Top Banana! Nicola Barry takes a winning double at Bishop Burton


After heading the previous day's Blue Chip B and C at Bishop Burton's development classic, Nicola Barry topped a fast, hotly-contended Hickstead winter B and C qualifier with True Blue III, a British-bred eight-year-old by Chacco Blue and out of Trueleva - Millie Allen's children-on-horses European medallist.

"He's a real winner and just wants to jump clear," said Nicola.

County Durham-based Carla Bowlam netted second just 0.13 sec behind on the nine-year-old Capriool III to take the second Hickstead qualifying place and book her ticket to the Royal International Horse Show.

"He jumped super, he's only just started jumping at this level, I'm over the moon with him," said Carla.

Harry Wainwright just missed out on qualification on Muckno Princess, in third with the only other double clear.

Vicky Burns took fourth, her quick time marred only by Denzel lowering the second element of the final double with the lightest of taps.

Hetty Dales won the SEIB winter novice qualifier with Cakipapatino, an eight-year-old bought 12 months ago. The pair had already fired a warning shot by winning the previous day's Foxhunter, and won here by more than half a sec.

Doncaster-based Lisa Jones claimed the second SEIB winter novice qualifying place on Diana P, an eight-year-old bought from Anne Bedford.

Alex Thompson and Falauska Fortuna finished third with Dean Wilson and Temple Oliver in fourth.

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