James Smith jumps into second in the Vilamoura seven-year-old grand prix

James Smith finished second in the seven-year-old grand prix on HBF-Delmar in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Sixteen of the 26 starters reached the jump-off over a 1.35m track with James and the Indoctro daughter finishing 1.85 sec behind the winner.

Howard Ephgrave rode Jayley into second in Tuesday’s five-year-old 1.10m speed, the Don Diablo HX/Phin Phin mare finishing four sec behind the winner.  Chloe Aston eased Nanuchka Van Berkenbroeck Z into third. 

On Wednesday, Chloe and Nanuchka (Nonstop/Concorde) finished fourth in the five-year-old two-phase 3.29 sec behind the pace.  Four faults in the second phase dropped Howard on Jayley and Jasmine Cain’s Nieshe Van Berkenbroeck down to eighth and ninth.


Bethanie Knight jumped to the top in the five-year-old 1.15m with Julius in Oliva Nova, Spain.  

Thirty-nine posted first round clears to access the jump-off but Bethanie and Sharifa Al Homaizi’s Julius outpaced them all to take victory by 1.49 sec.

Reece Oliver guided Elixir Du Banco into ninth, Alexandra Somerville-Cotton finished 11th with Eclips Zoetendaele Z while steadier double clears from Megan James on Jamaica EBH and Kayleigh Watts with Edinson Des Matis earned 17th and 18th.

Kayleigh steered Melvin VD Bisschop into fifth in the 14-horse jump-off of the 43-strong seven-year-old 1.35m, the Elvis Ter Putte/Nabab De Reve gelding finishing more than four sec off the pace.  Eoin Gallagher was just behind for sixth on Milando (Elvis Ter Putte/Malito De Reves).

Megan netted seventh place in the 62-entry six-year-old with Funisa BH.  Thirty-two reached the jump-off with Megan and the Chintan/Chacco-Blue mare finishing almost four sec behind the pace.  Joe Clee claimed 13th on Naima VD Bisschop just ahead of Jane Annett’s Impala in 14th, Anneliese Aitken was 17th on India and Bethanie (Nanadu VD Heffinck) and Shane O’Meara (Oakingham Kia The Door) posted the steadiest of the double clears for 19th and 20th.


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