Nicole Pavitt was the quickest of them all to head a mammoth entry 3* 1.40m with her home-bred Paris 16 on the Vilamoura Champions Tour in Portugal.
A huge total of 163 came forward in this speed class with the Brits taking charge in both sections – split due to the enormous entries.
No-one was as fast as Nicole in the first section and the 10-year-old Don VHP Z/Quo Vadis mare galloped into the top spot to outpace their 81 challengers by 0.37 sec. Olli Fletcher steered the Wandor Van De Mispelaere 13-year-old Horst Van De Mispelaere into second and Luke Barham clinched sixth on Helrite.
Laura Renwick slotted the Dollar Du Murier 11-year-old Top Dollar VI into the top spot in the 81-strong second section with 0.38 sec over Olli again in second, this time aboard the Douglas/Silverstone 12-year-old DisckoBoy DN. Georgia Tame slotted Sjelle into seventh and Jodie Hall-McAteer claimed eighth and 10th on Mademoiselle-A and Sparks 55.
Georgia outpaced all in the 62-strong 3* 1.35m section A speed on Quintella, the 12-year-old Sanvaro/Baloubet Du Rouet mare forging ahead to win by a handsome 3.60 sec margin. Jodie steered the Krake Ask 13-year-old Hello M’Lord into second and Tim Gredley earned fourth spot on Hobalo. Jodie also finished eighth on Catoki, George Whitaker slotted Special Warrior into 14th with Sophie Evans taking 16th on Happy-Fomia and Jack Whitaker returned a steady clear for 18th on Scenletha.
Nicole jumped into fifth in the 62-horse 1.35m section B on the Indoctro/Burggraaf eight-year-old Hennessy-S 3.10 sec off the pace. Tim piloted Cuzco QR into ninth with Jack in 13th place on Gordulane just ahead of Sophie Evans’ Florida Van Maarle taking 14th spot.
George on Peanut (Barrichello/Quasimodo Z, pictured on left) and Douglas Duffin with Imperium RJ (Dakar VDL/Quick Star, pictured on right) crossed the finish line in exactly the same time in the 57-entry seven-year-old 1.30m speed to share first place. Nicole steered Undun into fourth with Robert Whitaker 10th aboard Vermento and Sophie Fawcett rode Calson into 13th.
Douglas was on form and claimed two of the top three places in the five-year-old 1.10m speed, beating his 34 rivals to win by half a sec on Kardento Scais (Erdento/Couleur Rubin) and take third with Clyntara (Clinton/Padinus). Leo Lamb slotted Dream Boy into fourth with Jude Burgess in sixth on Kindependence JWB, Chloe Aston finished ninth aboard Diatendra Von Rocherrath Z and Helena Cassir rode Cherrydan S into 12th.
Adrian Whiteway clinched third in the 71-horse six-year-old 1.25m speed with Cracker Z (Crunch 3/Guidam) 0.74 sec behind the winner. Chloe Aston steered Nanuchka Van Berkenbroeck Z into fourth with Nicole in ninth on Cristallos SS and Sophie finished 11th aboard Halida’s Whisper.
Ronnie Jones maintained his good form with another win in the five-year-old on Key West in Oliva Nova, Spain.
Twenty-eight of the 38 starters reached the jump-off with Ronnie and Ruth Dowie’s Otangelo/Phin Phin gelding winning by 0.32 sec. Jack Stirling guided Montserrat OS into fourth just ahead of Carmen Edwards on Foleade Du Msnil in fifth. Lucinda Roche took seventh on Trinidad OS with Remy Ellis on Kapriool-S and Romilly Simmons aboard Cool Boy also returning double clears for 11th and 12th.
Louise Saywell steered Kingsborough Kasper (Kannan/Revenge) into second in the 14-horse jump-off of the 49-strong seven-year-old 1.35m 1.32 sec off the pace. Sammie Coffin slotted Bless VDH Z into fourth with Chloe Winchester coming home on four faults aboard Icaterma and Echo Van Spalbeek Z for seventh and 14th.
Thirty of the 68 starters contended the jump-off of the six-year-old 1.25m with Will Edwards riding Edena Mouche into fifth 1.57 sec behind the pace.
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