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It seems that there’s no stopping Laura Renwick at Vilamoura this weekend: the British rider quadrupled her winners’ checks on Friday with two more victories, aboard Rembrandt Blue and Utrillo de Breve.
The British rider began her weekend with wins in two classes on Thursday at the Vilamoura Champions Tour CSI2* with Rembrandt Blue and Roller Coaster.
The CSI2* fall tour is packed to the gills with horses and riders who have come to enjoy a few last weeks of warm weather in this area of southern Portugal, before they head back north to meet the end of fall at home stables in northern Europe. Renwick, whose string of horses seems to be enjoying the season more than most, started her Friday with victory aboard the 7-year-old Selle Francis Utrillo de Breve in the 1.35m, two-phase class that for a second day saw a whopping number of entries – nearly 80. Renwick and Utrillo de Breve topped 2nd placed finisher Luca Maria Moneta and Jesus de la Commune by less than a second, with Silvia Bazzani and Corofin finishing 3rd.
Next up it was Rembrandt Blue, a French bred 10-year-old grey gelding that Renwick tacked up for his second class in two days: the Longines ranking 1.45m, presented by Gavertur. Another two-phase class, this one boasted an even 100 entries. Any top placing is one to celebrate when you’re up against those kind of numbers, and Renwick, who crossed the finish timers in 30.69 seconds, had the win well in hand against her closest competitor. That was Brazil’s Katty King, who placed 2nd in 31.11 seconds with Wilexo. Fellow Brazilian Bernardo Alves and Agatha D Ecaussinnes were 3rd in 31.15 seconds.
This week’s competition of the Vilamoura Champions Tour, which continues through October 18th, concludes with a Sunday Grand Prix. For all intents and purposes, it’s Renwick that the other riders had better keep their eye on if they want any share of the winners’ checks for themselves.
Check out full results of Friday’s Longines rankings 1.45m at this link.