Horse & Hound

INTERNATIO­NAL ROUND-UP

WILSON LEADS THE WAY WITH GALWAY BAY JED

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BRITISH riders continued their dominance of the ranking classes in the penultimat­e week of the CSI3* Sunshine Tour at Vejer De La Frontera, Spain. James Wilson kicked off on Friday with his first internatio­nal success on Galway Bay Jed (pictured, below), the former top ride of Harriet Biddick (née Nuttall), who is taking time out to have a baby.

The pair were really able to open up in the big grass arena, coming home 0.09sec quicker than Irishman Conor Swail (Flower).

“It was a really fast class and it soon became apparent that the only way to win was to leave strides out – everywhere!” said James. “Jed had been in flying form with Harriet and we’ve clicked straight away.”

The Somerset-based rider then landed a speed class with another relatively new ride, the former eventer Cooley Elusive (Guidam x Cavalier Royale).

Matt Sampson headed Thursday’s 1.45m ranking class on Rachael Evison’s eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse Curraghgra­igue Obos Flight (Obos Quality 004 x Errigal Flight) while the ever-consistent Kayleigh Watts also landed a win on Friday with the 10-year-old Chatman mare Kimosa Van Het Kritrahof.

Sunday’s 1.50m grand prix, an Olympic qualifier, was won by

Brazil’s Pedro Veniss (Boeckmanns Lord Pezi Junior), with John Whitaker best of the British riders in fourth on Unick Du Francport.

In the young horse classes, Charlie Jones claimed the five-year-old honours with Nolo Contendere, a smart looking Irish-bred son of Balou Du Rouet, while Billy Twomey headed the seven-year-old equivalent in blustery conditions on the athletic chestnut gelding Je T’Aime Z, a Belgian-bred son of his great partner Je T’Aime Flamenco.

CHEERS TO BACARDI ON THE MET TOUR

THE action returned to Oliva Nova, Spain, with week one of the Autumn Mediterran­ean Equestrian Tour (MET) series.

A fantastic 14-way jump-off for the grand prix resulted in a win for German rider Richard Vogel (Diego), with Darragh Kenny of Ireland just a whisker behind with Belo Horizonte. Darragh also claimed other good results, including victory in the silver tour grand prix on Harissa Z. Donald Whitaker was the highest placed British rider in the grand prix, taking fifth with a brilliant round on the 10-year-old stallion Atevla.

Louise Saywell and the 14-year-old Bacardi have been firing on all cylinders since teaming up just a couple of weeks ago and the pair landed their first internatio­nal in the 1.45m grand prix qualifier.

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