Keith Shore takes the big Grand Prix at Chepstow

Keith Shore maxed on his final draw to take the Martin Collins Big tour grand prix with a smooth, professional, seemingly unhurried round on Mystic Hurricane.

Irish course-designer Alan Wade set a tough, uncompromising track and only five from 70 starters provided round one clears. There were several hard luck stories, though. Four finished with a jumping clear but incurred one costly time penalty, and Harry Charles, 16, jumped a great clear until the final fence, Strides Controe just tapping out the front rail.

In the jump-off, the USA’s Lauren Hough hit a rail on Royalty Des Isles and Jessica Dimmock posted another good clear on the eight-year-old Cybel II for an eventual third. Annabel Shields was in contention all the way on Wet Wet Wet, but took a risk too far with a rousing gallop to the final oxer and took out the front rail. They were three sec in front for an eventual fourth.

Theo Simpson took a brief lead on Touch Of Chilli, some three sec faster than Jessica, but Keith Shore’s vast experience showed in the final draw.

Smooth and deceptively fast, Keith claimed the class by almost two sec. And the presentation was accompanied by a gun salute from the re-enactment festivities at nearby Caldicot Castle.

“It was very clever course-building – five clears says it all – and the questions were spread all over the track,” said Keith, at his first show with Hurricane since San Giovanni two weeks ago.

“I saved him for this and he felt very good.”

Michael Fursedonn topped the Medium tour accumulator on Darcode, a Veron/Nimmerdor eight-year-old he has produced for the past four years.

Jay Halim is nothing but consistent. He was second again on Abrisco, marking their third second in the Medium tour series. They were also third in the Small grand prix.

Emily Ward and Doobally took third with Simon Crippen on Atlanta VIII fourth, Jessica Hewitt in fifth on Countess and Allana Clutterbuck on Vitaal G sixth.

Lauren Edwards headed the Small tour 1.30m with the ultra-consistent Bukato, a Dutch-bred 10-year-old mare who won six classes out in Mijas, Spain, during February and March.

Abbie Crippen was half a sec in arrears for second on Vilka B with Graham Babes and Boucheron in third. Fourth went to Henry Turrell’s Barbados III with Alison Barton fifth on Billy Anna and Sian Edwards on Umphrey De Breve in sixth.

With a dramatic flying gallop to the last oxer and standing almost a stride away, Holly Gillott landed the Six-year-old Grand Prix on the Irish-bred Gannanstown Sarco Luxhill.

The big, strapping 17hh gelding was bought loose-jumping out of Millstreet by Holly and fiancé Graham Smith.

“He’s a character but mega-careful, I could trust him to jump the last,” said Holly.

Ben Dunning took second on KSS Kannan Dee with third going to Laura Robinson and Darco Native. Jake Saywell and the impressive, scopey stallion Quimari W took fourth, William Funnell and Billy Dorito claimed fifth and Ben Bick with Centurion in sixth.

Kathryn Ellison and Jabeena Maslin’s Hanleen Sultis headed the CSI1* Gold tour 1.25m, knocking the winner of the last two days, Sammie-Jo Coffin on Denzil Boy, into second by 0.60 sec. Andrew Williams and Bodieve Toyboy took third with Graham Babes on Cluedo II in fourth.

Sarah Lundy and Spen Brook Georgie Boy claimed victory in the Silver tour 1.20m, winning by an incredible 13 sec from the only other double clear, Charlotte Pyke Jones on Carramore Special K. Kallum Fletcher and Kits Coty Stud’s Disco III took third with Jay Halim and Candy King in fourth.

Jodie Hall McAteer headed the first of the 148cm pony European Viewng Trials with Lea Du Genier n a 10-strong jump-off. Emma Crawford’s opening round on Mullingar Bay took second with Bobbie Heath and Air Flow third. Jack Whitaker took fourth and sixth on Elando Van De Roshoeve and Zodianne Van De Dovenbree with Sophie Bowen Howard’s Quincy V in fifth.

In day two’s Speed, Hallie Lunn sped round on Javas Alun to take the top spot by 0.73 sec from Faye Sutton and Robe Ruadh. Jodie and Tixylix took third with Jack and Elando fourth. Allana Clutterbuck was fifth on Sue Evans’ Sultan Du Bary and sixth went to Robert Murphy on Rainbows Mocha.

Ben Clark took the first of the Children-on-Horses viewing trial, a speed class, with Curosa III, winnng from the front with more than a second to hand. Sienna Charles and Weston Wind took second, Flo Norris was third on Classic Highfly and Ellie Hall-McAteer was fourth with Dazzle. Lily Freeman Attwood finished in fifth on Banana D Ive and Anneliese Aitken took sixth with Ghana Boy.

Six riders jumped double clear on day two in the Nations Cup style, two full rounds conmpetition – Tahnia Jordan Jones (Uragan), Ben Clark (Just Olympia), Ellie Hall McAteer (Dazzle), Angel Tough (Varuni Z), Sandy McLean (Warhol Wulfselection Z) and Lily Freeman Attwood (Banana D Ive).

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