Laura Renwick missed out on a grand prix win by a fraction in Vilamoura, Portugal, and had to settle for second place with Top Dollar VI.
Thirty-three contended this 3* 1.50m grand prix and nine found their way to the jump-off, Laura easing the Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old Top Dollar into the runner-up spot just 0.19 sec behind the winner, France’s Michel Hecart on Solero MS. James Smith posted the steadiest of the double clears for fifth on Twix De La Roque.
James was less than half a sec off victory in the 32-strong 3* 1.35m speed with The Black Flyer, the eight-year-old Calvaro FC daughter finishing 0.37 sec behind the winner. Chloe Aston took fifth on Argus Van Orshof Z and James also picked up seventh with a steadier clear on The Movie Star. Isobel Stenning was also clear to take 14th on CSF Kancruz.
Jack Nicklin slotted the 12-year-old Cwiebus KK into third in the 3* 1.20m speed 2.39 sec behind the pace. Howard Ephgrave was close behind for fourth with the Clinton nine-year-old Felton.
Jasmine Cain rode the V.Alba 69 nine-year-old Fihilithya into fifth in the 22-strong 1* 1.10m more than seven sec off the pace. Annabelle Brown provided the steadiest clear for ninth on Felicio and Tony Pearson picked up one time fault with Renkum Graziana for 10th.
Billy Twomey finished third in the world ranking 4* 1.45m with Balulu in Tetouan, Morocco.
Sixteen of the 63 starters accessed the jump-off with Billy and Sarah Williams’ home-bred Balou Du Rouet nine-year-old finishing 0.78 sec behind the winner, Austria’s Stefan Eder on Cobra 32. Jess Mendoza guided Dublin into fourth and Jackson Reed Stephenson rode Exception into fifth spot.
Danielle Farnsworth was best Brit in the 1.45m grand prix in Oliva Nova, Spain, with fifth place on Eline.
Eleven of the 42 starters accessed this world ranking jump-off with Danielle and the consistent Numero Uno/Concorde 10-year-old mare jumping another clear to take fifth 2.74 sec behind the winner, Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer on Chidame Z. Four faults dropped Kayleigh Watts and Ninkie De Vy Z to eighth spot while Eoin Gallagher (Davinci VD Bosrand Z) and Reece Oliver (Chacco Boy) were two of four to finish on one time fault in round one to take 13th and 15th.
Alex Rident slipped Le Roi Du Coeur Des Collines into second in the 55-horse gold 1.40m two-phase only 0.32 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Fabienne Daigneux-Lange on Fringant Du Calvaire. Flo Norris claimed third on Lorielle 2 with Joe Davison in sixth on Cirrus. Jane Annett finished 10th and 11th with Billy Du Montois and Hold Up while Mackenzie Ray took 14th on Valse De Boguin and Joe jumped clear on second ride Flora By Gucci for 15th.
Joe Davison eased the Luidam/Cruising nine-year-old CSF Olympic Lady into fourth in the 25-strong gold 1.30m speed 6.27 sec behind the pace. Four faults put Steven Franks and Billy Ginger into 11th.
Ashley Ray guided Care For into third in the bronze 1.20m two-phase, the Careful/For Pleasure 11-year-old finishing 2.21 sec off the pace. Mark Hallion was right behind for fourth on the seven-year-old Hinde ES and William Walker filled seventh spot with Ustino. Ashley also picked up ninth on Quite A Flower while Madeleine Kellett on Da Vinci Massuere, Suzy Golding with Cynthia H and Stacey Willsone’s Varo M also posted clears for 14th, 16th and 18th.
Stacey eased Alsager into fourth in the 13-horse decider of the bronze 1.10m eight sec off the pace. Amelie Villeneuve-Moore returned the steadiest double clear on Aycha GDE Z for sixth and four faults dropped Drew Coogan into 11th on Isadora WK.
Freya Hough claimed sixth in the bronze 1.30m speed with the Der Senaat III 11-year-old Ideal S almost four sec off the pace.
Twelve reached the jump-off of the 27-entry bronze 1.40m but faults in round two dropped the Brits down the order. Richard Jenkinson finished ninth on four faults with Cobalt II and Jo McGlory returned on eight to take 12th on Calimera.
Jason Smith claimed victory in Gorla Minore, Italy, winning the nine-horse jump-off of the 1.30m with the nine-year-old Rivelina W by an impressive 2.73 sec.
In Opglabbeek, Belgium, Leonie Aitkenhead guided the Guidam 12-year-old Clane K into second in the 24-horse 1.20m speed almost two sec off the pace. Tim Gredley was also clear for seventh on Jalanna.
Joe Clayton jumped into eighth in the 32-strong seven-year-old 1.35m with a double clear in the 12-horse jump-off with Chili (Consoldator/Caspar).
Tim and Leonie reached the 18-horse jump-off of the 52-strong 2* 1.45m grand prix but four faults dropped Tim and Jimmy Mack Van Berkenbroeck down to 15th and Leonie returned on eight to take 17th with Heart-Third. The Netherlands’ Lisa Nooren claimed the win on Dienellie.
In Barbizon, France, Sally Goding claimed second in the 29-strong 1* 1.25m speed with Forever Liefhebber, the Mr Blue nine-year-old finishing 0.92 sec off the pace.
Sally picked up sixth in the six and seven-year-old 1.25m speed on Nitendo Van De Ijse more than nine sec behind the winner.
Sarah Barker steered the Toulon 10-year-old Vifdeva into fifth in the 39-strong 2* 1.40m speed 3.45 sec behind the pace.
Serena Rich-Jones posted the steadiest of the double clears in the eight-horse jump-off of the amateur 1.20m to take sixth on the Unaniem 10-year-old Epona G.
Four faults in the amateur 1.15m speed put Lauren Morrisroe and Falou into third.
Text and Photos © Jumping Around