Matt Sampson lands a victory double in Spain
An on-form Matt Sampson posted a victory double in Oliva Nova, Spain, including the feature world ranking class.
A total of 77 tackled the 1.45m grand prix qualifier over a two-phase track with Matt and Geneve R holding back all challenges, the Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Berlin nine-year-old flying ahead to win by 0.29 sec and push speedy Frenchman Julien Epaillard on Quincy Lady into second. British-based Irishman Michael Duffy eased Zilton SI Z into fifth and Tim Gredley was also double clear on Jimmy Van Berkenbroeck Z for 10th.
Matt raced ahead in the gold 1.40m speed with new ride Curraghraigue Obos Flight. Fifty-one contended this class with Matt firing ahead on the Obos Quality/Errigal Flight eight-year-old to win by 0.45 sec. Anna Wilks was five sec in arrears for third with the eight-year-old Cicero Z Van Paemel stallion Guestlist.
Kayleigh Watts was on a mission, notching up a double victory and almost making it three.
Kayleigh topped the 19-strong bronze 1.35m speed with 0.41 sec to spare on the Chatman/Eros Platiere 10-year-old Kimosa Van Het Fritrahof. Jo McGlory made it a British one-two with second place on the Kannan/Darco 13-year-old Triomphe Kervac.
Forty-one tackled the silver 1.25m speed with Kayleigh easing Mlevin VD Bisschop ahead, the Elvis Ter Putte/Nabab De Reve eight-year-old winning by 1.18 sec. Ellen Whitaker guided H Quainton Xtra Factor into sixth and Tim Gredley was also clear on Be Cool Harry for 12th place.
Kayleigh was 0.60 sec off victory in the silver 1.40m speed and had to settle for second and third with the Gelvin Clover 10-year-old Kilbarron Rue and Quadrillo 13-year-old Harley. Ellen jumped Hulahupe JR into seventh and Tim returned a steadier clear for 19th on Renkum Olinthos.
Kayleigh also claimed fifth in the 30-horse bronze 1.20m speed on the Arko/Nonstop eight-year-old Arko’s Girl Z more than seven sec behind the winner. Amelie Gachoud guided Charity 33 into seventh with Domenique Bonelli (New Blue) and Jo McGlory (Simply Classy) in 11th and 12th.
A steady clear in the 17-strong bronze 1.10m speed handed Amelie Villeneuve-Moore eighth place on Aycha GDE Z 12 sec off the pace.
Amelie Gachoud provided the steadiest of the clears in the 27-horse bronze 1.30m speed to take 12th with The Precious One.
Dan Moseley steered Magic Quality into seventh in the 84-entry gold 1.35m speed 2.47 sec off the pace.
James Whitaker jumped to the top in the 2* 1.35m in Sentower Park, Belgium, with Lammy Beach. Eighty-seven contended this two-phase class but none of the competitors could match his quick, fast-paced round with every turn utilised and Merna Merrett’s Beach Ball 12-year-old claimed the win by 0.84 sec.
Zak Beesley led a British top two in the 48-horse 2* 1.30m speed on Sharon Whiteway’s Ultima, the Casall/Locato 16-year-old mare winning by an impressive 4.86 sec. Katinka Brogaard jumped Galveston G into second and Zak also picked up fifth on the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve eight-year-old Hermione.
Alice Weightman was also a winner, topping the 29-horse 1.20m two-phase with Cindy, the Gelha’s VDL Emilion 13-year-old flying into the top spot by 0.29 sec. Harry Wainwright finished the two rounds on a total of two time faults for 15th on Ikatosca HBC.
Four faults in the first round of the 1.45m denied James a jump-off chance but Caloro Ex Z was the quickest four-faulter for 18th place.
Steven Franks landed the 2* 1.30m speed on Billy Ginger in Valencia, Spain.
Fifty-six contended this class with Steven and the Billy Congo/Gladstone 14-year-old mare forging ahead to win by 1.25 sec. A steadier clear form Lance Whitehouse on Balzac slotted into 14th.
Elliott Dowler claimed second in the 25-horse six-year-old with Jelly-Bean, the Vittorio/Numero Uno mare finishing 0.37 sec behind the pace. Graham Babes guided Monks I Am Casall into seventh with Steven Franks (Billy Clairet) and Simon Buckley (Fair Chance) also jumping double clear for 10th and 11th.
A double clear in the 14-strong five-year-old 1.10m two-phase handed Simon and Billy Be Merry (Billy Congo/Kannan) fifth place.
Lance posted a double clear in the 2* 1.45m two-phase to take ninth on Alex H. Simon Buckley also left all the fences intact to take 14th on Elia.
Jackson Reed-Stephenson returned penalty-free in the 30-entry seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase for 11th on Cevin’s Heartbreaker eight sec off the pace.
Four faults in the 1* 1.10m speed dropped Hadden Frost and Alanta to eighth.
Laura Renwick claimed second in the 3* 1.45m with Bintang II on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour, Portugal.
Fifteen of the 47 starters posted first round clears to access the jump-off with Laura and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 14-year-old finishing just 0.08 sec behind the winner, France’s Jerome Hurel on Icarus V’T Klavertje Vier. Guy Williams netted third and fourth with Rouge De Ravel and Cicero II and James Smith slotted Simply Splendid into fifth. Four faults dropped Laura’s second ride Arkuga, Lily Attwood’s Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z and James on Elmo Brown to ninth, 10th and 11th.
Runners-up 24 hours earlier, Adrian Whiteway and Anytime II again had to settle for second place in the 43-strong 2* 1.40m speed, the Nathos R/Rubert R 15-year-old finishing 1.28 sec behind the winner. Laura Renwick guided the 12-year-old Astral mare Anvil’s Every Little Helps into fourth and Lily Attwood was also clear to take ninth on Calvaro’s Up To Date.
Jack Nicklin landed a win in the 52-entry 1.20m speed with the 13-year-old Cwuiebus KK, winning with 1.04 sec in hand. Arabella Prior was more than four sec behind the pace for fifth on the Quidam Junior nine-year-old MHS Sanfrancisco.
James and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve eight-year-old Harmonia alongside Donald Whitaker with the Numero Uno 12-year-old crossed the finish line in exactly the same time to take sixth in the 50-strong 1.35m two-phase.
Emma Richardson jumped into third with Anvils Every Little Helps II, the nine-year-old mare finishing more than six sec behind the pace. Annabelle Brown took seventh on Felicio and Francesca Draycott was also clear with Fernhill Fair Cruise for 12th.
In Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Jack Whitaker eased Scenletha into seventh in the 33-strong 3* 1.45m speed with a steady clear more than 11 sec behind the winner. Michael Whitaker was also clear on Flavio to take ninth.
Chad Fellows finished equal third in the 1.70m Sharjah Islamic Bank Cup after retiring in the fourth round with Tachini Z.
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