The Italian job! Jason Smith lands the world ranking class in Gorla Minore
Jason Smith topped the big class of the day in Gorla Minore, Italy, with Queensway Royal.
Seventy-four tackled this world ranking speed class but none were a match for Jason and the Irish-bred 10-year-old Royal (Obos Quality 004/Maltstriker) and they forged ahead to take the win with 2.38 sec in hand.
Jason picked up seventh in the 96-strong 1.35m two-phase on the 13-year-old Galaya Von Hof 1.46 sec behind the winner. And Jason finished fifth in the 28-entry seven-year-old two-phase almost two sec behind the pace.
Emily Mason steered the Belgian-bred eight-year-old Ghost De Reville into third in the 25-entry 1.30m speed 2.19 sec behind the pace.
Emily claimed eighth in the 25-horse six-year-old two-phase 2.09 sec off the pace on Coco Bel Z.
Carmen Edwards and consistent clear round jumper Geodina HS jumped to the top in the gold 1.35m in Oliva Nova, Spain.
Forty-three came forward in this accumulator but Carmen was swift and decisive on the Bodinus/Corland nine-year-old to win by 0.94 sec. Sammie Coffin steered the Lupicor 17-year-old Willem De Lux into second while Chloe Winchester on Don Corleone 111 Z and Louise Saywell with Jalellah OL also posted maximum scores for 10th and 13th.
Four faults in the 14-horse decider of the 57-strong silver 1.40m grand prix dropped Louise Saywell and Sharp Image down to eighth.
Jo McGlory is quickly getting to grips with Xena 16 – owned by Samantha Sellers and bred by Sandra and Nicole Pavitt – and the Warrior/Equador 10-year-old claimed a 0.68 advantage to top the 44-strong bronze 1.30m accumulator. Kirsty Pearce finished second Hadrianus WB with Domenique Bonelli on Clariba W Z and Vicky Lovegrove aboard Nanadou Van Het Weidse Hof also posting maximum scores for ninth and 11th.
Sammie rode the Andiamo Z eight-year-old Habraxis into fourth in the 23-horse gold 1.30m two-phase 4.43 sec off the pace. Remy Ellis finished fifth on Good Friends and four faults in the second phase dropped Will Edwards and Magic Chanti down to 11th.
Sammie netted fourth in the 36-entry silver 1.30m speed with the nine-year-old Baccara (Diamant De Semilly/Nabab De Reve) 3.62 sec behind the pace. William Whitaker eased Spice Girl TW into seventh and Ashley Ray rode Quite A Flower into a steady clear for 11th.
Stacey Willsone’s terrific tour continued with another win on Alsager, the forever-young 17-year-old claiming victory in the 25-strong 1* 1.10m speed by 2.23 sec. Kirsty was second on Flightline No Regrets and Emily Richardson was also clear for fifth place on Altaira.
Stevie Jenkins guided the Calvaro Z/Ekstein 10-year-old Marlvaro into third in the 36-entry bronze 1.40m two-phase 2.75 sec behind the winner. Alan Thomas took fifth on the 10-year-old Art Premier (Corofino 2/Calvaro FC) and Jo steered Triomphe Kervec into ninth.
Stevie netted sixth in the 19-horse decider of the 42-strong bronze 1.20m with the Luidam six-year-old Beech Hill Lulu more than six sec off the pace.
Brits dominated the seven-year-old class in Vilamoura, Portugal, filling the top three places with Laura Renwick leading the way to add yet another win to her ever-growing tally on this tour.
Forty-six competitors tackled this 1.30m speed with Laura jumping ahead by 2.77 sec on Symphony (Parco/Tristan De Quelen). Leo Lamb slotted the Diamant De Semilly daughter Dopiaza into second place with Nicole Pavitt in third on the Caretino Glory gelding Undun. Steadier clears from Sophie Fawcett on Calson, John Whitaker with Innuendo and Shane Breen aboard Vistogrand finished ninth, 10th and 13th.
Laura was denied a double in the 42-strong six-year-old 1.20m speed and had to settle for second on J Peroni WFS almost two sec off the pace. Nicole steered Top Gun XII into third and picked up sixth and 12th on Jordan W and Cristallos SS. Charlene Bastone claimed fifth with Jacpot and Jackson Reed-Stephenson’s Heart of Mexico was 11th.
Arabella Prior forged ahead to take the 39-entry 1* 1.20m two-phase by 0.52 sec with the Azteca VDL/Phin Phin 10-year-old Friso. Brits claimed the top three with Leo in second on the 12-year-old Southend and Olli Fletcher filled third aboard Ebriolita. Ellie Guy rode Ijver into fifth and Sophie was double clear on Billy Jackson for 10th.
A British whitewash in the 22-horse 1* 1.10m two-phase claimed the top four places with Elisha Simmons in the top spot on the 12-year-old Vaillant daughter Liberty 348 with 1.90 sec in hand. Leo claimed second and fourth with the Commanchi nine-year-old Cobra Van Het Legitahof Z and Emma, sandwiching Angie Thompson’s six-year-old Hazelberg’s Ileandro into third. Rebecca Villis returned penalty-free to take ninth on Ibarra.
James Smith guided Twix De La Roque into third in the 2* 1.40m in Valencia, Spain.
Twelve competitors posted first round clears from the 58 starters with James again proving penalty-free second time out to finish 0.76 sec behind the winner, the Ukraine’s Konstantin Zolin on Valmy De Seraincourt. William Walker provided the steadiest of the double clears for fourth on the Ustinov eight-year-old Ustino, Max Routledge came home on four with Trooper B for ninth and Elliott Dowler returned 11 faults to take 10th on Angot HH Z.
Jake Ward claimed second in the 1* 1.25m with Iconic. Twenty-six came forward in this class but only two provided first round clears with Jake going head-to-head against Spain’s Imma Roquet Autonell on Ingela Del Maset but the Spaniard posted another clear and Jake faulted to drop into second on the Arezzo VDL seven-year-old Iconic. Four faults in round one put Faye Adams and Identity into sixth.
Faye guided Jackpot VI into fourth in the 13-strong 2* 1.30m speed more than seven sec behind the pace. James Smith on HBF-Delmar and Emma Stoker with La Costa picked up one time fault for sixth and seventh.
Trevor Breen claimed victory in the six-year-old in Opglabbeek, Belgium, with Jicarla T.
Thirty-two contended this 1.25m two-phase with Trevor holding off all challenges to win by 0.17 sec.
Sally Hopkinson guided Monte Carlo into seventh in the 41-strong 1* 1.25m two-phase more than six sec off the pace.
Sally was double clear in the 72-horse seven and eight-year-old 1.30m speed for 13th on the seven-year-old Ibiza Girl 5.94 sec behind the pace.
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