Laura Renwick has been firing on all cylinders on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour in Portugal and today was no exception as she claimed victory in the feature 3* 1.45m with the home-bred Arkuga.
Seventy competitors contended this two-phase class with Laura and the Arko/Heartbreaker nine-year-old flying into the top spot to win with 0.39 sec in hand. Lily Attwood guided the Landor S 10-year-old Karibou Horta into third. John Whitaker claimed eighth on Unick Du Francport and Chloe Aston jumped a double clear for 11th aboard Flavie Van De Helle.
Olli Fletcher guided Horst Van De Mispelaere into second in the 3* 1.40m speed. Seventy-four tackled this class with Olli and the 13-year-old gelding finishing just 0.28 sec behind the winner. James Smith claimed eighth on Harmonia and steadier clears by Sophie Fawcett on Cedric, Lila Bremner with Memphis V/D Vaart and Laura Renwick’s Ceres Van Het Moeshof finished 12th, 13th and 14th.
Laura Mantel jumped into fourth in the 3* 1.30m speed with a huge 107-entry on Tesio P, the Billy Mexico/Flagmount King eight-year-old mare finishing 1.69 sec behind the winner. George Whitaker slotted the Carthino Z nine-year-old Giranette into fifth and Libby Lutener filled seventh place on Fres Belles. Charlene Bastone (Avalon Du Carpont) and Robert Smith (Cassan) jumped steadier clears for ninth and 10th while George was also clear on Peanut for 15th.
Emily Ward topped the 1.35m two-phase with Tilla Flamenco at WEF in Wellington, USA.
Seventy-two contended this class but Emily outpaced the lot on the Je T’Aime Flamenco/Hatttick eight-year-old to take the win by 0.30 sec.
Ben Maher claimed fourth in the 27-horse $,6000 1.40m two-phase on Gakhir 1.37 sec behind the winner, The USA’s Laura Chapot on Calafornia.
Emily Moffitt eased Winning Good into fifth in the 40-strong 5* 1.40m two-phase with a steady double clear almost six sec off the pace.
Will Edwards posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 40-entry to take sixth in the 17-horse decider 4.47 sec behind the pace on Captain Jack.
Matt Boddy was one of four riders to jump clear in the five-year-old on Carnegie Hall to share first place.
Kirstie Leightley jumped straight to the top in the 2* 1.30m in Royan, France, with Sunshine De La Love.
Twenty-five contended this two-phase class with Kirstie holding off all challenges with the Tlaloc M/Ryon D’Anzex 14-year-old Sunshine to win by 0.77 sec. A steadier double clear from Skye Higgin on Amazone Du Tillard finished 10th.
Scott Brash slotted Hello Shelby into second on day one at the Longines Global Champions tour in Doha, Qatar.
Forty-three contended this speed class – which also ran as round one of the Global Champions League – with Scott and the Stolzenberg/For Pleasure 11-year-old finishing just 0.11 sec behind the winner, France’s Kevin Staut on Visconti Du Telman. Shane Breen was almost one sec in arrears for fourth on the 10-year-old Compelling Z.
Scott joined forces with Denis Lynch on Rubens LS La Silla as the New York Empire in round one of the Global Champions League but four faults for Denis dropped the pair to 10th. Pieter Devos (Espoir) and Daniel Deusser (Killer Queen VDM) as the St Tropez Pirates lead the way on a zero score at the halfway stage by exactly one second.
Ellen Whitaker jumped to the top in the seven-year-old on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera on Icaterina.
Sixty contended the section A 1.35m speed – the class split due to the large entries – with Ellen and the Durango VDL/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve mare taking the win by a handsome 3.83 sec. Emma Stoker eased Nikka V/D Bisschop into eighth and Faye Sutton (Ninka-A Van’t Hof Ter Doorn) and Robert Murphy (Billy Pablo) also jumped clear for 13th and 14th.
Winners of both seven-year-old sections 24 hours earlier, Emma Stoker had to settle for second and third in the 59-horse seven-year-old section B with Q Seven (Quaid/Stakkato) and Newberry Balia NL (Emerald/Vincenzo) just 0.26 sec off the pace.
Jessica Hewitt clinched second place in the 62-strong six-year-old section A 1.25m speed on the Messenger/Continue mare Mojito TW 1.36 sec behind the winning time. Emma guided Orphea HQ into sixth with Alice Watson’s Cintrix De Ruisseau taking eighth, Megan James finished ninth on Billy Seymour and Miles Pearson (Justus) and Callie Chant (Zoom) netted 12th and 13th.
Jude Burgess topped the 34-entry five-year-old section B 1.10m two-phase with Pretty Woman Van Loheky 0.65 sec behind the winner. Scott Dollemore rode Claudine Z into ninth and Deborah Jackson was 14th on Comthauer PS.
Jai Snelling netted second in the 41-entry five-year-old section A on Kadanz Elrite 0.86 sec off the winning time. Anthony Condon slotted Family Affaire into ninth just ahead of Matt Sampson (Penturio Van Strijtem), Lucy Rhodes (Pippa Van’t Meutershof) and Max Routledge (Kapetero-F) in 10th, 11th and 12th.
Elliott Rowe guided James O’Hara H (Ublesco/Burggraaf) into fourth in the 58-horse six-year-old B section more than eight sec behind the winner. Olivia Skinner claimed eighth on Costa Del Sol B Z and Scott Dollemore was close behind for ninth with Oxford V/D Witte Driesendijk.
William Funnell was best Brit in the feature 104-strong 3* 1.50m speed taking seventh on Billy McCain 3.78 sec behind the winner. Tim Gredley steered Jimmy Mack V Berkenbroeck into 10th just ahead of British-based Irishman Michael Duffy in 11th on Jeff Ten Halven. Holly Smith eased Hearts Destiny into 12th with Joe Stockdale 13th aboard Gunner and Emma Stoker was 15th riding Kontador VDM.
Steady clears in the 98-strong big tour 3* 1.40m speed by Emma on Happynes, Jodie Hall-McAteer with Catoki and William Funnell’s Billy Guilder netted 10th, 12th and 13th.
In Valencia, Spain, Chloe Winchester claimed two of the top nine places in the 35-strong 3* 1.45m speed, claiming fifth on Don Corleone 111 2.54 sec off the pace and ninth with Lancetti V Zorgvliet.
David Wingrove eased the Dutch-bred Kingsley Van den Muggenhoek into third in the 13-strong five-year-old 1.10m speed seven sec off the pace. Carmen Edwards rode Foleade Du Mesnil (Calvaro FC/Baloubet Du Rouet) into fourth.
Abbe Burchmore Eames netted fourth in the 28-horse seven-year-old 1.30m speed with One Clarimo (Clarimo/Quidam De Revel) six sec behind the winner.
An easy clear in the 30-horse six-year-old 1.20m speed put Abbe and Justify into 11th spot.
In Herning, Denmark, Alex Gill eased Goldenstar into fourth in the 58-strong 3* 1.45m, the Bacardi VDL nine-year-old 6.82 sec behind the pace.
Ashlee Harrison claimed seventh in day one’s 58-strong 2* 1.40min a 31-horse decider with Atout Des Trambles more than three sec off the pace.
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