British riders were on dominant form on the Spanish Sunshine Tour last weekend (9 March), clocking a win and both runners-up spots in the 2 grand prix.

Robert Whitaker rode his parents’ (John and Clare) stallion, Catwalk IV (pictured top), into 2nd place in the 1.60m €50,000 Sunshine Tour IV Grand Prix with a double clear just over 1sec behind the winner.

Suffolk’s Tim Page (Santa Cruise) took 5th spot, with another double clear, while Scottish rider Douglas Duffin was the fastest four-faulter to finish 6th, riding Quidam BZ.

Kayleigh Watts, from Hertfordshire, landed the €2,000 Classic Tour Grand Prix with Robert Smith’s Rooney IV. The Brits featured highly in the placings, too, with Abbe Burchmore-Eames (Wilandri E) 2secs adrift as runner-up, and Sophie Ryan (Pacco Du Bourg) 4th.

Sunshine Tour Grand Prix 1.60m

  1. Zipper (S Alvarez Moya, ESP) 0,0,37.29secs
  2. Catwalk IV (R Whitaker, GBR) 0,0,38.37
  3. Fidux (E Alvarez Aznar, ESP) 0,0,40.35
  4. Vagabond De La Pomme (P Leprevost, FR) 0,0,40.74
  5. Santa Cruise (T Page, GBR) 0,0,43.48
  6. Quidam BZ (D Duffin, GBR) 0,4,41.27

 Classic Tour Grand Prix

  1. Rooney IV (K Watts, GBR) 0,0,38.37secs
  2. Wilandri E (A Burchmore Eames, GBR) 0,0,40.50
  3. Benito (M Longem Valdar, NOR) 0,0,44.85
  4. Pacco Du Bourg (S Ryan, GBR) 0,0,45.58
  5. Perfect Rouge (EP Garson, RSA) 0,0,46
  6. Ananaz (A Frutuoso de Melo, POR) 0,0,48.32