Laura Renwick hit the ground running at her first International show since the Covid-19 lockdown to win the 2* 1.40m with Arkuga at a busy Royan, France.
Eighty-nine competitors tackled this speed track with Laura and the home-bred nine-year-old Arkuga (Arko/Heartbreaker), claiming 1.29 sec to spare. Laura Mantel jumped a steadier round more than three sec in arrears to take ninth on the Renwick’s Top Dollar.
Laura Mantel was denied a win in the first day’s concluding 2* 1.30m by less than a second. Sixty-eight came forward in this speed class with Laura partnering another Renwick owned home-bred, Maverick. The eight-year-old Diamant De Semilly half-brother of Arkuga – out of the same Heartbreaker dam and former top speed mare, Beluga – came within 0.85 sec of the winning time for the runner-up position. Laura Renwick also jumped clear on MHS Alabama to take seventh while a steady clear for Louise Saywell earned 17th spot on Golden Arrow OL.
James Smith slotted The Black Flyer into third in the 72-strong 1* 1.30m speed 1.05 sec off the pace with Louise and Sharp Image hot on their heels for fourth. Steadier rounds from Laura Renwick on How’s My Name and Tony Pearson’s Captain Morgan filled 11th and 17th.
Easy clears were the order of the day in the six and seven-year-old classes to share the top spot including several Brits. Louise Saywell (Kingsborough Kasper), Laura Mantel (Idaho), Alice Bradford (Lady Quality Imp) and Tony Pearson (Wyoming 19) were amongst the 38 clears in the 53-horse seven-year-old and Laura Renwick (Cottee and Jolita L) and Laura Mantel (Aurora) posted clears in the 28-entry six-year-old.
Photos © Beth Mantel