Laura Mantel notches up a double at Chepstow

Laura Mantel doubled up at Chepstow 2*, winning the Big tour on Glory B V and taking the six-year-old accumulator on Funnycan.

Ultra-tight turns and a flourishing gallop to the last earned Laura the Big Tour 1.40m on Liz Howe’s home-bred Glory B V, a Caretino Glory/Animo nine-year-old mare, who was a winner out in Vilamoura in March.

It was a hot, competitve class, wth Ireland’s Shane Breen taking a midway lead on Bina Ford’s Balouet Du Rouet 10-year-old Acoustik Solo Du Baloubet, but Laura shaved everywhere tighter and swiped one and haf sec off the time.

James Davenport and the Contendro I/Argentan 13-year-old Catinka took third in the 70-strong class.

In the accumulator for six-year-olds, Laura finished 0.62 sec ahead with New Priory Stud’s Funnycan, a Zavall/Monaco mare. Annabel Shields and Rubin VHS, a six-year-old with Zenith,Chellano Z bloodlines, took second with Laura Robinson and the Unbelievable Darco/Caretino Glory stallion Darco Native – bred by Brendon Stud – third.

Beth Vernon set an early and unbeatable lead to take the Medium tour 1.35m speed with her consistent winner Omane Des Faux, a sell Francais 14-year-old. Despite some serious challenges from the 90 starters, Beth remained ahead, Jay Halin coming within 0.06 sec to take second on the Unistar/Zeus 11-year-old Abrisco.

Young rider Leonie Aitkenhead was third on the Fulton 14-year-old Westpoint Ferdinand.

Keith Shore and the amazing Zegreanne Z went one better than Thursday’s second spot and added yet another victory to their ever-growing tally, claiming the Small tour accumulator by almost three sec. Zegreanne, a Dutch-bred mare by Zandor Z, is now 18-years-old but age certainly doesn’t slow her down, she was a winner out in San Giovanni, Italy, earlier in April.

Michael Fursedonn was second on the Dutch-bred eight-year-old Darcode with Laura Mantel and the Warrant/Bergerac seven-year-old Esgracia, another winner in Vilamoura, third in the 85-strong class.

Sammi-Jo Coffin and the Irish-bred nine-year-old Denzil Boy headed the Gold tour accumulator by one and half sec from Julian Mincher on Darren and Sam Middleton’s seven-year-old mare Renaissance. Kathryn Ellison and Hanleen Sultis took third.

George Leonne and Champagne V headed the Silver tour 1.20m speed by 0.71 sec from Scott Dollemore and Busherstown Lad. Aled Harding on Raphoe Ella took third.

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