Laura Renwick claimed a victory double on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour, Portugal, including a top three whitewash in the seven-year-old.
Sixteen contended the seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase but Laura dominated from the off, winning on Claretina (Clarimo/Caretino) 1.33 sec quicker than second ride Symphony (Parco/Tristan De Quelen). And she steered MHS Alabama (Obos Quality/Cavalier Royale) into third. British-based Joao Charlesworth riding for Portugal netted fourth on Irving VG and Donald Whitaker was fifth with Billy Everest. Four faults dropped Laura Mantel and Idaho down to ninth.
And Laura Renwick doubled up in the six-year-old 1.20m two-phase with Cottee (Asterix E Z/Couleur Rubin), holding off the challenges of her 12 rivals to take the win by 0.75 sec. Joao claimed fourth on Corento and James Smith posted the steadiest of the double clears for sixth on Joyride CMS.
Laura Mantel secured her second victory in 24 hours with Paratheos Optimus (Marius Claudius/Optimus Agro) in the five-year-old, outpacing her 19 rivals to win by an impressive eight sec. Emily Sage slotted the Clinton/Calvaro Z mare Colibria II Z into second with Joao in fourth on Balou Du Vol (Baloubet Du Rouet/Chin Chin). Four faults dropped Emily Sage (Cadiz Z) and William Walker (Donna Van’t Gebergte Z) down to eighth and ninth.
Guy Williams got his show off to a good start with second in the 41-horse 3* 1.45m two-phase with Rouge De Ravel, the Ultimo Van Ter Moude 15-year-old just 0.20 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Mikey Pender on HHS Burnchurch. Laura Renwick jumped into fourth on Bintang II just ahead of James Smith, in fifth on Simply Splendid and seventh place aboard Elmo Brown. Four faults in the second phase dropped Guy and second ride Cicero II down to 16th.
Adrian Whiteway made short work of the 72-strong 3* 1.35m speed to take second on his 15-year-old seasoned campaigner Anytime II (Nathos R/Rubert R) just 0.30 sec behind the winner. James Smith slotted Harmonia into sixth and Adrian jumped a steadier round on Cooley Network for 16th.
Laura Mantel steered Whitesparke Pepper into third in the 62-strong 3* 1.30m speed, the Peppermill/Ard Ohio nine-year-old 1.61 sec off the pace. Arabella Prior jumped round for eighth on Friso and Joao was also clear to take 12th with Unicorns Rubberball.
Donald Whitaker steered the six-year-old Billy Congo mare Billy Celebrity into second in the 1.20m speed some six sec behind the winner.
Brits filled the top three places in the silver 1.25m in Oliva Nova, Spain, with Ellen Whitaker leading the way.
Fifty-four tackled this speed track with Ellen racing ahead on the eight-year-old Namelus R daughter H Quainton Xtra Factor to win by an impressive 2.25 sec. Kayleigh Watts slotted the Elvis Ter Putte eight-year-old Melvin VD Bisschop into second with Tim Gredley in third aboard the eight-year-old Hobalo. Anna Wilks eased French Kiss into ninth.
Tim jumped into third in the gold 1.40m with Unex Garcon Du Lui. A total of 86 contended this class with Tim and the Plot Blue nine-year-old finishing 1.67 sec behind the winner, France’s speedy Julien Epaillard on Quincy Lady. A steadier double clear from Ellen and Arena UK Winston finished in 20th place.
An easy, foot-perfect clear from Emily Llewellyn and Sue Evans’ Sieco claimed the best Brit place in the gold 1.45m. Eighty-six competitors jumped in this speed class with Emily and the Cachas 11-year-old finishing almost five sec behind the winner, Germany’s Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmerman on Goja 27.
Scott Brash guided the Kannan daughter Hello Vittoria into fifth in the 22-strong six-year-old 1.25m two-phase almost six sec off the pace. Ellen was also double clear for 12th on J Superstar – a Chaman/No Limit stallion recently purchased from Sovereign Equestrian.
A steady double clear from Kayleigh Watts on Sacino (Pacino/Corland) earned 11th spot in the 30-horse seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase.
Christina Gachoud jumped easy clears in the 64-entry gold 1.30m speed to take ninth and 16th with ESI Hazel and Be Con Champo.
Kayleigh (Harley) and Ellen (Hulahupe JR) came home at exactly the same time in the 86-strong silver 1.35m two-phase to take equal seventh. Kayleigh was also clear on Kilbarron Rue for 10th.
Graham Babes landed victory in the big class of the day at Valencia in Spain with his long-time campaigner Boucheron.
Seventy competitors contended this 1.40m speed class but no-one was a match for Graham as he forged ahead on the Valentino/Burggraaf 14-year-old to take the win with 2.31 sec in hand. Jackson Reed-Stephenson was sixth on Muna VD Bisschop just ahead of sixth-placed Steven franks on Abdul Aziz and a steadier clear from Lance Whitehouse on Bazento earned 16th place.
Jackson jumped to the top in the six-year-old with Obelia VD Bisschop. Twenty-five contended this 1.20m speed class with Jackson and the Nabab De Reve/Baloubet Du Rouet mare taking the win by 1.50 sec. Elliot Dowler on Jelly-Bean and Graham with Monks I Am Casall also returned clears for eighth and ninth.
Steven piloted Billy Ginger into second in the 67-strong 2* 1.30m speed, the Billy Congo/Gladstone 14-year-old finishing 1.06 sec behind the winner. Graham Babes guided the Douglas nine-year-old Eye Catcher into sixth place.
Simon Buckley posted an easy clear on Billy Be Merry (Billy Congo/Kannan) to take fifth in the 14-horse five-year-old 1.10m speed 4.69 sec off the pace.
Flo Norris claimed second in the 2* welcome 1.40m at the Palm Beach Masters at Deeridge Farm with Con Pleasure.
Fifty-five contended this two-phase class with Flo and the Contendro/For Pleasure 11-year-old finishing 0.31 sec behind the winner, The USA’s Rich Fellers on Steelbi.
Blythe Masters claimed third and seventh in the 55-strong 1.30m two-phase, finishing 1.23 sec behind the pace on the 10-year-old mare Eriana (Eldorado VD Zeshoek/Indoctro) and jumping double clear on the Luidam 12-year-old Damn Smooth.
Tom Whitaker claimed two of the top three places in the seven-year-old on day one at Sentower Park in Belgium.
Forty-one started in this 1.30m two-phase with Tom filling second and third, two sec behind the winner on Clever Boy Jun (Cordess 2/Quidam De Ravel) and taking third on Django De Paulanne (Untouchable/Diamant De Semily). Helen Tredwell was also double clear on Luikan (Luidam/Elanville) and Katinka Brogaard dropped down the order to 14th on four faults with Begonda Z.
Helen also picked up fourth in the 30-horse five 1.10m/six-year-old 1.20m with Royal Unity Z, the six-year-old Royal Vinckenburgh/Royal Bravour mare finishing 1.81 sec behind the pace.
Katinka jumped the Heartbeat nine-year-old Hulapalu into third in the 105-strong 2* 1.30m two-phase 1.53 sec off the winning time. Zak Beesley was also double clear for seventh on Sharon Whiteway’s eight-year-old Hermione.
Harry Wainwright steered Pinheiro Beech into a steady clear for 11th in the huge entry of 112 in the 2* 1.40m speed 5.71 sec behind the pace.
In Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Shane Breen eased Guminka into fourth in the 45-strong 3* 1.40m speed, the Bernini nine-year-old just shy of two sec off the pace. Steadier clears from Michael Whitaker on Flavio and Sam with Diamond Z claimed 16th and 18th.
Chad Fellows guided Eindhoven GH into fifth in the 1.45m grand prix qualifier over a two-phase track, the Vaillant 11-year-old 1.86 sec behind the winner.
Sam Hutton jumped into second in the six-horse decider of the seven-year-old with Duva, the Diarado mare finishing 1.33 sec behind the winner. Four faults put Megan Williams into sixth with Flicka. Steady rounds in day one’s seven-year-old handed Sam and Megan eighth and ninth.
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