Holly Smith jumps to a win in Barcelona

October 4, 2019

Holly Smith bounced into the top spot in the La Vanguardia Trophy in Barcelona, Spain, with recent new ride Denver.

Forty-five contended this 1.45m two-phase but Holly edged ahead on this Memphis/Chico’s Boy 11-year-old – a former 4* eventer with Constance Copestake.  They won by just 0.05 sec.

“I think a lot of him,” said Holly, who got the ride two months ago.

Four faults in the first round of the Hyundai Cup of the City of Barcelona over a 1.55m track denied Peter Moloney and Ben Maher a jump-off chance and put Peter on Sassicaia Ares and Ben with Carlson 86 into 15th and 18th.  Belgium’s Pieter Devos claimed the 11-horse jump-off on Jade V Bisschop with just 0.15 sec to spare over Italy’s Emilio Bicocchi and Evita SG Z.


Laura Renwick seized victory in a hard-fought 3* 1.45m in Vilamoura, Portugal, with Dublin. 

The forty-four were reduced to 11 for the jump-off with Laura just finding the edge to win by the tiny margin of 0.08 sec on the Vigaro 11-year-old.  Laura also picked up fourth on Top Dollar VI with James Smith just behind for fifth on Simply Splendid.  

Tony Pearson galloped to the top in the 25-horse 3* 1.30m two-phase with Berlin, the Couterro U/Wolfgang 12-year-old flying ahead to win by 0.67 sec.

Tony also claimed second in the 37-horse 3* 1.20m speed on the Manhattan 14-year-old Amadeus M 1.28 sec off the pace.  Arabella Prior eased the Azteca VDL nine-year-old Friso into third.  Howard Ephgrave finished ninth on Felton and Isobel Stenning with CSF Kancruz and Annabelle Brown’s Lissyegan Luise Royale jumped steadier clears for 12th and 14th.

Chloe Aston netted third and fourth in the 3* 1.40m speed with the nine-year-old Arcadius 6 and the Canturano 11-year-old Dudok L 1.13 sec behind the pace.  James Smith was also clear for seventh on Elmo Brown.

Angela Eardley claimed two of the top five places in the 1.10m, taking second on the Nonstop/Andiamo nine-year-old Forella TS 0.34 sec behind the winner and picking up fifth aboard the 10-year-old Jesta Van De Noordhoek.  Aileen Feeney finished ninth on Jessica R and Annabelle Brown was also clear on Felicio for 16th. 


Lucinda Roche doubled up in Oliva Nova, Spain, with two wins on Izar LB and Gangsters Paradise.

Twenty-five contended the silver 1.30m speed but no-one could catch Lucinda and the Crazyhorse of Coco 10-year-old mare and they raced away with the win by 1.76 sec.  Flo Norris slotted the Quick Star 12-year-old Teck De Riverland into third with Steven Franks and Rumbolds Warriors Echo taking ninth.  Eoin Gallagher was also clear on Bigstar Derick for 15th.

Lucinda triumphed in the bronze 1.35 speed with the Boss eight-year-old Gangsters Paradise, holding off the challenges from her 21 rivals to win by 0.31 sec.

Will Edwards stepped up to the 45-horse gold 1.45m two-phase to take sixth on SHW Candies B, the Chacco-Blue/Heartbreaker nine-year-old finishing 1.61 sec off the pace.  Kayleigh Watts claimed eighth with Ninkie De Vy Z and four faults dropped Steven Franks to 13th on Abdul Aziz. 

Will topped the 57-entry silver 1.25m two-phase with Magic Chanti, flying into the top spot on the seven-year-old to win by 1.30 sec.  Kayleigh jumped into fourth with the Quadrillo 12-year-old Harley and Mark Hallion took sixth with Castle Rock.  Elizabeth Baker (Birdy Du Thot) and Reece Oliver (Cahir N) jumped steady double clears for ninth and 15th.

Flo Norris jumped into second in the 28-strong gold 1.40m speed with Kadance Van’t Lozerhof, the Kashmir Van Schuttershof nine-year-old finishing 2.12 sec behind the winner.  Eoin Gallagher eased Flugel M into fourth with Reece on Cartho Blue and Joe Davison with Cirrus also posting clears for eighth and ninth.

Jane Annett rode the eight-year-old Billy Du Montois into second in the gold 1.35m speed 2.81 sec behind the winner.  Alex Rident was close behind for third on Le Roi De Couer Des Collines and Jane also picked up fifth on Hold Up.  Steadier clears from Will Edwards on Tinkas Brook II and Anneliese Aitken with Frau Antje earned 13th and 18th.

Ashley Ray rode Apart P into 10th in the 33-strong bronze 1.30m speed more than eight sec off the pace. 

Emma Holmes outpaced 79 rivals for the top spot in the bronze 1.20m speed on Quincy 151 with 0.48 sec to spare.  Ashley rode Quite A Flower into 13th ahead of William Walker’s Ustino in 14th and Ellie Guy (Loughnavatta Cedar) and Freya Hough (Ideal S) also returned clears to take 18th and 19th.

Stacey Willsone claimed ninth in the 52-strong bronze 1.10m speed with the 16-year-old Alsager with a steady clear some 10 sec behind the pace.  Madeleine Kellett on Da Vinci Massuere, Suzy Golding’s His Dream and Drew Coogan with Isadora WK also posted clears for 12th, 14th and 15th.


Emily Ward guided Millioninmind into fifth in the 1.45m speed on the second in Tetouan, Morocco.

Sixty contended this class with Emily and the Ard VDL Dougas 12-year-old finishing 5.38 sec behind the winner, Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta 232.

Alison Barton guided Saphir into fifth in day one’s 62-strong 1.35m speed, the Salito 13-year-old finishing more than six sec behind the pace.  Jess Mendoza jumped a steady round on Dublin to pick up one time fault and 19th place.



In Opglabbeek, Belgium, Leonie Aitkenhead guided Clane K into fifth in the 25-horse 2* 1.20m two-phase five sec off the pace.

Leonie picked up 12th in the 34-strong seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase with an easy double clear on Prosperous K.  Leonie’s six-year-olds Orchis VD Donkhoeve and Intense Royal Z were also penalty-free in their age class for 17th and 19th.

Tim Gredley eased Jalanna into eighth in the 44-entry 2* 1.30 speed almost 10 sec off the pace.


In Barbizon, France, James Emblen claimed third in the 28-horse amateur 1.20m two-phase with Ascon Z 3.28 sec behind the pace.  Serena Rich-Jones jumped the steadiest clear for 12th on Epona G.

James posted the fastest time in the 1.30m speed but a rail down dropped Illynois to 10th.

Sally Goding rode Nitendo Van De Ijse into fifth in the sic-year-old 1.25m speed a little over three sec behind the pace.  And Sally jumped the steadiest of the clears in the seven-year-old 1.35m speed on Hadyvola for sixth.

Sally also picked up seventh in the 39-horse 1* 1.20m speed on Forever Liefhebber 2.44 sec behind the winner.

Sarah Barker jumped Vifdeva into 11th in the 2* 1.35m two-phase four sec off the pace.

Sasha Ford jumped the steadiest of the clears to take fourth in the amateur 1.15m speed on Easy Choice.  James finished on four faults to take fifth on Kimgarwyn Bramble-Boo.



Jason Smith recorded victory in Gorla Minore, Italy, with Rivelena W.  Forty-three tackled the 1.30m speed class with Jason outpacing them all on the nine-year-old to win with 2.27 sec to spare. 


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