Charlene Bastone is best Brit in Vilamoura
Charlene Bastone was in the mix in the top-billed 3* grand prix with Sanlou in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Forty-eight initially tackled the 1.50m Olympic qualifier track with eight producing clears to access the jump-off, four of them Brits. But clears were much harder to obtain second time out and penultimate drawn Charlene opted for accuracy as just one fast clear from France’s Mathieu Billot on Quel Filou 13 led the way.
And Charlene achieved her aim on the big-striding, scopey Sandro Boy/Chacco-Blue 12-year-old Sanlou to slot into second nine sec behind the leader. However, last-to-go France’s Anouk de Riujter also aimed for a clear on Quantas 15 to beat Charlene by more than four sec and push her into third. Adrian Whiteway’s early round on the eight-year-old Cooley Network finished on four for fifth with Will Fletcher’s Persimmon coming home on eight to take seventh and Lily Attwood took eighth on Karibou Horta.
Brits filled three of the top four places in the 3* 1.30m accumulator with Jack Nicklin and the consistent Cwiebus KK leading the way.
Fifty competitors bid for the top spot but no-one could match Jack and the 13-year-old gelding and they claimed a 2.64 sec victory. Olli Fletcher guided the Wandor Van De Mispelaere 13-year-old Horst Van De Mispelaere into second and Louise Simpson claimed fourth on the 14-year-old Carracasca B. Tim Page was sixth on Grantstown Casino Royal, Adrian Whiteway netted ninth aboard Dante Van De Moskifarm ahead of Barry Dove in 10th on Fifa Paola, 11th-placed Louise Whitaker with Concert Z, Donald Whitaker in 12th on Holiday Vis and Stacey Willsone also clocked a maximum score for 14th on CSF Olympic Lady.
A mammoth 117 competitors tackled the 3* 1.35m and only 17 made their way into the jump-off with James Smith slotting Elmo Brown into third, the Quality/No Limit 11-year-old finishing 1.48 sec behind the pace. Adrian Whiteway guided the Nathos R 15-year-old Anytime II into fourth and James also picked up sixth on Harmonia. Antonia Platt slipped into seventh on Amigo with Lila Bremner ninth aboard Memphis V/D Vaart with the steadiest of the double clears. Four faults dropped Nicole Pavitt on Gisele D’Ecaussines and George Whitaker’s Coromiro II down to 11th and 12th.
Michaela Wood upped the pace to pilot Lingala into second in the 55-horse 1* 1.10m speed, the Billy Congo/Karandasj nine-year-old finishing 2.30 sec off the pace. Honor Draycott claimed fourth on Lux De Lux and Nicole’s Xena 16 alongside Stacey Willsone aboard Alsager took eighth and ninth. Noora von Bulow finished 12th and 18th on Second Chance and Dabelle, Stephanie Small man was 13th on Magic Mavis, Naomi Howard-Batts rode Little Business and Billy Starlet into 14th and 19th, Carolyn Rondel finished 15th with Corento, Annabelle Brown took 17th on Felicio and Diane Wilson was also clear on Questiontime and Bruce Almighty IV for 20th and 21st.
Charlene eased the Quicksilber 11-year-old Misty Blue into sixth in the 78-entry 1.20m speed 4.51 sec behind the winner. Sophie Evans jumped MHS La Scala into ninth with steadier clears from Barry Dove (Germates), Stacey Willsone (Newton Nickel), Ella Derbyshire (Billy Galleon) and Freya Webb (Riccione 01) taking 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.
Nick Benterman clocked up a win in the 3* 1.40m in Lillestrom, Norway, with Chaccorino.
Fifty-two contended this two-phase class with Nick holding off all challenges on the Chacco-Blue/Carinue 10-year-old – fifth in day one’s 1.30m – to win with 0.46 sec in hand.
And Nick claimed third in the final day’s feature 3* 1.50m grand prix with Don Diablo HX. Eight of the 31 starters accessed the jump-off with Nick and the Vittorio/Calvados 12-year-old posting the steadiest of the double clears to take third 12 sec behind the winner, Sweden’s Jens Fredricson on Karmel Van De Watering.
Fifth in Thursday’s 1.30m, Nick claimed eighth in Friday’s 37-horse 1.40m speed on the 10-year-old Assira Berlin/Balou Du Rouet) with a steady clear more than nine sec off the pace. Four faults in Saturday’s 39-entry 1.40m winning round dropped Nick and Assira into fourth.
Abbe Burchmore Eames was a tiny fraction from victory in the 1* grand prix of Valencia, Spain, and had to settle for second with Casti Aneira.
Only seven of the 43 starters qualified for the jump-off with round one clears with Abbie and the Lupicor/Casco 13-year-old mare in contention all the way but just missed out on a win by 0.05 sec. Tania Moody was also one of the elite seven and rode the Flipper D’Elle 15-year-old Reine Du Very into another clear for third.
Graham Babes eased Glencoe into fourth in the 28-strong 2* 1.40m two-phase, the Chellthago Z/Numero Uno nine-year-old finishing 2.06 sec behind the pace. Jemma kirk claimed 10th on Calvados Des Vergers Z and Amy Inglis provided the steadiest of the double clears for 13th on Wishes.
Jemma Kirk claimed third in the 10-horse decider of the seven-year-old 1.35m 1.50 sec behind the winning time on Billy Ballybeg (Billy Mexico/Clover Hill). Jemma finished fifth on second ride Diamonds Are Unique with Jay Buxton producing the steadiest of the double clears for seventh on Strides Josie and four faults put Tamia Moody’s Nosa JW into eighth.
Eleanor Simpson jumped into second in the 70-horse 1* 1.20m speed with the 11-year-odl mare My Lucky Day just 0.19 sec behind the winner.
Four faults in round one of the 2* grand prix denied Karl Robins a jump-off chance and put G Camille HBF into 12th. Switzerland’s Romain Duguet claimed victory by almost four sec on Bel Canto De Boguin.
Jemima Finlay steered the Errigal Flight 13-year-old Portland Flight into third in the 26-entry 1* 1.10m speed 1.94 sec off the pace. Natalia De Putron was also clear for seventh on Gijs Brabant-Lease.
British-based Irishman Eoin Gallagher steered Bigstar Derick into third in Oliva Nova's gold 1.40m two-phase in Spain, the Popstar Lozonais nine-year-old finishing 1.40 sec behind the pace.
Eoin was one of 19 initial clears in the 56-strong world ranking 1.45m grand prix but eight faults in the jump-off dropped Di Caprio down to 14th.
Emma Manton claimed third in the 44-strong bronze 1.10m with the 13-year-old Casanova Tom Boy finishing 1.25 sec behind the winner in the 19-horse jump-off.
Camilla Bingham joined the 12-horse jump-off of the bronze tour final over a 1.40m track but eight faults second time out dropped Sportfield Fleurie down to 12th.
In Lier, Belgium, a steady clear in the 15-strong 1* 1.10m speed earned Sophie Wallace fifth spot on Countess II some 16 sec off the pace.
Nathan Bull jumped an easy double clear in the 47-entry 2* 1.35m two-phase to take ninth on Milton Van Vrijhern 4.50 sec off the winning time. Elizabeth Baker guided Birdy Du Thot into 15th with double clears from Romilly Simmons (In The Air) and Joe Fernyhough (Calcourt Particle) taking 17th and 18th.
Joe steered Iejoor into eighth in the 30-horse 1* 1.20m speed nine sec behind the pace. Francis Whittington claimed 12th and 14th on Nimrod II and Evento and Poppy Deakin was also clear for 15th with Cita P Z.
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