Carmen Edwards maintained his winning form with Geodina HS to top the gold 1.30m in Oliva Nova, Spain.
Twenty-eight contended this speed class with Carmen and the Bodinus/Corland nine-year-old mare forging ahead to win by 1.14 sec. Fellow Brit Sammie Coffin slotted the Lupicor 17-year-old Willem De Lux into second and Remy Ellis netted fourth on the nine-year-old Good Friends.
Louise Saywell was a fraction from victory in the 77-horse gold 1.40m speed on Mike Elvin’s Irish-bred 12-year-old PLS Halo Diamond and had to settle for second just a quarter of a sec behind the winning time. A steadier clear from Chloe Winchester on Don Corleone 111 Z finished 17th.
Only eight of the original 69 entry reached the jump-off of the feature 1.45m grand prix with William Whitaker producing two foot-perfect rounds to take fifth with Galtur, the Cornet’s Stern/Balou Du Rouet 10-year-old finishing 2.80 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Koen Vereecke with Arioso Du Bois. David McPherson supplied the steadiest of the double clears for sixth with Carl-Heinz B and eight faults second time out dropped Donald Whitaker on Lackamore Storm for eighth.
Jo McGlory netted two of the top four places in the 46-entry bronze 1.30m speed, winning with 0.58 sec to spare on the Conthargos 10-year-old mare Calimera. Stacey Willsone guided the Luidam 10-year-old CSF Olympic Lady into second and Jo also finished fourth aboard Xena 16.
Multiple winner over the six weeks of the MET I and II Autumn tours, Stacey had to settle for second in the nine-strong decider of the bronze 1.10m with the 17-year-old Alsager 0.69 sec behind the winner. Four faults dropped Emily Richardson and Altaira down to eighth.
Four faults in the first round of the 28-entry bronze 1.40m final put Vicky Lovegrove and Exsultate Des Hayettes down to 11th. Ireland’s Lauren Devine topped the seven-horse jump-off with Vega O’Moulin.
Laura Renwick continued with her winning formula in the seven-year-old grand prix with the home-bred Symphony in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Fifteen of the 44 starters returned to tackle the jump-off with Laura and the super-quick yet careful Parco/Tristan De Quelen mare the only pair to break the 30 sec barrier and claim a 0.89 sec win.
“There are no words for this unbelievable mare; she’s jumped clear in all of her classes, jumped three seven-year-old grands prix and won all three out here. We are so proud to have bred such a talented horse and so excited for her future,” said Laura. “Her mother Reine Du May jumped 1.55m with me and her sire is the great Parco.”
Robert Whitaker guided Vermento (Argento/Skippy II) into second with steadier double clears from Gemma Tattersall on MGH Candy Girl and Leo Lamb’s Dopiaza earning sixth and seventh spots while four faults dropped Olli Fletcher and IV Willem down to 11th place.
The top five places of the 26-horse 1* 1.20m two-phase fell to British riders with Leo Lamb leading the way on the 12-year-old Southend to win by 0.19 sec. Jade Meekings slotted Pauls Lass into second with Ellie Guy aboard Ijver in third. Sophie Wallace claimed fourth on Countess II and Leo also picked up fifth riding Cobra Van Het Legitahof Z. Charlene Bastone finished on one time fault for 10th on Jelle and Angie Thompson returned on four faults in the second phase to take 12th with KI Grifter.
Brits dominated the 1* 1.10m speed with the top six places led by the consistent pairing of Arabella Prior on Friso. Twenty-two contended this class with the on-form Arabella – already a winner this week – galloping ahead on the Azteca VDL/Phin Phin 10-year-old to claim victory by 3.30 sec. Winner 24 hours earlier, Elisha Simmons had to settle for second on the Vaillant 12-year-old Liberty 348 with Amy Ogilvie in third aboard Chacoa Cross Cruise. Angie Thompson guided Hazelberg’s Ileandro into fourth with Arabella also picking up fifth on second ride MHS Sanfrancisco and Faye Potter filled sixth riding Ilaney. Steadier clears from Rebecca Villis (Ibarra), Nicole Davidson (VMS De Niro Cruise) and Prue Dawes (Cooley Legaland) earned ninth, 10th and 12th places.
Charlene Bastone eased Jacpot (Arezzo VDL/Voltaire) into second in the 17-horse jump-off of the 38-strong six-year-old 1.25m 1.10m behind the pace. Nicole Pavitt was almost two sec further in arrears for fourth on Jordan W (Fibonacci/Guidam).
Gemma Tattersall topped the 15-horse jump-off of the 25-strong five-year-old 1.10m with 0.75 sec to spare on Kildress Blackthorn (Sligo Candy Boy/Cruising). Charlene netted third on Desperado SW and Helena Cassir was also double clear for fifth with Cherrydan S.
Jodie Hall-McAteer clinched second in the 1.30m speed with the Renkum Offender/Cobretti eight-year-old Renkum Olinthos almost five sec off the pace.
The winning performance of Emma Stoker and the ultra-consistent Q Seven continued with yet another seven-year-old victory in Valencia, Spain.
The 31 starters were whittled down to eight for the jump-off with Emma and the FRH Quaid/Stakkato gelding commanding victory by 2.33 sec. Four faults dropped Anna Power and Chaccina De Chandor Z down to seventh and Adrian Whiteway opted to withdraw Chacco Volo from the jump-off to take eighth.
James Smith steered Elmo Brown into third in the 31-strong 2* 1.40m two-phase, the Quality/No Limit 11-year-old finishing exactly one sec behind the winner. Emma Stoker was hot on his heels for fourth with Cornetboy while Lance Whitehouse on Billy Zingo and Anna Power’s Tahiclaud posted steadier double clears for eighth and 11th.
James was best Brit in the 2* 1.45m grand prix, taking fifth on Simply Splendid. Just eight of the 63 starters contended the jump-off with four faults dropping James and the Ustinov 11-year-old from a possible second place to fifth. Lance Whitehouse was one of five to complete round one on one time fault for 11th on Alex H and Simon Buckley supplied the fastest round of the four-faulters to take 14th on Elia.
Richard Jenkinson sped to a win in the 11-entry 1.10m with Seaburg, the Mermus R 10-year-old claiming a 2.57 sec advantage.
An easy clear from Faye Adams in the 14-horse 2* 1.35m speed put Jackpot VI into fourth place eight sec off the pace.
Four faults in the first round of the 21-strong 1* 1.35m grand prix denied Simon a jump-off chance and he finished fourth with Millfield Counterfeit. William Walker and Larimoon completed on five faults for seventh.
Sally Hopkinson saved the best until last, claiming victory in the 1* grand prix with Monte Carlos at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium.
Ten of the 37 starters made their way to the jump-off over a 1 30m track with Sally hitting top gear on the Temple Claudius/Caesar Van De Helle seven-year-old to edge ahead and win by 0.17 sec.
Trevor Breen steered Germaine W into fifth in the 72-strong 2* 1.40m two-phase, the Eldorado VD Zeshoek nine-year-old mare finishing 2.22 sec off the pace.
A steady double clear in the seven and eight-year-old earned Sam Hutton and the seven-year-old Isis 14th place more than eight sec behind the pace.
In Gorla Minore, Italy, Jason Smith netted seventh in the big-entry 91-strong 1.35m speed with Galaya Von Hof 2.86 sec off the pace. Emily Mason was also clear for 10th on Escorial K.
Jason eased Newberry Cleverleaf into sixth in the 15-horse jump-off of the seven-year-old 3.27 sec behind the pace.
And Emily picked up sixth in the concluding 25-entry 1.30m two-phase on the eight-year-old Ghost De Reville 0.95 sec behind the winner.
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