Matt Sampson has a great record in the 1.45m classes at Vejer de la Frontera in Spain and added another win to his tally with the consistent Curraghgraighue Obos Flight.
The pair won in week one and took second in week two, and in this the third week, raced to the top in the world ranking speed class. Forty-three came forward in this class with Brits filling three of the top four places with Matt on Rachael Evison’s Obos Quality 005/Errigal Flight eight-year-old using his 30th draw to maximum effect over the 12-fence track to fly into the top spot by 0.26 sec.
The Netherlands’ Henk van de Pol slid into second place on Looyman Z 0.72 sec in front of Kayleigh Watts in third aboard the Nonstop daughter Ninkie De Vy Z. And John Whitaker was also in the mix with fourth spot on Unick Du Francport and James Wilson rode Galway Bay Jed into eighth.
Matt guided Jafabalou (Balou Du Rouet/Concorde) into second in the 27-horse seven-year-old 1.35m speed 1.15 sec behind the winner. Jodie Hall-Mcateer posted the steadiest of the clears for 16th on Itoulavsca Fortuna.
Kayleigh galloped to the top in the medium 1.35m with Kimosa Van Het Kritrahof. Eighty-three contended this speed class with Kayleigh claiming a 0.35 sec advantage on the Chatman/Eros Platiere 10-year-old. John Whitaker guided Sharid into third with Tania moody in fifth on Reine Du Very. Steadier clears from Daniella Stapleton on Fire, John with second ride Arge and Tania aboard Gitte finished ninth, 12th and 16th.
Kayleigh claimed two of the top nine places in the 45-strong medium 1.30m speed, taking third on the Quadrillo 13-year-old Harley 4.34 sec off the pace and ninth with a steadier clear on Be Cool Harry. Kayleigh opted for steady in the 14-horse five-year-old 1.15m two-phase and finished seventh with two time faults on Fanta ET.
Olivia Skinner dominated the 22-entry six-year-old two-phase with the top two places, winning with Jubijn (Everdale/AES Atlantic) and taking second aboard Costa Del Sol B (Carrera VDL/Lancelot), 1.10 sec separating the two.
Louise Saywell started competing again two weeks ago after breaking her hand riding a five-year-old at home. She chose Bacardi – usually ridden by her partner Graham Lovegrove – as the easiest horse on the yard to make her return and the choice has proved the right one as, after heading a 1.40m at their first show at Weston Lawns, the pair topped the feature gold 1.45m on the MET I tour at Oliva Nova, Spain.
Twenty-eight contended this speed class with Louise and the Numero Uno 14-year-old edging ahead to win by 0.07 sec. Skye Higgin on Typie Du Tillard and Ashlee Harrison with Charity 41 posted steadier clears for seventh and eighth.
Jo McGlory commanded victory in the silver 1.25m with Xena 16. Twenty-two came forward in this speed class with Jo and the Warrior/Equador 10-year-old – bred by Sandra Pavitt and now owned by Sam Sellers – flying ahead to win with 2.18 sec to spare. Mark Hallion steered Castle Rock into fifth just ahead of Chad Fellows in sixth on Qualidam.
Chad netted seventh in the 31-horse gold 1.30m speed aboard Diamant De Plaisir 2.39 sec off the pace and just head of Will Edwards in eighth on SHW Candies B. Skye was also clear to take 13th with Gotcha.
Ronnie Jones topped the five-year-old 1.10m two-phase, outpacing his 15 rivals by 4.18 sec on Ruth Dowie’s Otangelo gelding Key West. Mark was more than five sec in arrears for third on RSH Forever while Carmen Edwards (Foleade Du Mesnil) and Paige Law (Scattercash) also provided double clears for fifth and eighth places.
Ronnie slotted Interstar B into third in the 18-entry seven-year-old 1.35m two-phase 0.82 sec behind the pace. Louise eased Kingsborough Kasper into fourth, Donald Whitaker claimed seventh on Ultimo Des Natices Z and Skye posted double clears on Djordania Du Tillard and Djump Du Tillard for eighth and 13th.
Ashlee guided Jackpot (Arezzo VDL/Montreux) into fourth in the 12-strong six-year-old 1.20m two-phase 0.91 sec off the pace. Ronnie also provided a double clear for sixth on Joplin.
Donald jumped an easy clear for sixth in the 19-strong silver 1.35m speed on Lolly Pop Van’t Akkerhof seven sec off the pace.
Easy double clears in the 38-entry gold 1.40m two-phase handed Skye on Brooklyn De Larquey and Louise with Jalellah OL 13th and 19th places.
Brits filled the top two places in the 1* 1.10m with Tony Pearson leading the way at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium.
Seventeen came forward in this speed class with Tony racing ahead to win with 2.62 sec to spare on the eight-year-old Greta Garbo. Ellie Guy steered the Handel 11-year-old Martells Hocus Pocus into second.
Tony was in the mix in the concluding 41-horse 1* 1.30m speed, easing the nine-year-old Captain Morgan into third 3.80 sec behind the pace.
Tony also netted ninth in the 34-horse seven and eight-year-old 1.30/1.35m two-phase on Wyoming 19 3.69 sec behind the winner.
Elena Hughes slotted the Cato Z 16-year-old Rainbow into third in the 38-entry 1* 1.20m two-phase 0.42 sec behind the winning time. Ellie finished fourth on the Luidam 11-year-old Ard Cluedo.
Nick Benterman was in the money in Tonsberg, Norway, and picked up second and third in the 2* 1.40m.
Thirty-four contended this two-phase class with Nick slotting the 10-year-old mare Assira (Eurocommerce Berlin/Balou Du Rouet) into second just 0.14 sec behind the winner and collected third on the Vittorio 12-year-old Don Diablo HX.
Nick eased Arie Z into second in the 79-strong 2* 1.30m two-phase, the Asca Z/Mr Blue 13-year-old finishing 0.47 sec off the pace.
In Gorla Minore, Italy, Alfie Bradstock claimed fifth in the 42-strong 1.30m two-phase on the eight-year-old Hancock 1.64 sec off the pace.
Jason Smith jumped into third in the 51-horse seven-year-old speed with Newberry Cleverleaf 1.50 sec behind the pace and picked up eighth on Warrior De Pleville.
In Bonheiden, Belgium, Joao Charlesworth slotted Balou Du Vol (Baloubet Du Rouet/Chin Chin) into third in the 31-strong five-year-old 1.10m two-phase 0.56 sec off the pace. Tamarin Christie claimed seventh on Je T’Aime Foreva Z and Amy Inglis also returned a double clear for 14th on Evotion.
Sally Goding eased Spring Willow into ninth in the 48-strong six-year-old 1.20m two-phase exactly three sec behind the winner. And Sally jumped an easy clear in the big entry 102-horse 2* 1.40m speed for 16th on Corbeah Luxor.
Jessie Drea netted eighth place in the 52-horse 1* 1.20m two-phase on Ciao Bella Van Overis Z mor ethan three sec behind the winning time. Steadier double clears saw Sally pick up 14th on on E’MBe Des Simes, Joao finished 15th and 18th on Corento and Frangelico and Kerrie Dakin was 17th aboard Consun.
Amy was double clear on Applause to take 12th in the 47-horse seven-year-old 1.30m two-phase.
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