Shane Breen smoothly and coolly claimed the 3* 1.45m by the tiniest fraction from Holly Smith in a battle at the Vilamoura Champions tour in Portugal.
Sixty-eight contended this speed class with Shane and the Vigo D’Arsouilles/Chin Chin 15-year-old stallion edging ahead to win by just 0.06 sec. Holly had to settle for second on the Albfeurhen’s Memphis/Chico’s Boy 12-year-odl Denver. Michael Whitaker eased For Fun into sixth just ahead of Laura Renwick’s Bintang II and Georgia Tame on Evita in seventh and eighth and Douglas Duffin was also clear on Quidam B Z for 12th.
Holly claimed her own victory in the 90-strong 3* 1.30m two-phase on Carlina D’Augouges. The class was again competitive with Holly and the eight-year-old Lando daughter getting a nose in front to win by only 0.05 sec. Fellow Brit Angie Thompson claimed second on the Zapatero 10-year-old Flint K and Ava Vernon claimed fourth and fifth with Here I’m B and Jolie Fleur Van De Noordheuvel. Laura guided Harmonia into eighth just ahead of Jude Burgess in ninth on Cordano 26 and Darragh Magner filled 11th spot on J Grupo Prom Peter Pan.
Brits filled the top four places in the 1.20m speed with Jade Meekings leading the way. Sixty-eight came forward with Jade galloping ahead on the Uncle Paul 14-year-old Paul’s Lass to win with more than four sec in hand. Laura Mantel eased the Otangelo/Lux Z eight-year-old Miss Tangelo into second with Leo Lamb hot on her heels for third aboard the eight-year-old mare Marieke VDR. Amy Ogilvie claimed fourth on Leandro V/D Eikelboscherheide and Nicole Pavitt piloted Undun into sixth. Leo also picked up eighth on Dakota-K Vant Kattenheye Z with a steadier clear from Adrian Whiteway on Caught Red-Handed PS taking 15th.
Tess Williams finished second in the 1* 1.10m speed with Codean R, the Upgrade 13-year-old 1.53 sec behind the pace. Rosie Gunn rode Jagerbomb into fourth followed closely by Leo on Emma, Ethan Bracken with Lislan Flamenco and Carron Nicol aboard Cinderella JVH Z for fifth, sixth and seventh. Brits were bunched together lower down the order with steadier clears, Michaela Wood (Eden Du Logis), Amy Stewart (Cluedo II), Ethan (Oder By Post), Jackson Reed-Stephenson (Heart of Mexico) and British-based Irishman Shane on Chacco’s Lando taking 10th to 14th inclusive.
Harry Charles lifted the feature class at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, with Valkiry De Zance.
A sizeable entry of 71 came forward over the 2* 1.45m track and 22 survived round one to contend the jump-off but no-one was as quick as Harry as he utilised every turn on the Diamant De Semilly/Double Espoir 11-year-old to win by 1.68 sec. Millie Allen guided the 12-year-old Heartbreaker stallion Daniel into fifth and Scarlett Charles also came home clear on Lordanos Junior for ninth. Four faults dropped Trevor Breen on Highland President and Sam Hutton with H&M Kirlo Van De Bosrand for 14th and 17th.
James Davenport eased the 10-year-old mare Conthoraire into seventh in the 53-strong 2* 1.35m speed a little over six sec off the pace. Trevor Breen finished ninth on Germaine W.
Tony Pearson claimed two of the top four places in the 52-strong 1* 1.30m two-phase, taking second on Captain Morgan 1.55 sec off the winning time and fourth with Berlin.
Tony went one better in the 22-horse 1.10m two-phase, claiming a 2.20 sec advantage to win on the eight-year-old Greta Garbo. Jake Aston was more than four sec in arrears for seventh on Balanda Star K Z.
Jessica Burke guided Namamia into fourth in the 63-horse seven and eight-year-old 1.30/1.35m speed three sec behind the winner. Trevor slotted Dreams of Don into eighth and Tony Pearson took 10th aboard Wyoming 19.
A steady double clear in the 45-entry 1.40m two-phase earned William Maxwell 12th spot with Caramba 192 seven sec off the pace.
Bethan Porter posted the steadiest of the clears in the 21-horse five-year-old 1.10m speed for 10th on CHF Camillo Spring. Shane O’Meara picked up one time fault on Nindino PS for 11th.
Ronnie Jones scooped victory in the gold 1.35m with the I’m Special De Muze/Ohorn VDL seven-year-old Interstar B in Oliva Nova, Spain.
Twenty contended this speed class with Ronnie and his 2019 Big Star championship winner flying into the top spot with 3.50 sec in hand. Skye Higgin was more than seven sec in arrears for fifth on Gotcha.
Carmen Edwards claimed his second win in 24 hours in the silver 1.25m table C speed with Magic Chanti. Thirty-two came forward with Carmen outpacing them all on the Nabab De Reve eight-year-old claiming a 0.19 sec winning advantage. Donald Whitaker was ninth on I’m Special LVS Z and Mark Hallion took 13th on Hinde ES.
Carmen claimed fifth in the 29-entry silver 1.40m two-phase on Geodina HS, the Bodinus nine-year-old finishing 2.29 sec behind the pace. Donald Whitaker was hot on his heels for sixth aboard Lolly Pop Van T Akkerhof and one time fault put Chloe Winchester and First Lady into 14th.
Alan Thomas led the way as Brits filled four of the top five places in the 21-horse bronze 1.20m speed on Cadeau’s Son De Muze Z, the Cadeau De Muze/Crown Z seven-year-old winning by 0.97 sec. Vicky Lovegrove eased Nanadou Van Het Weidse Hof into second with Kirsty Pearce fourth on Flightline No Regrets and Gail Burchmore finished fifth riding Beech Hill Lulu. Stacey Willsone was also clear for seventh on Flora By Gucci.
Stacey claimed second on Newton Nickel in the 19-entry bronze 1.30m speed, the Wolfgang/Indoctro 16-year-old finishing 0.80 sec behind the winner. The Brits were bunched together with Alan in third on Art Premier ahead of Jo McGlory in fourth on Xena 16, Vicky took fifth with Exsultate Des Hayettes and Stacey picked up sixth on second ride CSF Olympic Lady.
Stacey again jumped into second, this time on the 17-year-old Alsager in the 11-strong bronze 1.10m speed 1.26 sec off the pace. Osha Grech guided Quito Du Buisson Z into fourth just ahead of Ian Dowie in fifth on Bonaparte Z.
Genene Burnett headed the five-horse bronze 1.35m speed on the Cristallo 11-year-old Vanda Gucci with 1.27 sec to spare over Kirsty Pearce in second with the only other clear on Hadrianus HB.
A steady clear in the 39-horse gold 1.40m speed put Louise Saywell and Jalellah OL in 10th more than 13 sec off the pace.
Matt Sampson was best Brit in the feature world ranking class in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, with catch ride Paul Walker.
Fifty came forward in the 1.45m speed with Matt and the Perigueux/Cornet Obolensky nine-year-old finishing 2.29 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Dermott Lennon on MJM Pursuit. Billy Twomey jumped a steady round on Lady Lou to finish on one time fault for 18th.
Matt slotted Jafabalou into second in the 21-horse seven-year-old 1.35m speed, the Balou Du Rouet/Concorde gelding finishing 1.68 sec behind the winner, Canada’s Kara Chad on Irinka Lady. Billy Twomey was close behind for third on Je Taime Z.
Charlie Jones topped the 13-entry five-year-old 1.15m two-phase with Kelling Star, the Big Star/Pierrot mare winning by 0.11 sec.
Charlie slotted the Arko III/Kannan mare Just Synergy into third in the 16-horse six-year-old 1.25m speed 3.08 sec off the pace. Olivia Skinner was close behind for fourth on Costa Del Sol B Z.
John Whitaker eased the Handel II/Voltaire eight-year-old Arge into second in the 19-strong small 1.20m speed just over three sec behind the pace. John also picked up ninth with one time fault on Jerry Z and a lowered rail cost Olivia Howe dear as the four faults dropped Black Label down from victory to 10th.
Easy clears in the big 57-strong 1.40m speed handed John Whitaker on Arge, Kayleigh Watts with Be Cool Harry and Jodie Hall-Mcateer’s Sparks 55 11th, 14th and 17th places.
Four faults dropped James Wilson and Cooley Elusive from a possible third to 10th in the 21-entry medium 1.30m two-phase.
Emma Stoker jumped to the top on the consistent Q Seven in the 2* 1.30m at Hubside Jumping in Grimaud, France.
Fifty-five competitors contended this two-phase class with Emma and the FRH Quaid/Stakkato seven-year-old claiming the win by 0.17 sec.
Tess Carmichael steered the 11-year-old Chin Chin daughter Bangle SR into fourth in the 33-strong 1* 1.25m two-phase 2.20 sec behind the pace. Tess was also double clear on Chisinau W Z for 16th place.
Jemma Kirk claimed victory in the seven-year-old with Diamonds Are Unique in Le Mans, France.
Seventeen contended this 1.35m speed class with France-based Jemma forging ahead on the Diamant De Semilly/Apache D Adries gelding to win by 1.38 sec. Harry Wainwright was also clear for fifth more than six sec in arrears on Ikatosca HBC.
Harry jumped into fifth in the 1.40m speed on the It’s the Business/Cantero 11-year-old Pinheiro Beech just over six sec behind the winner. Jemma provided one of the steadiest clears on Calvados Des Vergers Z for 15th and Alex Thompson returned on one time fault to take 18th with Cathalina S.
Jess Mendoza jumped into second in the 1.40m with Dollar Girl 46 at Tryon 3*, USA.
Nineteen of the 45 starters posted initial clears to join the jump-off with Jess and the year-old just 0.28 sec shy of victory.
Flo Norris jumped an easy double clear to take ninth in the 32-horse medium junior/amateur 1.30m on Donatella L’Espoir almost six sec off the pace.
Text and Photos © Jumping Around/courtesy Jess Mendoza