Holly Smith claims another win in Vilamoura with Fruselli

October 24, 2020

Holly Smith claimed her second win in as many days with the consistent Fruselli on the Vilamoura Champions tour in Portugal.

The original 108 participants faced a tough 1.40m track in the small grand prix and just five riders made their way into the jump-off including two Brits in the favourable final draws.  And Holly took maximum advantage as last to go with the 10-yearold Zambesi/Karandasj stallion flicking his heels away at every fence to cross the line with just 0.12 sec to spare under Holly’s expert guidance.  Luxembourg’s Victor Bettendorf’s opener on Catapulte De La Roque finished second with George Whitaker riding his cousin Louise’s 10-year-old Warrior/Caretino Glory mare Special Warrior into third.  There were several four-fault, hard-luck stories with Jack Ryan (Hollywood), Shane Breen (Gait L), Adrian Whiteway (Anytime II), Lily Attwood (Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z) and Jack Whitaker (Elucar VE) in 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 18th.  

Laura Mantel had to settle for yet another second place with NPS Andre.  Just a couple of days earlier, Laura finished second, third and fourth behind Georgia Tame on the speedy Quintella.  On this occasion, Laura and the Nederland F/Animo 11-year-old Andre beat Georgia into third place but failed to catch winner of the 81-strong 4* accumulator, Italy’s Roberto Turchetto on Haloubet Hitchcock, and slotted into the runner-up spot by 1.24 sec.  Georgia and the 12-year-old Quintella were a further 0.35 sec in arrears for third and Angie Thompson finished eighth and ninth on Bayard and Flint K.  Charlene Bastone rode Avalon Du Carpont into 10th and Tim Gredley filled 13th and 14th with Renkum Olinthos and Hobalo. 

Jack Nicklin repeated his Friday win with Cwiebus KK in the 1* 1.20m.  The pair again led a British whitewash in this two-phase class with Jack and the 13-year-old Cwiebus leading the way by 0.51 sec.  Gemma Tattersall piloted Brendon Stud’s eight-year-old Tedylana Z into second with Kayleigh Watts on Ebriolita in third.  Angie jumped KL Grifter into fourth, Tess Williams was fifth on Codean R and Amy Stewart eased Cluedo II into seventh.  Steadier double clears from Arianna Kuligowski (JCR Cartucho), Amy Ogilvie (Chacoa Cross Cruise) and Richard Jenkinson (Seaburg) earned 13th, 16th and 17th.

Angie picked up third in the 37-strong 1* 1.10m two-phase on the six-year-old Hazelberg’s Ileandro 3.23 sec behind the pace.  Sophie Wallace guided Countess II into fifth with Faye Potter on Ilaney and Rebecca Villia with Ibarra in eighth and ninth.  Laura guided the six-year-old Oilina into 11th and an easy double clear from Pru Dawes with Cooley Diamond Dancer finished 12th.



Winners on Friday, Abbe Burchmore Eames and Casti Aneira had to settle for second in the 1* 1.30m two-phase in Valencia, Spain. 

Nineteen contended this class with Abbe and the Lupicor 13-year-old slotting into the runner-up spot by 0.64 sec. 

William Wherton claimed third in the 13-horse 1* 1.10m two-phase on Pure Gold I, the seven-year-old Fantaland daughter finishing finishing 4.78 sec off the pace.

David Wingrove returned the steadiest of the clears in the nine-horse decider of the 1* 1.25m to take fourth on I Spy TCS more than eight sec behind the winner.  Abigail Hamper also reached the jump-off on For Gotti but it didn’t go according to plan second time out and they finished 10th on 12 faults.  

David posted the steadiest of the double clears in the 13-strong five-year-old 1.15m 3.17 sec behind the pace on Kalleb Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL/Viento Uno W).

Four faults in the 10-horse decider of the six-year-old 1.25m put Elliott Dowler and Jelly-Bean (Vittorio/Numero Uno) into sixth.


A double winner on Friday, Tony Pearson continued with his successful run at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, claiming victory in the 1* 1.20m two-phase with Greta Garbo. 

Twenty-six came forward in this class with Tony claiming the win on the eight-year-old Greta Garbo by 0.42 sec and third aboard Berlin and sandwiched Lucy Wood on Heerdelon into second to make a British top three.  Four faults in the second phase dropped Tamarin Christie and Cavaso Z down to 12th.

Tony claimed eighth in the 70-horse 2* 1.35m speed on the seven-year-old Wyoming 19 5.72 sec behind the winner.  Chloe Lemieux produced a steadier clear for 12th on Freya.

Elizabeth Baker was the only Brit to reach the 11-horse decider of the 36-strong 1.45m with Birdy Du Thot and provided the steadiest of the clears for sixth spot more than nine sec behind the winner, Germany’s Christian Kukuk on Quintino 9.  Trevor Breen picked up one time fault in round one to put Germaine W into 12th place.

Trevor rode Jicarla T into second in the six-year-old grand prix.  Thirty-three contended this two-phase with Trevor and the Caretino Gold/Numero Uno mare finishing 2.53 sec behind the winner.  James Davenport picked up one time fault on Voilka DK Z for 12th and Chloe Lemieuz returned on two time faults to take 15th on Skylandria Z.

“She’s jumped eight or nine clears in three weeks of jumping in Europe, she’s a star for the future,” said Trevor on Jicarla.

Sam Hutton guided the Diarado seven-year-old Duva 38 into eighth in the 48-strong 1* 1.25m two-phase more than five sec off the pace.  Ellie Guy returned a double clear for 12th on Ijver.

Easy clears in the seven and eight-year-old 1.30/1.35m speed handed Nathan Bull on Milton Van Vrijhern and Alex Barr aboard HBF-Delta 12th and 16th places.


Ben Maher and Amanda Derbyshire both posted first round clears to join an exciting 4* grand prix jump-off in the FEI $214,000 President’s Cup in Tryon, USA.

Fifteen of the 50 starters accessed round two with Ireland’s Lorcan Gallagher setting an early target on VDL Cartello.  And although Ben used Explosion W’s big stride, they added a stride to the second fence and in another distance to come home with a slower clear.  The USA’s Lillie Keenan immediately bettered Ben’s time on Fasther but the USA’s Todd Minikus supplied the most exciting round on Amex Z with a risky, edge-of-your-seat effort to secure victory by 0.30 sec.  And quicker rounds dropped Ben to an eventual seventh.  Last to go Amanda Derbyshire opted to jump the steadiest of the double clears on Cornwall BH to take 11th place.  

Flo Norris, 18, tackled her first 4* grand prix and finished on four faults in round one, Lorielle 2 just approaching a midway oxer on a dog-leg a little quick to tap out the front bar behind.


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