Will Fletcher jumps to the top in Vilamoura

February 15, 2020

Brits filled the top three places in the 3* 1.35m in Vilamoura, Portugal, with Will Fletcher and Diane Wilson’s home-bred Tiger Bright leading the way. 

Thirty-one tackled this accumulator with Will and the 12-year-old mare flying into the top spot by 1.63 sec.  Laura Renwick brought the Grey Top eight-year-old Greta Garbo into second and James Smith filled third on the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve eight-year-old Harmonia.

Sixteen competitors returned maximum scores with Olli Fletcher guiding Horst Van De Mispelaere in sixth just ahead of Jack Nicklin on Cwiebus KK, William Walker’s Ustino, Lila Bremner on Memphis V/D Vaart and Douglas Duffin aboard CES Wicked Contender in seventh, eighth and ninth and 10th.  Steadier clears from Richard Jenkinson (Capri Sun) and Antonia Platt (Amigo) earned 13th and 14th. 

Louise Simpson galloped to the top in the 2* 1.30m on her seasoned campaigner Fiona V/H Lemmenshof.  A large entry of 81 didn’t faze Louise and she held off every challenge with the 15-year-old Nonstop daughter to win by 0.17 sec.  George Whitaker guided the nine-year-old Giranette (Carthino Z/Unaniem) into third and claimed sixth on Hopscotch.  Louise was also 10th on second ride Carracasca B and Tim Page was double clear with Grantstown Casino Royal for 12th place.

Louise Whitaker jumped into second on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Special Warrior in the big class of the day.  Sixty competitors contended the 3* 1.40m with 14 coming through to the jump-off, Louise and the Warrior/Caretino Glory 10-year-old mare finishing in the runner-up position 1.36 sec behind the winner, Italy’s Roberto Turchetto and Grappenmaker.  James was just a fraction slower for third on the 11-year-old Simply Splendid and Tim Page also came home on a double clear for fifth with Quick Quintender.  A rail down for Guy Williams on Cupido and John Whitaker’s Sharid claimed eighth and 10th.

John guided the eight-year-old stallion Storm (Handel II/Voltaire) into third in the 81-strong 1.20m two-phase 1.45 sec behind the pace.  Stacey Willsone rode CSF Olympic Lady into sixth with Paulette King ninth on Frangelico, John also picked up 12th on second ride Its Popcorn and Annabelle Brown posted a steady double clear for 16th with Lissyegan Luise Royale.

Laura Renwick claimed fourth in the 42-horse 1.40m speed 3.65 sec off the pace on Teza Englefield’s Astral 12-year-old Anvils Every Little Helps.  Jackson Reed-Stephenson steered Muna VD Bisschop into fifth, with Nicole Pavitt in sixth and seventh on Southend and Gisele D’Ecaussines and Olli Fletcher was also clear to take 14th on Webbswood True Blue.

Michaela Wood netted third in the 57-entry 1* 1.10m two-phase on Lingala 1.07 sec off the pace.  Alice Godfrey picked up fourth and sixth on Little Lord and Bugat Donat just ahead of Naomi Howard-Batts in seventh on Little Business.  Lisa Hales was eighth on SFS Arla while Victoria Kuligowski with Hot Blue and Nicole Pavitt aboard Xena 16 finished ninth and 10th.  Noora von Bulow claimed 12th and 18th on Second Chance and Dabelle with Stacey Willsone (Alsager) and Stephanie Smallman (Magic Mavis) took 14th and 17th.


Ellen Whitaker was best Brit in the top-billed Horseware grand prix to round off week one at the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera with Arena UK Winston.

Seventy originally contended this world ranking 2* 1.45m with 14 making their way into round two with qualifying clear rounds.  And Ellen guided the Waldo Van Dungen/Hamilton Tropics 11-year-old stallion into a second clear to take fourth 1.51 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Gudrun Patteet on Sea Coast Kashmira Z.  Joe Clayton aboard Like A Diamond Van Het Schaek and Emily Llewellyn with Sue Evans’ Sieco also provided double clears for seventh and ninth.


Robert Murphy posted a flying round in the 2* medium 1.35m two-phase with Elan.  Forty-two tackled this class with Robert and the Canturano/Numero Uno 11-year-old claiming victory with 2.16 sec in hand.  Matt Sampson jumped Rosi Belu into 10th, Ryan Lockwood was 12th on Twinning Hill and Jodie Hall-McAteer was double clear on Jalanna for 15th place.

Alice Watson clinched third place in the 44-horse 2* medium 1.40m speed with the Cevin Z 15-year-old Billy Lemon 2.25 sec off the pace.  Emily slotted Quidde Du Buisson Z into ninth and a steadier clear from Sienna Charles on Controe took 13th.

Alice picked up sixth in the 62-strong small 1.30m two-phase on Gift Of Mr Blue 3.09 sec behind the pace.  Robert finished ninth on It’s Me with Megan James posting double clears for 16th and 18th on My Lady OL and Quissini LS, sandwiching Jane Annett’s Cliasira BH into 17th.

Adam Taylor clinched second spot in the small 1.10m speed with the eight-year-old Annabel Z 0.44 sec behind the pace.  Lucy Rhodes rode Happy Girl into ninth with Kate Rocher-Smith in 14th on Drombane Dassett and Ellie Guy was also clear aboard Rocky Balboa for 16th.

Ellie Guy claimed 10th in the 45-entry small 1.25m speed with Martells Hocus Pocus II five sec off the pace.  Adam eased Gangster into 14th, Jodie claimed 17th on Carabelle, Kate finished 18th and 21st on Call Me Dassett and HHS Dassett Class and Kyle Bedford was 20th aboard Djunie.


Chris Franks galloped to victory in the 2* 1.30m with VC Vie De Valencio in Valencia, Spain. 

Twenty contended this speed class with Chris and the nine-year-old Ramiro B daughter flying into the top spot with 2.38 sec to spare.  Jemma Kirk was more than six sec in arrears for fourth on the 10-year-old Calvados Des Vergers Z.   

Abbe Burchmore-Eames jumped Casti Aneira into second in the 55-strong 1* 1.30m two-phase, the Lupicor/Casco 13-year-old mare finishing 0.69 sec behind the winner.  Tania Moody guided the 15-year-old Reine Du Very into fifth.

Tania reached the 10-horse decider of the 1.40m but 12 faults second time out dropped Forlan to ninth.  Karl Robins picked up one time fault in round one to take 13th on Stapleton Mist.

Paige Law claimed fourth in the 43-strong 1* 1.10m two-phase with the nine-year-old mare Cassilieneke H Z 1.28 sec behind the pace.  Abbe was slightly steadier for sixth on Booming Blue Z.

Abbe jumped the I’m Special De Muze/Stakkato mare Justify into fourth in the 16-horse jump-off of the six-year-old 4.69 sec off the pace.  Jay Buxton provided the steadiest of the double clears to take seventh on Billy Matador.  

David Wingrove posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 18-horse five-year-old 1.15m for sixth on Kingsley Van Den Muggenhoek 4.30 sec behind the winner.  Elliott Dowler returned clear and four for seventh with Klasse Dream Ryal.K.   

Eleanor Simpson secured sixth spot in the 16-horse jump-off of the 62-horse 1* 1.25m with the 11-year-old My Lucky Day eight sec off the pace.


Already a winner earlier in the week, Joe Trunkfield came up trumps in the five and six-year-old final with Ashley 55 at Lier in Belgium. 

Forty-one contended this two-phase class with Joe and the Reno 55/Burggraaf five-year-old proving quick and clean to win by 0.46 sec.  Zoe Potter eased the six-year-old My Lady (Mylord Carthago/Landor S) into third 1.18 sec in arrears while four faults in the second phase dropped Katie Pytches and Jitran to 19th.

One frustrating time fault in round one of the 35-horse seven-year-old denied Joe a jump-off chance and he finished sixth on Incognito (Applaus/Burggraaf).  He also finished seventh as the fastest of the four-faulters on I Luna L while Katie on Newton DB, Chantelle Duggan with Linton De La Chapelle and Angie Thompson’s Donna Sion also finished on four to take 10th, 14th and 20th.

Angie guided Flint K into fourth in the 80-entry 1* 1.30m speed, the Zapatero 10-year-old finishing 2.69 sec behind the pace.  Kellie Taylor was sixth on Ferro-Opaal with steadier clears from Joe on Idaho WP and Molly Davies with Boogie Woogie claimed 15th and 16th.  

Joe Fernyhough clinched second place in the 17-horse 1.10m two-phase 0.83 sec behind the pace on the JPC Modesto/Concorde seven-year-old Iejoor.  Sophie Wallace slotted A L’Amour De Longpre into third.   

Kellie eased the Denzel Van’t Meulenhof seven-year-old Iowenna into third in the 32-horse 1* 1.20m two-phase 1.43 sec behind the winner.

Steady double clears in the 44-strong 2* 1.35m two-phase handed the Brits lower places with Elizabeth Baker 14th on Birdy Du Thot and Joe (Calcourt Particle) and Romilly Simmons (In The Air) finishing 16th and 17th.


In Oliva Nova, Spain, Jo McGlory eased Calimera into third in the 89-horse silver 1.30m speed, the 10-year-old Conthargos daughter finishing 2.20 sec behind the winner.  Lucinda Roche slotted new ride Heartstring into eighth spot.

Emma Manton claimed fourth in the 54-strong bronze 1.10m two-phase on the 13-year-old Casanova Tom Boy almost two sec off the pace.

Naomi Maxted-Massey steered Mm Cute Contender into 10th in the 80-horse bronze 1.20m speed more than seven sec behind the pace.


 Four faults in the 10-horse decider of the 3* 1.50m at Neumunster, Germany, dropped Louise Saywell and the Chacco-Blue 12-year-old Jallelah OL down to eighth place.  Germany’s Nisse Luneburg took the win on Alina 440.

Louise picked up eighth in the 22-strong Ladies Cup 1.45m speed with Sharp Image, the Calvados Z 11-year-old 4.66 sec behind the winner.

And Louise posted an easy clear in the youngster cup seven and eight-year-old 1.40m speed to take 12th on the Kannan seven-year-old Kingsborough Kasper 3.49 sec off the pace.


Alexandra Thornton posted a double clear to take fourth in the Palm Beach Masters over a 1.50m track to take fourth place at Deeridge Farms. 

Eight of the 30 starters qualified for the jump-off with Alexandra and the Chacco-Blue/Argentinus 14-year-old Charielle again coming home penalty-free to finish 1.69 sec behind the winner, Israel’s Sidney Shulman on Villamoura.  Amanda Derbyshire was also a member of the jump-off but eight faults dropped Luibanta BH down to eighth while Alexandra and second ride Cornetto K finished 10th on one time fault in round one.

Four faults in the 22-horse 5* 1.45m speed put Amanda and Oasis Spirit into 13th place.



Flo Norris jumped into fourth in the Hermes under 25 welcome speed with Con Pleasure 5 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, USA.  

Forty-nine competitors took part with Flo and the 11-year-old finishing exactly four sec off the pace. Jess Mendoza eased Diamants Aurora into eighth and Emily Moffitt was also clear with Kalinka De Kalvarie for 14th.



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