Laura Mantel continues on her winning form at Wales and West

Laura Mantel has kept up her winning form after returning from Vilamoura, Portugal. She headed the 1.35m grand prix at Wales and West’s first show of the season with Liz Howes’ home-bred Glory B V.

In a very competitive jump-off of 19, Laura and the nine-year-old mare Glory B V, by Caretino Glory and out of the Animo mare On Purpose, swept into an unbeatable lead. They headed off Mark Edwards’ challenge with Tinkers Tale, another home-bred and out of Mark’s fabulous speed mare Mammas Tinker, by 0.83 sec.

Peter Charles brought the Memphis/Damiro eight-year-old Dauphin, a mare that jumped consistently in Mijas in February, into third.

Andrew Davies and the Tadmus 10-year-old Dusseldorf headed the initial 1.30m from Kathryn Ellison on Summer Cruise III in second and third-placed Alan Thomas on Grauffs Clear Round.

Kathryn and Summer Cruise were again second on day two’s 1.30m, won on this occasion by Michael Fursedonn on Darcode. Al Yaqub on Silverstone took third just ahead of fourth-placed Vicky Burns and Denzel II in the 22-strong jump-off.

Michael and the Veron/Nimmerdor eight-year-old Darcode doubled up in the Wales and West Rising Stars, taking victory by 0.23 sec over Stevie Jenkins and Fantaghiro Van Overis, a former ride of Laura Mantel. Vicky and Denzel took third. Michael also won a 1m class on Billy Rae.

Mark Wildish claimed a hat-trick. He won the 1m novice on Wakita and doubled up in the newcomers, winning twice on Fabi Van De Vrunte.

Helen Rees claimed two 1.20m opens on Maximo Des Forets while Jay Halim was winning the Blue Chip grand prix on her horse Bart VI.

Amy Smith claimed three wins, taking two amateur 1.05m challenge classes and the Panda Bamboo 95cm on Templehill Merlin. And Jonathan Pett doubled up in the British novice classes, winning one on Trojans Sonnet and another with Hayleighz Comet.

India Sime hit a purple patch with six wins. In the pony classes, Dalsown Henry notched up a hat-trick, topping the newcomers, Keith Price Garages 1.05m and Squibb Foxhunter, and Ballinteskin Bankers Hill headed two up-and-coming young riders under 21 and 1.15 members cup. India also posted double clears on the five-year-old Delaplane Bee in the young horse section to take two equal firsts.

Holly Rowsell took the top two in three classes with Lennon Princess and Itzy Bitzy III in the pony newcomer/1m and pony discovery/90cm and won the Keith Price Garages 1.05m on My Little Lady with Lennon Princess second.

Dominic Turner doubled up with two 90cm wins on Freddie The Star.

Photo © Ellie Mantel