Scott Brash won the major class of the day at Hubside Jumping in St Tropez, South of France, with Hello Senator.
A total of 46 tackled the world ranking 4* 1.45m speed – a qualifier for the grand prix – but Scott smoothly outpaced them all with the Carambole/Indoctro 10-year-old Senator, winning with 1.32 sec in hand.
“It was a fast class but I was very happy with Senator, he did everything I asked of him. He felt good and fresh,” said Scott, who remarked on the progress of Senator.
“I’ve had him for two years and he’s 10-years-old now but he’s still taking a bit of time to get into the 5* shows. He is a little bit of a nervous horse with the atmosphere but he feels good here because it is a big arena with lots of space, he doesn’t feel claustrophobic, it is a comfortable arena for him.”
Scott was full of praise for Hubside.
“It is my first time here and I really like it. The arena is really big which is great for the horses,” he added.
Alexandra Thornton was also clear but a steadier time put Cornetto K into 21st.
A steady double clear in the 57-strong 4* 1.40m two-phase put Scott and the 10-year-old Hello Vincent into 19th spot.
Laura Renwick notched up a double in Vilamoura, Portugal, where the Brits almost made it a clean sweep.
Laura jumped to the top in the 3* 1.45m with Top Dollar VI. Fifty-seven competitors contended this two-phase class but Laura was quickest of the lot, breaking the 30 sec barrier to fly ahead and win by 0.45 sec on the Dollar Du Murier/Darco 10-year-old. James Smith was double clear on Twix De La Roque for seventh and Robert Smith returned on one time fault in the second phase to take 13th with Connection.
Brits filled four of the top five places in the 3* 1.35m speed, Laura leading the way on the 11-year-old OBOS Quality/Cavalier Royale mare MHS Washington to win with an impressive 2.30 sec in hand. Chloe Aston guided the nine-year-old Argus Van Orshof Z (Armitage/Bon Ami) into second with Tony Pearson fourth on Captain Morgan and James Smith in fifth aboard The Movie Star.
Laura almost made it a hat-trick with the 76-horse 3* 1.30m speed but had to settle for second on the home-bred Maverick (Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker) just 0.39 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Leon Thijssen on Grand Blanc De Villa D’Arto.
Chloe galloped to the top in the 3* 1.40m speed, holding off the challenges of her 41 rivals with the Canturano/Calvados 11-year-old Dudok L to win by 1.63 sec. James eased The Black Flyer into fourth while Chloe was also in contention on second ride Arcadius 6 but four faults dropped them from a possible second to 19th.
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