Laura Mantel adds to her winning tally in Vilamoura


Laura Mantel scored another win on a successful Vilamoura Atlantic tour, taking victory in the six-year-old grand prix with John and Laura Renwick's home-bred Aurora.

It was no mean feat as the 42 starters were reduced to 19 for the jump-off with Laura and the Typhoon S/For Pleasure mare winning with 0.22 sec to spare. The win marked the second grand prix victory of the tour for this consistent mare.

Jackson Reed-Stephenson eased Obelia VD Bisschop (Nabab De Reve/Baloubet Du Rouet) into third 0.70 sec in arrears with Barry Dove on Chataga Z and Nathalie Phillips aboard Atilla also provided double clears for ninth and 10th. Laura picked up four faults on second ride Maleficent to drop from fourth to 12th and Tim Page (Katorevel) and Chloe Aston (Nanuchka Van Berkenbroeck Z) also came home on four to take 14th and 17th while Joanne Whitaker (Jinocentia Eickenrode) and Joao Charlesworth finished on eight for 18th and 19th.

Just one tenth of a second denied Arabella Prior victory in the 47-entry five-year-old 1.10m two-phase and she had to settle for second on Lampard (Marius Claudius/Tlaloc M). Ireland’s Liam O’Meara took the win on Dodarde E Z (Dallas VDL/Zeus). Alex Bishop jumped into fourth on Nobelle Casscania and Joao Charlesworth with Balou Du Vol and Barry aboard Kaspar De Tammerville finished eighth and ninth. Steadier double clears from Stephen Lohoar (Joe Malone TL and Kameron LSH) and Joao with second ride Vereno I earned 12th, 14th and 15th places.

Sophie Fawcett claimed fifth in the 41-strong seven-year-old 1.30m with Calson, the Casall/Clarimo stallion finishing 1.83 sec behind the winner in the 14-horse jump-off. Joao steered Unbreakable Z into eighth while four faults dropped Robert Smith and Nonante to 12th.

Four faults in the six-horse 1.30m speed put Stephen Lohoar and Horatio Van Ter Hulst into third.

Richard Jenkinson came home on one time fault in the 22-horse 1.20m speed for 11th on Cobalt II.

Georgia Tame scored her fourth win in a row with victory in the 2* 1.30m speed on Z7 Canya Dance.

A big entry of 71 tackled this class but no-one could catch an on-form Georgia and she galloped into the top spot by a commanding 7.55 sec.

Trevor Breen slotted Z7 Caretina into third in the 45-strong 5* 1.45m speed, the nine-year-old Coltaire Z daughter finishing 1.63 sec off the pace.

Georgia reached the 10-horse jump-off of the 42-strong 5* Longines grand prix qualifier over a 1.50m track with Can Ya Makan but four faults dropped the 14-year-old Canturo stallion down to ninth. Four faults in round one put Sam Hutton and Curious George into 17th. Germany’s David Will took the win on Dsrius De Kezeg Z by just 0.03 sec.

Brits filled two of the top three places in the six-year-old on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera, but Jessica Hewitt and Jake Saywell had to settle for second and third.

Eighty-one contended this 1.20m two-phase class with Portugal’s Joao Pedro Gomes proving the runaway winner with almost three sec to spare on Elegant Gypsy De Lure. Jessica claimed the runner-up spot on Tom Williams Messenger/Continue mare Mojito TW and Jake Saywell was 0.87 sec in arrears for third on Ebanking. An easier double clear handed Miles Pearson and Justus 10th place.

Alice Watson claimed third in the 88-entry six-year-old section A with the consistent Cintrix Du Ruisseau, the Cinsey/Prince D’Incoville mare finishing 1.05 sec behind the winner. Olivia Skinner piloted Jobijn (Everdale/AES Atlantic) into fifth with David McPherson in 10th on Jordi-Zavall and Megan James finished 16th with Billy Seymour.

Max Routledge slotted IV Willem (Cassini Gold/Revel O) into third in the 87-horse seven-year-old section B 1.30m speed 1.59 sec behind the winner. Jake Saywell jumped Irmette Balia PJ into sixth with Lucy Townley on Billy Pablo, Simon Crippen aboard Billy Pearl, Kayleigh Watts with Sacino and Jude Burgess riding Nikita Van De Vlasbloemhoeve in 10th, 15th and 16th and 18th.

Elloise Smit steered Iris into sixth in the 84-strong seven-year-old section A 1.30m almost eight sec behind the pace. Pippa Funnell claimed 10th and 13th on Billy Trysil and Billy Bud with Jodie Hall-McAteer (Itoulavsca Fortuna) and Megan James (Inwood) posting steadier clears for 15th and 20th.

Adam Taylor scored victory in the 43-entry five-year-old 1.10m two-phase with Kwikzilver W by 0.25 sec. Cressy Neads was 2.45 sec in arrears for fifth on Gremlin (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Stakkato Gold) and Lucy Rhodes (Pippa Van’t Meutershof), Charlotte Geddes (Celeste RBF Z) and Chuffy Clarke (Morelands Havana) returning penalty-free for seventh, eighth and ninth.

Jai Snelling eased Kadanz Elrite into sixth in the 49-horse five-year-old section A 2.69 sec off the pace. Max Routledge was close behind for seventh on Kapetero-F with Jude aboard Pretty Woman Van Loheky in 10th, Danny Dunne claimed 12th on Vegas Z with steadier double clears from Jessica Hewitt (Champus Bu Z), Charlie Jones (Coolnorran Libbalou) and Jake Saywell (Kilkenny VDL) finishing 16th, 17th and 19th.

Jack Stirling guided Feel The Wind Semilly into third in the five-year-old final in Oliva Nova, Spain.

Twenty-nine came forward over a 1.15m track with 20 reaching round two, Jack and Oakingham Stud’s Kannan/Diamant De Semilly stallion finishing two sec behind the winner, Denmark’s Pernille Tribler on Zucchero. Shane O’Meara was also riding for Oakingham Stud and claimed fifth on Trinidad OS (Zirocco Blue VDL/Warrant) and Jack also produced the steadiest double clear for 14th on second ride Saint Thomas OS.

Text and Photos © Jumping Around/Vilamoura Atlantic tour/One Shot, Emirates Longines Showjumping & MET & Oneclicphoto

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