Nici Wilson scores a win in Le Mans


Nici Wilson scored a win in the 1* 1.25m with Naomi 55 in Le Mans, France.

Sixty-five contended this speed class with Nici and the Verdi/Heartbreaker 12-year-old Naomi outpacing them all to win by 0.42 sec. Steven Franks was 1.30 sec in arrears for fourth on Billy Ginger with Florence Polland on Gerswin and Ellie Simpson’s My Lucky Day also returning clears for 17th and 18th.

Paul Bevan was best Brit in the 2* 1.45m grand prix on the scopey Deangelo. Only 11 of the 60 starters gained access to the jump-off with Paul and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 11-year-old posting another clear to take fifth place with a steady round nine sec behind the winner, France’s Tony Cadet on Uppsala Del Cabalero.

Red Morgan came to the fore in the pony grand prix with the 12-year-old mare Bodyssee Des Avelines, the pair leaving all the fences intact but picking up two time faults. Nevertheless, it was sufficient for the top spot when the other competitors each had four faults, including Alice Weightman on Epapke in fourth.

Winners the previous day, Alice and Latinka TJ Van Overis finished second in the nine-strong pony 1.20m in a two-way jump-off. Both jump-off participants incurred four faults, but Alice was quicker by 1.37 sec.

Alice claimed victory in the amateur grand prix with the Dutch-bred 12-year-old Cindy. Twenty-three of the 62 starters reached the jump-off but alice was too quick for them all and forged ahead to win by 0.43 sec.

Lily Freeman-Attwood jumped into seventh in the 80-strong 1.40m two-phase with Barcelona 2.46 sec off the pace. Lily also posted the steadiest of the double clears for 16th on Alvaro De Reve.

Rachel Vicary finished third in the 25-entry amateur 1.15m speed on Chanel 2.55 sec behind the winner.

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