Guy Williams continued with his good run of form to take victory in the big class of the day in Vilamoura, Portugal, with Rouge De Ravel.
Winner of the grand prix days earlier by just 0.01 sec over Laura Renwick, Guy must have a clock running in his head because he achieved the win again by just one hundredth of a second. Seventy-eight contended the 3* 1.45m two-phase with Guy edging ahead by the narrowest of margins on the 15-year-old selle Francais stallion Rouge. And he was 0.52 sec in arrears with second ride Cupido to also take third, sandwiching France’s Olivier Guillon on Vitot Du Chateau. John Whitaker slotted Unick Du Francport into fifth with Chloe Aston in sixth aboard Flavie Van De Helle and Douglas Duffin was also double clear for ninth on Linares BG.
Adrian Whiteway eased the Nathos R 15-year-old Anytime II into fourth in the 90-horse 3* 1.40m speed 2.44 sec behind the pace. Olli Fletcher slotted Horst Van De Mispelaere into sixth and James Smith claimed eighth on Harmonia.
Brits filled five of the top six places in the 75-entry 3* 1.30m speed section B with Lily Attwood leading the way on the eight-year-old mare Hanniemo G, winning by 0.16 sec. Alex Bishop steered the 10-year-old Furore S into second with George Whitaker in third on the Carthino Z nine-year-old Giranette. Robert Smith finished fifth on Newton Pacific, Tim Page was sixth riding Grantstown Casino Royal and John Whitaker took ninth on Storm.
Barry Dove eased Fifa Paola into eighth in the 73-strong 1.30m section A 6.76 sec behind the winning time. Chloe took ninth on Febrin and Libby Lutener finished 12th with Southend.
Charlene Bastone claimed a winning double in the age classes. She jumped to the top in the seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase with the Telstar De La Pomme/Quidam De Revel gelding Daytona De Vains, holding off the challenges of her 16 rivals to win by 0.55 sec. Tim Page finished second on the Pacino stallion Hillcoote Border Fox.
Brits dominated the 27-horse five-year-old 1.10m speed, Charlene claimed the winning spot on Hunters Scendro/Mille-Ramiro stallion Painted White Van Burghof with 0.38 sec to spare. Libby Lutener guided Uptons Kanga (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Jazz) into second with Alex Bishop third on Nobelle Casscania. Stephen Lohoar finished sixth on Joe Malone TL and steadier clears from William Walker with Donna Van’t Gebergte Z and Stephen on second ride Kameron LSH took 10th and 11th.
Honor Draycott clinched victory in the nine-entry 1.10m speed on Lux Z/Clover Hill 13-year-old Lux De Lux with eight sec to spare over Francesca Draycott’s nine-year-old Irish mare Fernhill Fair Cruise.
Tim Page was 0.27 sec behind the pace in the 23-strong six-year-old 1.20m two-phase for second place on DC Cordelia. Joanne Whitaker claimed third on Jinocentia Eickenrode and picked up ninth on London Eye. Nathalie Phillips guided Artilla into seventh and Barry Dove provided the steadiest of the double clears for 10th on Balou For Pleasure while Laura Mantel posted the fastest time of the class but four faults dropped Aurora from victory to 13th.
One time fault in the second phase of the 10-horse 1.20m put William Walker and the seven-year-old Carmargue stallion K&T Carmalon into third.
An on-form Georgia Tame almost made it a hat-trick in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, but had to settle for two wins and a second place.
Forty-two contended the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Cup over a 5* 1.45m speed track with Georgia galloping ahead on the Carambole/Equador 11-year-old Evita to win with 2.36 sec in hand. Jack Ryan clinched third spot on KBS Major Player.
Georgia commandingly topped the 2* Al Shira’aa grand prix qualifier with Z Seven Ascot. Forty-five competitors tackled this 1.40m speed but they were no match for Georgia and she forged ahead on the Nonstop/Voltaire nine-year-old Ascot to win by 2.33 sec. Trevor Breen was more than four sec in arrears for third on the eight-year-old Highland President while four faults dropped Chad Fellows and Tachini Z down to 11th.
It was Jack who denied Georgia her hat-trick, claiming victory in the 51-strong 2* 1.30m two-phase by 0.70 sec on the Bernini-Lupicor nine-year-old Guminka. Georgia slotted nine-year-old Can Ya Makan daughter Z7 Canya Dance, bringing their winning tun of five victories on the trot to an end.
Scott Brash was a fraction away from victory in the 5* 1.50m on day one in Al Shaqab, Qatar, with Hello Shelby.
Forty-five contended this speed class with Scott and the Stolzenberg/For Pleasure 11-year-old finishing just 0.16 sec behind the winner, France’s Julien Epaillard on Virtuose Champeix. Jack Whitaker was more than two sec adrift for sixth on Scenletha.
A steady run out resulting in a double clear on Hello Senator earned Scott 13th place in the 40-strong 1.45m two-phase more than seven sec behind the pace. Julien was also the winner here, this time riding Alibi De La Roque and with 1.08 sec to spare over The Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten on Edinburgh.
James Davenport slotted One Endeavour into second in the big tour 4* 1.40m two-phase on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain.
A total of 132 competitors jumped in this class and it was split into two sections, James taking the runner-up spot in Group 1 on the Kannan/Burggraaf 12-year-old 1.40 sec off the pace. Pippa Funnell on Billy Kodak and Tim Gredley’s Renkum Olinthos finished 13th and 14th.
Jake Saywell took third in the group 2 1.40m on the nine-year-old Lukas Van De Kievitsdriesen 0.97 sec behind the winner, The USA’s Julie Welles with Lumbumbo. Kayleigh Watts slotted Ninkie De Vy Z into fifth with Emma Stoker in seventh aboard Happynes.
James Wilson claimed fifth in the big tour 4* 1.50m speed with Imagine De Muze, the Nabab De Reve/Chin Chin 12-year-old finishing 3.16 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Dermott Lennon on MJM Pursuit. Matt Sampson also returned a clear for 11th place with Cristo Beech.
Emma jumped to the top in the 75-horse seven-year-old section A 1.35m speed with Q Seven (Quaid/Stakkato) touting a 0.67 sec advantage. Max Routledge guided IV Willem (Cassini Gold/Revel O) into third and David McPherson eased No-Comment De Septon into eighth.
Jane Annett was just 0.20 sec off winning the 74-entry seven-year-old section B and had to settle for second with Impala (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Kojak). Megan James was a further 0.30 sec in arrears for third with Inwood (Kannan/Kashmir Van Schuttershof) and Pippa Funnell netted fifth on Billy Trysil. Megan also picked up seventh with Funisa BH and Emma claimed 10th aboard Nikka VD Bisschop.
Brits led the way in the six-year-old section A 1.25m speed with Jessica Hewitt in the top spot on Tom Williams’ Mojito TW, the Messenger/Continue mare taking the win by just 0.05 sec. Emma slotted Orphea HQ (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Epleaser Van’t Heike) into second while Jake Saywell (Ebanking), Miles Pearson (Justus) and Megan James (Billy Seymour) posted clears for eighth, ninth and 11th.
Olivia Skinner rode Jobijn into third in the six-year-old section B, the Everdale/AES Atlantic mare more than nine sec off the pace. Steadier clears from Jude Burgess (Jackson) and Charlie Jones (Jacquard) finished 10th and 11th.
Jai Snelling featured strongly in the five-year-old classes. He headed the 1.10m section B two-phase in a British top three, winning by 1.53 sec on Kama VDL. Emily Llewellyn eased Mr QT (Mr Visto/Quick Star) into second and Arianna Kuligowski finished third aboard Kindependance JWB. Adam Taylor took fifth on Quikzilver W with Jude Burgess in seventh on Pretty Woman Van Loheky, Anna McVeigh finished ninth with Kayne and Tom Monaghan was 12th on Karavenna.
Jai claimed second in the 1.10m section A 0.67 sec behind the winning time on Kadanz Elrite. Chuffy Clarke was seventh on Morelands Havana just ahead of Alice Palmer in eighth with Tres Bien Z and Danny Dunne was also double clear for 11th on Fancy Girl Semilly.
Jodie Hall-McAteer slipped into eighth place in the 90-strong big tour 1.35m speed with Jalanna more than seven sec off the pace.
Jack Stirling ended the final five-year-old class of the tour in Oliva Nova, Spain, on a high with victory on the consistent Feel The Wind Semilly at the stallion’s first show.
Only 16 contended this 1.15m two-phase class but the quality was there and Jack eased Oakingham Stud’s Kannan/Diamant De Semilly stallion into the top spot with an impressive 4.62 sec in hand. Jack was also double clear on Saint Thomas OS to take fifth.
Lucinda Roche netted third in the 63-horse gold 1.30m speed with new ride Heartstring, the Cicero Z Van Paemel/Heartbreaker 10-year-old finishing 2.46 sec behind the winner.
Shane O’Meara claimed second in the 28-strong six-year-old 1.25m two-phase with OS Cotes De Provenc (Luidam/Tinka’s Boy) 2.53 sec behind the pace. Ashley Ray was also penalty-free and guided OS Meursault (Typhoon S/Clarimo) into fifth.
A steady double clear in the 86-entry silver 1.35m two-phase handed Tess Carmichael and Atlantis PP Z 17th place.
Sandy McLean claimed victory in the five-year-old 1.10m/six-year-old 1.20m with Jazou Fortuna in Peelbergen, Kronenberg, The Netherlands.
Forty-nine contended this two-phase class with Sandy and the Zavall VDL/Quality Time TN six-year-old winning by a handsome 1.67 sec. Zoe Potter was sixth on the six-year-old My Lady (Mylord Carthago/Landor S) and jumped double clear with Jolo Van’t Veller for 14th.
An easy clear in the 73-strong 2* 1.40m speed handed Graham Lovegrove and the Numero Uno 14-year-old Bacardi sixth place more than six sec behind the winner.
At WEF in Wellington, USA, Ben Maher guided Ginger-Blue into third in the 65-strong Welcome Stakes speed more than five sec off the pace. Billy Twomey opted for a steady clear with Lady Lou to take 19th.
Flo Norris eased Kadance Van’t Lozerhof into fourth in the 75-horse 1.40m two-phase 2.82 sec behind the winner.
In Valencia, Spain, Olivia Poole guided Elnora into second in the 66-horse 2* 1.30m speed, the 11-year-old Ukato/Goodtimes mare finishing 0.59 sec behind the pace. Abbe Burchmore Eames eased the Lupicor 13-year-old Casti Aneira into fifth.
Abbe picked up fourth in the 28-entry seven-year-old 1.30m speed 6.86 sec off the pace with One Clarimo (Clarimo/Quidam De Ravel). Chloe Winchester jumped a steadier clear to take eighth on Icaterma.
Elliott Dowler had to settle for the runner-up spot in two of the age classes. He slipped into second in the 30-strong six-year-old 1.20m speed with the Vittorio/Numero Uno mare Jelly-Bean 1.46 sec behind the winner. Bethanie Knight was just behind in third on Julius.
In the 15-horse five-year-old 1.10m speed, Klasse Dream Ryal.K claimed second 0.95 sec off the pace. David Wingrove eased Kingsley Van Den Muggenhoek and Carmen Edwards came home on one time fault for seventh on Pessoa Van De Winterbeek.
Kirstie Leightley claimed sixth in the 75-strong 1.30m two-phase with Sunshine De La Love 0.83 sec behind the winner.
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