Lauren Edwards is a tiny fraction from a victory double in Valencia


Lauren Edwards almost made it a double victory in Valencia, Spain, but had to settle for a win and a second place by a fraction.

Seven of the original 25 in the 2* 1.40m posted first round clears with Lauren slotting the 10-year-old Ella Sandra G into second just 0.19 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Jonathan Gordon on Conchita. Jane Annett was clear in round one but opted to withdraw Billy Tudor from the jump-off and took seventh.

Friday’s 1.20m winners Lauren and Kesara kept up their winning ways stepping up to 1.25m. Thirteen of the 24 starters tackled the jump-off with Lauren and Andy Doswell’s Kannan/Grandilot eight-year-old flying into the top spot by 1.03 sec. John Whitaker posted a double clear on the seven-year-old stallion Storm (Handel II/Voltaire) to take fourth.

Tania Moody jumped to the top in the 2* 1.30m speed with Adrem. Fourteen contended this speed class with Tania and the Quasimodo Z/Ahorn 14-year-old winning by 1.85 sec. Remy Ellis was more than three sec in arrears for third on the Mylord Carthago eight-year-old Good Friends.

Remy steered Paddock Du Plessis/Indoctro five-year-old Volonte into fourth in the nine-horse decider of the five-year-old 1.15m/six-year-old 1.25m three sec off the pace. David McPherson picked up four faults with Jordi-Zavall for eighth and Tania returned on eight to take ninth with Nosa JW.

Louise Whitaker eased the six-year-old Ivan (Namelus R/Damiro) into eighth in the 24-entry 1* 1.30m two-phase 3.19 sec behind the pace. Tania was almost two sec up on the winning time but a frustrating four faults put Reine Du Very into 14th.

Louise Saywell galloped to victory with seasoned favourite Feigtling in the 2* 1.35m in Peelbergen, Kronenberg, The Netherlands.

Fifty-five competitors contended this speed class with Louise racing ahead on Graham Ward’s Chicago Z/Darco 14-year-old to win by a clear three sec. Steadier clears from Charlie Jones on Crocus La Sillardiere and Tim Gredley on Unex Garcon De Lui finished 13th and 18th.

Millie Allen piloted Quinu De Pravia into second in the 1.40/1.45m. The 59 starters were reduced to 15 for the jump-off with Millie and the Action-Breaker 10-year-old finishing 2.73 sec behind the winner for the runner-up spot. Charlie Jones was one of eight on one time fault in round one to take 18th on Dexter. Germany’s Sophie Hinners claimed the win on Galanda Mara TH.

Brits filled the top two places in the seven-year-old with Charlotte Arnold taking the top spot. Fifteen of the 42 starters reached the jump-off with Charlotte and the Plot Blue/Voltaire mare winning by 0.75 sec. Joe Clayton eased Chacco’s Lady 2 (Chacco-Blue/Indoctro) into second place

A steady clear in the 90-strong 1* 1.30m earned Camilla Bingham and Sportsfield Fleurie 14th place 14 sec off the pace.

Bumble Thomas was in contention all the way in the 21-horse jump-off of the 55-strong 1* 1.20m with Quantum Treat but four faults en route dropped them to 17th.

An easy double clear in the 32-horse jump-off of the five-year-old 1.20m/six-year-old 1.30m handed Spencer Roe and Ice 13th spot.

Guy Williams slotted Rouge De Ravel into third in the 4* 1.40m in Rouen, France.

Forty-two contended this speed class with Guy and the Ultimo Van Ter Moude 14-year-old stallion finishing 1.04 sec behind the winner, France’s Thomas Lambert on Thalie St Loise. Four faults dropped Holly Smith and Fruselli down to 13th.

Probably one of the favourites in the Puissance, Guy and the 10-year-old Mr Blue Sky UK went out on four faults in the penultimate round to take fifth. Belgium’s Dries Dekkers claimed the win on Hippos Van De Rostal with the only clear of four in the final round.

In Lier, Belgium, Zak Beesley clinched fourth place in the 2* 1.40m with Ultima.

A huge entry of 88 contended this two-phase class with Zak and the Casall/Locato 15-year-old mare slotting into fourth 1.15 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Emilie Conter on Clochard. Jay Halim eased Gentleman VD Riethandel into 16th and Jaime Marsh was also penalty-free with Jewel’s Chrystal for 22nd place.

Jaime also picked up ninth in the 23-horse 1* 1.10m two-phase with the steadiest of the double clears aboard N-Jewel’s Athletic Touch more than nine sec off the winning time.

Jemma Kirk guided Quelisto into fourth in the 51-strong 2* 1.35m speed, the selle Francais 15-year-old finishing 2.20 sec behind the winner. Zak was also clear on Sharon Whiteway’s Novita Jovial Z for eighth place.

Emma Stoker piloted Nazarine VD Axelhoeve (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Chellano Z) into third in the 40-entry six-year-old two-phase 3.73 sec behind the pace. Steadier double clears from Jemma Kirk on Diaradzo De L’Abbaye and Jaime Marsh with N-Jewel’s Sing Song to take 15th and 16th.

Dan Moseley posted one of the steadiest of the double clears in the 20-horse five-year-old two-phase to take fifth on Mylord Myles (Mylord Carthago/Corofino II). Holly Haig returned on a total of three faults for eighth with John VDL and four faults put Mackenzie Ray and OS Chateau Pape Clement into 10th.

Claire Salem returned penalty-free in the 1* 1.20m two-phase to take 11th on the six-year-old Dakota De Eros 9.52 sec behind the winner.

In Vermezzo, Italy, Jason Smith steered the 12-year-old Galaya Von Hof into fourth in the 1.40m, four faults dropping them down the order in the four-horse jump-off.

Jason picked up seventh in the 1.20m two-phase on the Casall eight-year-old Cagno 4.36 sec behind the pace.

Jess Mendoza posted a round one clear to join the 14-horse jump-off of the 1.50m in Munchen, Germany, but four faults in round two dropped Sam De Bacon down to 13th place.

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