Brits dominated the age classes in Vilamoura, Portugal, with Laura Renwick predictably leading the way in the seven-year-old.
Fifty-three initially came forward in this 1.30m class with 22 reaching the jump-off, but again Laura outpaced them all on her consistent home-bred Symphony, the Parco/Tristan De Quelen mare answering every question to win by 1.61 sec. Brits filled five of the top six places here with Charlene Bastone in second on Dopiaza and Gemma Tattersall claimed third aboard MGH Candy Girl (Sligo Candy Boy/Cruising). Robert Whitaker rode Vermento into fourth and Sophie Fawcett provided one of the steadier double clears for sixth with Calson. Four faults dropped other Brits down the line with Douglas Duffin (Imperium RJ) in ninth, Olli Fletcher (IV Willem) 10th, Ava Vernon (Billy Trysil) claimed 13th and Guy Williams (Le Shuuk) took 17th.
Brits filled the top four places in the five-year-old 1.10m with Gemma Tattersall taking the top spot on Kildress Blackthorn. Twenty-seven of the 47 starters tackled the jump-off with Gemma and the Sligo Candy Boy/Cruising mare winning by 0.86 sec. Charlene again finished second, this time riding Desparado SW with Douglas on Clyntara in third and Alicia Page filled fourth place on Emoe Alice. Graham Gillespie rode Amazing-K Van’t Kattenheye Z into ninth, Luke Barham claimed 11th on Koctmyrouge II JPP and Leo Lamb was 12th aboard Dream Boy. George Whitaker on Noblesse Du Thago Z and Sarah Lewis with Be Khalissy returned steadier clears for 15th and 18th.
Jude Burgess netted second in the 64-horse 3* 1.40m speed on Comeback De Fremis, the Ugano Sitte/Heartbreaker 12-year-old finishing 1.93 sec off the pace. Alicia rode Diacento into third with Laura Renwick fourth on Harmonia. Sophie Fawcett steered Cedric into sixth with Jackson Reed-Stephenson seventh aboard Exception and Amelie Gachoud was also clear for 10th on The Precious One.
Angie Thompson eased Numero Uno 14-year-old Bayard into fourth in the 80-horse 3* 1.35m speed 1.29 sec behind the pace. George claimed sixth and 11th with Giranette and Peanut and Molly Davies rode Voyou Des Rondets into 14th.
George on Jasper (Carrera VDL/Otangelo) and Michael Duffy with Operette Van De Koekoek (Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve/Skippy II) clocked exactly the same time to take third in the 30-horse jump-off of the 68-strong six-year-old 1.25m 1.05 sec behind the winner. Joanne Whitaker on London Eye, Olli Fletcher with BP Maestro and Chloe Aston aboard Nanuchka Van Berkenbroeck Z also came home on clears to take 12th, 13th and 14th.
Ronnie Jones jumped into second in the five-year-old with the consistent Otangelo son Key West in Oliva Nova, Spain.
Only 20 were lost from the first round as 44 of the 64 starters made their way into the jump-off with Ronnie and Key West just 0.34 sec in arrears of the winning time. Carmen Edwards slotted Foleade Du Mesnil (Calvaro FC/Baloubet Du Rouet) into fourth and a steadier double clear from Romilly Simmons and Cool Boy finished 18th.
Will Edwards guided Edena Mouche into second in the six-year-old. Thirty-eight of the 75 starters accessed the jump-off with Will and the Kheops St Lois/Osiris D’Orion mare crossing the finish line 0.78 sec behind the pace. A steadier clear from Ashley Ray and OS Meursault finished 18th.
Louise Saywell and Kingsborough Kasper jumped a double clear in the previous day’s seven-year-old to finish equal first and maintained their penalty-free status to post a double clear in Wednesday’s seven-year-old. The 60 starters in this 1.35m class were reduced to 25 for the jump-off with Louise and the Kannan/Revenge stallion finishing fourth 0.89 sec behind the winner. Sammie-Jo Coffin eased Elsavador Vant Scaaphof Z into 15th, Joe Davison was 18th on Iggy Pop and Anna Wilks posted the steadiest of the jump-off clears for 20th on Diamanthella VG Z.
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