Showjump­ing Brian Walker

Brits win the grands prix in Spain and an Ir­ish rider tri­umphs at the World Games test event

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FROM a mas­sive 71 starters, Jamie Win­grove of Great Bri­tain and the 11-year-old Lord Z geld­ing Bart VI won Sun­day’s 1.45m grand prix with a €7,500 (£6,600) top prize. Only two com­bi­na­tions pro­duced dou­ble clears, with the run­ner-up spot go­ing to Ger­many’s Mar­cel Weg­fahrt (Car­nan), who played it safe and slow with his seven-year-old stal­lion. Ire­land’s Michael Duffy (EFS Top Con­tender) took third as the fastest four-faulter.

The track was set by Spain’s Javier Trenor with an early triple com­bi­na­tion at fence five and fin­ish­ing with a Liver­pool ver­ti­cal, which took its toll and only four made it through to round two. Jamie was first of the quar­tet against the clock

“The course walked fine,” said Jamie, “but it turned out to ride more dif­fi­cult than it looked. The jump-off track suited me and my horse. He can be a bit chal­leng­ing to ride. He is nat­u­rally fast, and I thought that if I just kept mov­ing and kept the fences up, I’d have a shot at the win.”

Among the Bri­tish plac­ings, Emma Stoker (Ever­ton De

Villee) and Tim Wilks on In Showjumpers’ seven-year-old Kay picked up wins in the young horse classes. Matt Samp­son se­cured a four-timer (Ragga Muf­fin, Renkum Cen­tre Star and Glo­ria Van Zu­utho­eve), John Crip­pen (Cacharel Z) took a 1.35m twophase and Mark Arm­strong (Juharah) won on the sil­ver tour. Chloe Winch­ester and Billy Cool, a 10-year-old daugh­ter of Billy Congo, headed Thurs­day’s 1.40m jump-off class, beat­ing Holly Smith (Gren­nanstown Sarco Lux Hill) by less than 0.1 of a sec­ond. Daniel Neil­son tri­umphed in Fri­day’s 1.45m rank­ings two-phase class, worth €6,150 to the win­ner, on 13-year-old New­ton Nickel.

Jamie Win­grove and Bart VI are in the money with a grand prix win

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