP Z six-year-old Dreams of Don
Four faults in round one kept the British ladies out of the jump-off in the concluding 3* 1.50m grand prix with Chloe Aston posting the fastest four to take fifth place on the Padinus 14-year-old Amigo T and Laura Renwick was just behind her for sixth aboard the home-bred Arko eight-year-old Arkuga. Only three clears from the 30 starters were forthcoming, France’s Morgan Bordat claiming the win with the only clear round aboard Uma.
Arabella Prior netted fourth place in the 30-horse 1.25m on Friso, the Azteca VDL/Phin Phin nine-year-old finishing 2.28 sec behind the winner in the 13-horse jump-off. Robert Smith was just 0.01 sec in arrears for fifth on the Calvaro FC eight-year-old Banzai D’La Rousserie.
William Wherton rode the six-year-old Fantaland daughter Pure Gold I into eighth place in the 29-strong 1* 1.10m speed eight sec off the pace.
Graham Gillespie was denied a grand prix win by a fraction in Gorla Minore, Italy, with Quantum KS.
Only six of the 59 starters survived 1.50m round one track to go forward into the jump-off with Graham finishing and the 11-year-old just two tenths of a second behind the winner, Sweden’s Douglas Lindelow on Jezebel. Four faults dropped John Whitaker and JB’s Hot Stuff down to 11th place.
Graham claimed two of the top four places in the 51-horse 1.35m speed and handiness, taking second on the home-bred Calvaro’s Up To Date 3.48 sec behind the winner and picking up fourth aboard Kylian Van De Noordheuvel.
Keith Shore guided Mystic Hurricane into third in the 34-entry 1.35m, the Tornado 16-year-old finishing more than four sec off the pace in the 10-strong decider.
In Arezzo, Italy, Francesca Grazebrook lifted the top two places in the five-horse junior 1.30m two-phase, winning on the Tygo nine-year-old Felicita and taking second with the Londontimes nine-year-old Oak Grove’s Lutece (pictured), 1.06 sec separating the two.
Ruth Reay claimed third in the 61-entry bronze 1.20m two-phase, the Deister 11-year-old Callgirl 2.07 sec off the pace. Ben Farr was also double clear for 10th on Capella De El Tejo.
Claire Read slotted the six-year-old Miss Z Fly in the bronze 1.10m with one of only two double clears, finishing more than eight sec behind the winner.
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