Chloe Aston gallops to a win in Vilamoura


Chloe Aston came home victorious as Brits claimed the top two places in a big-entry 3* 1.40m on the Vilamoura Champions tour in Portugal.

A total of 104 came forward in this class with 25 posting first round clears although only 22 returned to tackle a hot jump-off, Chloe outpacing them all on seasoned campaigner Amigo T. The Padinus 15-year-old answered her every call to cross the line with just 0.04 sec to spare over Laura Renwick in second on the Otangelo 14-year-old Bintang II. Jack Ryan filled third spot with the Ukato eight-year-old Hollywood with Holly Smith on Fruselli, Graham Babes riding Glencoe and Ava Vernon aboard Jolie Fleur Van De Noordheuvel in sixth, seventh and eighth. William Walker was also clear on Ustino for 11th and Nicole Pavitt picked up three time faults on Madagascar Dwerse Hagen to take 13th.

Laura Mantel claimed two of the top three places in the 3* 1.20m two-phase, winning with the consistent Miss Tangelo.

Sixty-seven competitors contended this class but no-one could match Laura on the Otangelo/Lux Z eight-year-old – although they tried hard – as she edged ahead to win by just 0.03 sec. Laura also picked up third on the Nederland F/Animo 11-year-old NPS Andre, sandwiching fellow Brit Leo Lamb into second on the eight-year-old Horion De Libersart daughter Marieke VDR. Arianna Kuligowski jumped Gimona into seventh just ahead of Jade Meekings on Paul’s Lass in eighth, Nicole Pavitt filled ninth spot on Undun and Chloe slotted Nistria Chanti Z into 11th. Steadier double clears from Amy Ogilvy (Leandro V/D Eikelboscherheide), Victoria Hewson (Zenas Flight) and Joanne Whitaker (Hokke) took 13th, 15th and 17th.

Carron Nicol guided Nistria V/D Winning Z into third in the 3* 1.35m speed. Ninety-four initially contended this class with Carron and the nine-year-old Nonstop/San Patrignano Cassini mare finishing 1.94 sec behind the winner. Laura Renwick claimed seventh on Harmonia just ahead of Angie Thompson in eighth on Bayard and Georgia Tame slipped into 10th with Quintella. Steadier clears from Shane Breen (Haya), Jude Burgess (Cordano 26), Adrian Whiteway (Chacco Volo) and Holly Smith (Carlina D’Argouges) earned 15th, 16th and 17th.

Ethan Bracken steered the 10-year-old Lislan Flamenco (Je Taime Flamenco/Cruising) into second 2.10 sec behind the pace in the 51-horse 1* 1.10m two-phase. Leo piloted the Odermus/contendro I 11-year-old Emma into third just in front of Rosie Gunn on Jagerbomb and Tess Williams with Codean R in fourth and fifth. Claire Hendry claimed seventh on Power Pack and Ethan picked up ninth with second ride Order By Post just ahead of Noora von Bulow on Second Chance and Carron Nichol with Cinderella JVH Z in 10th and 11th.

Ronnie Jones and the consistent Interstar claimed their second win in as many days in the gold 1.35m two-phase. Thirty competitors came forward in this class but Ronnie again forged ahead on the I’m Special De Muze/Ohorn VDL seven-year-old by 1.69 sec.

Brits filled three of the top four places in the bronze 1.30m with Stacey Willsone continuing with her winning run leading the way.

Fourteen contended this speed class with Stacey forging ahead on her Friday’s winner Newton Nickel, the Wolfgang/Indoctro 16-year-old winning with 2.52 sec in hand. Alan Thomas slotted the seven-year-old Cadeau’s Son De Muze Z into second and Christopher O’Bryan finished fourth on Cassija 3. Gail Burchmore was also clear on Keystone Dancer for sixth.

Stacey picked up second in the nine-horse bronze 1.10m speed with the 17-year-old Alsager more than four sec off the pace. Ian Dowie also returned clear to take sixth on Bonaparte Z.

Winners on the previous two days, Carmen Edwards and Magic Chanti had to settle for third in the 35-strong silver 1.30m speed 2.16 sec behind the winner. Chad Fellows claimed fourth with Qualidam while steadier clears from Louise Saywell riding Cuba Libre and Mark Hallion’s Castle Rock finished 10th and 11th.

Carmen posted a double clear in the nine-horse jump-off of the silver 1.40m grand prix with Geodina HS to take fifth 2.47 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny on Dakota De L’Ardrais.

Vicky Lovegrove headed the bronze 1.40m two-phase with Exsultate Des Hayettes in a five-horse decider, the Mozart Des Hayettes/Libero 10-year-old winning by 0.81 sec. Alan Thomas was also double clear for third with Art Premier with Stacey (CSF Olympic Lady) and Jo McGlory (Triomphe Kervac) in fourth and fifth.

Richard Whittington claimed victory in the 19-strong bronze 1.20m two-phase with Berisja, the 14-year-old Vincenzo/Zeus mare winning with 1.24 sec in hand. Genene Burnett was more than seven sec in arrears for fifth on Vanda Vogue.

Louise Saywell was best Brit in the world ranking gold 1.45m with Bacardi. Twenty-seven of 62 starters contended the jump-off with Louise posting another clear on the Numero Uno 14-year-old to take seventh 3.26 sec behind the winner, Germany’s David Will on Ted.

Caroline Breen topped the 1* 1.20m two-phase with Kilmastulla Douglas at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium.

Thirty-eight came forward in this class with Caroline and the Ard VDL douglas 15-year-old flying ahead to win by 0.65 sec. Ellie Guy was 1.09 sec in arrears to take fourth on Ijver.

Tony Pearson took another win with the eight-year-old Greta Garbo, heading the 19-strong 1* 1.15m two-phase by a handsome 4.59 sec. Jake Aston slotted Balanda Star K Z into fifth more than seven sec in arrears.

Four faults in the 44-horse 1.45m speed dropped Sienna Charles with Chinta Van Geluut Z and Zoe Potter aboard Wings Z down to 10th and 12th.

Jemma Kirk claimed a second win with the seven-year-old Diamonds Are Unique in Le Mans, France.

Seven of the 17 starters reached the jump-off with Jemma and the Diamant De Semilly/Apache D Adries gelding edging ahead to win with just 0.07 sec to spare.

Harry Wainwright jumped into fifth in the 45-strong 2* 1.45m speed on Pinheiro Beech, the It’s the Business 11-year-old finishing 5.42 sec behind the winner, France’s Mathieu Billot on Lord De Muze. Four faults dropped Jemma Kirk and Quelisto down to 11th.

Nick Benterman claimed two of the top four places with two eight-year-olds in the 2* 1.25m in Tonsberg, Norway. Twenty-one of the 45 starters reached the jump-off with Nick slotting Orlando Volo into second 1.73 sec behind the winner and taking fourth aboard Hangover.

Nick reached the 22-horse decider of the 2* 1.45m grand prix but eight faults second time out dropped Assira down to 15th place. Norway’s Geir Gulliksen took the win on VDL Groep Quatro.

Amanda Derbyshire guided Luibanta BH into fifth in the 3* grand prix in Tryon, USA.

The 49 starters were reduced to 16 for the jump-off with Amanda and the year-old again coming home clear to finish 1.62 sec behind the winner, Switzerland’s Beat Mandli on Vic De Cerisiers. Ben Maher was also double clear for seventh riding Day Dream.

In Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, Tania Moody guided Reine Du Very into third in the 25-strong medium 1.35m two-phase 0.47 sec behind the pace. A steadier clear form Olivia Skinner on Harov finished 11th.

A rail down in the latter half of the course in the 14-horse 1.20m accumulator dropped eight points to put Daniella Stapleton and Classic Touch V into sixth spot.

Four faults in the 21-horse decider of the 1.40m dropped Charlie Jones and Crocus La Sillardiere down to 14th.

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