Tabitha Kyle scores a double in France
Tabitha Kyle scored a victory double in Le Mans, France, riding both ponies and horses, and narrowly missed out on a hat-trick.
The big, rangy Irish-bred Grennanstown Sarco Lux Hill came to the fore in the children-on-horses 1.20m speed for the diminutive 13-year-old Tabitha, who easily switched from her 148cm ponies during the day. Sixty-seven started in this class but Tabitha easily outpaced them all on the 17hh 10-year-old to win with 1.95 sec in hand. Laura Gaukroger was also clear aboard Billy Heythrop for eighth.
Tabitha jumped into the top spot in the pony 1.15m speed with Orchid’s Vienna, the Dutch-bred 14-year-old flying into the top spot to beat all 12 rivals by an impressive 7.66 sec. Henry Squibb was faster still on Clyde Barrows but a rail down led to groans from his supporters and fourth place. Elsi Jacques finished sixth with Westward Sunshine.
Tabitha almost made it three in the seven-year-old pony speed some 12 sec in front of the winner but a rail on the floor put the Irish-bred Lickaun Lady into second.
Megan Li posted the steadiest of the clears in the 43-strong pony 1.25m speed to take sixth place on Harry. Tabitha returned the fastest four faults with Atomic Du Bary to drop from a possible second to seventh.
Natasha Hewitt hit top gear on Canant to secure victory in the amateur 1.15m two-phase. Forty-five starters contended this class with Natasha outpacing them all on the speedy Ukato/Jasper 13-year-old year-old to win by 0.98 sec. Ellie Burrell-Squibb was almost four sec in arrears for fourth on Zalander and four faults dropped Charlotte Young and Sheyenne 27 to 13th.
Tony Pearson slotted Berlin into eighth in the 88-horse 1* 1.25m two-phase more than four sec off the pace. Ben Clark’s steady double clear on NPS Flare finished 18th.
Four faults in the 100-strong 2* 1.45m speed dropped Adrian Speight and Millfield Baloney down the line to 16th but it was sufficient to qualify for Sunday’s grand prix.
Alex Bishop joined the 22-horse jump-off from 91 starters in the young horse 1.40m final but four faults second time out put Thomascourt Emirates into 11th place.
Louise Saywell missed out on victory by less than half a sec in a competitive 2* 1.35m with Sharp Image in Peelbergen, The Netherlands.
Ninety-three contended this speed class with Louise racing into the runner-up spot on the Calvados Z 11-year-old to finish 0.49 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Leon Thijssen on For President. Charlie Jones on Vins VD Tojopehoeve Z was in 12th just ahead of 13th-placed Amelie Gachoud aboard The Precious One and Carmen Edwards returned a steady clear to take 18th with Geodina HS.
Michael Duffy was just two tenths of a second from victory in the seven-year-old 1.35m with Jammy Dodger and had to settle for second place. Only 10 of the 48 starters reached the jump-off with Michael and the Vagabond De La Pomme/Heartbreaker gelding in the runner-up spot 0.20 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Doron Kuipers on I Like V/H Heerenhuijs. Amy Inglis picked up fourth on Applause (Je T’Aime Flamenco/Wellington) on a double clear while Ronnie Jones (Interstar B) and Louise (Kingsborough Kasper) returned on four faults for seventh and ninth.
Charlie Jones opted for accuracy in the 63-entry five and six-year-old 1.15/1.25m to put Nolo Contendere into seventh in the 28-horse jump-off more than four sec off the winning time. Louise slotted King Blue into ninth, Charlie was 11th on second ride Kelling Star and Ronnie was double clear with Key West and Kaleche for 16th and 17th.
Christina Gachoud topped the hotly-contended 79-strong 1* 1.30m speed and small grand prix qualifier on ESI Hazel, the Lux Z 12-year-old edging ahead to win by just 0.05 sec. Vicky Lovegrove eased Exsultate Des Hayettes into seventh and Christina was also clear on second ride Venivici De Beaufour for 13th.
Four faults in the seven-strong decider of the 40-horse 1* 1.20m put Olivia Howe and Black Label down to sixth place.
In Lier, Belgium, Stacey Willsone slotted CSF Olympic Lady into second in the 35-entry 1* 1.20m speed, the 10-year-old Luidam/Cruising mare 1.33 sec behind the winner. Donald Whitaker claimed eighth aboard PJ Smoothie and Gemma Tattersall posted a fast four to take 13th on Summer Stardust.
Stacey also picked up fourth in the 10-horse 1* 1.10m speed on the Wolfgang 16-year-old Newton Nickel almost eight sec off the pace.
Shane Breen guided Compelling Z into fifth in the 99-horse section section of the 3* 1.40m speed, the Chellano Z 10-year-old finishing 1.40 sec off the pace. Sienna Charles claimed seventh on Chinta Van Geluut Z and Jack Whitaker finished ninth on Scenletha.
Steady clears in the 75-strong 3* 1.40m section one handed Ellen Whitaker on Emara Giguellerie Z and Chloe Lemieux with Barika Van De Helle 16th and 17th places.
Emma Stoker clinched fifth spot in the 45-horse 2* 1.35m two-phase with the seven-year-old Emerald Van’t Ruytershof mare Nazarine VD Axelhoeve 5.23 sec behind the pace. Tabitha Dean steered Blown Away into seventh with Robert Whitaker in eighth on Cassija 3 and Anthony Condon picked up 11th on Chic Du Rouet.
Anthony posted a double clear in the 11-entry five-year-old to take third on Family Affaire (Contendro I/Corofino II) more than four sec off the pace.
Barry Dove rode Chataga Z into eighth in the six-year-old with a double clear 2.64 sec behind the winner. Harry Charles produced the steadiest of the double clears for 14th with Lightning TW.
Harriet Biddick (nee Nuttall) piloted Galway Bay Jed into third in the big class of the day at Fontainebleau, France.
Eighty-two competitors came forward in the 1.45m speed with Harriet and Romanov/Lux 12-year-old taking third 3.63 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Kim Emmen with Encore. Lance Whitehouse was also clear for sixth on Alex H.
Jo McGlory rode Triomphe Kervec into second in the 41-horse 1* medium tour 1.30m speed, the Kannan/Darco 13-year-old 1.25 sec off the pace. Jodie Hall-McAteer returned a steady clear for 13th on Sparks 55 and four faults put Megan Broadway and Hot Bluebird into 16th.
Declan Irvine jumped into second in the 32-horse 1* 1.25m speed 0.69 sec off the winning time with the 12-year-old Keeford Carousel (Harlequin Du Carel/Clover Hill).
Jess Dimmock eased the nine-year-old mare Billy Fleance into fourth in the 84-horse 1* 1.35m speed 2.55 sec behind the winner. A steadier clear from Jodie Hall-McAteer on Catoki finished 12th.
Oliver Tuff steered Homemade Danga SW into fifth in the 25-entry 2* 1.30m two-phase three sec off the pace. Harriet was close behind for sixth with Grey Fortune and Jodie Hall-McAteer came home on a double clear with Fantom to take 10th.
Harriet on Carla X and Oliver with Felix X jumped double clear in the 57-strong 2* medium tour 1.35m two-phase to take 10th and 12th. Declan Irvine was also penalty-free for 20th with Just Max.
Mia Victoria Shore guided Galicia into 10th in the big-entry 113-horse amateur 1.20m speed 5.49 sec behind the pace. Natasha Eddey-Dunsdon was also clear for 19th on Captain Morgan EW.
Easy double clears in the 60-strong 1* ladies and gents 1.30m two-phase awarded Jo McGlory on G. Zara Zing and Josie Symons aboard Qualyse Be-St Z 13th and 18th places.
In Gorla Minore, Italy, Olli Fletcher guided the eight-year-old Hello William into sixth in the 68-strong 1.40m more than four sec off the pace in the 11-horse decider.
And Olli rode IV Willem into fourth in the 32-entry seven-year-old two-phase 1.10m behind the winning time.
Alfie Bradstock was in the money in the concluding 1.30m, claiming two of the top 10 places. Twenty-one of the 74 starters reached the jump-off with Alfie riding the Cartani 14-year-old Cupido Van De Hoefslag Z into third 0.45 sec behind the winner and picked up ninth with a double clear with Heavenly P.
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