Youth leads the way as Harry Charles and Jack Whitaker take grand prix wins

Youth took precedence over experience on Saturday at Chepstow, with Harry Charles and Jack Whitaker taking wins in the medium and small grands prix.

A tough, technical track reduced the 79 medium grand prix starters to 10 for the jump-off, with penultimate drawn Harry taking out strides and angling fences to claim the £2,000 first prize on Dauphin.

“She’s a lovely mare, this is only my third show with her and she jumped fantastic,” said Harry, who shares the Memphis eight-year-old with his father Peter.

With a feeling of déjà vu a la Welsh Master grand prix, Peter again finished behind Harry, his early lead on ABC Quantum Cruise reduced to third.

Holly Gillott, some two and a half sec behind Harry, took second with the Irish-bred PLS Halo Diamond. Fast four four faulters finished down the line – Amy Inglis and Everyway took fourth, with Matt Sampson on Perfect Rouge fifth and Tracy Priest on Ninja Sue in sixth.

A flying round from Jack Whitaker beat all his older challengers to claim the small grand prix on Native De Vesquerie, a French-bred 15-year-old by Papillon Rouge.

And there were well known speed specialists behind him. Keith Shore – winner of an earlier medium tour 1.35m – took second on the 18-year-old mare Zegreanne Z and Jay Halim – second in both previous medium tour classes – was third on Abrisco. Just 0.25 sec separated the first three.

Harry Charles and Vivaldi Du Dom took fourth with Emily Ward on Costa III fifth and day one’s winner Sally Hopkinson with Cartouche II in sixth.

Paul Barker continued on his winning form with Spring Equestrian Partnership’s Happy Boy, a Belgian-bred Kannan/Kimball nine-year-old. The pair, winners of Bishop Burton’s accumulator a week ago, topped the Big tour 1.40m speed with half a sec to spare.

Chelsea Skelton brought the Wolfgang H nine-year-old Caramba into second with Matt Sampson in third on new ride Cristobal 21, a German-bred stallion son of Cristo previously ridden by Carron Nicol and John Whitaker. Louise Whitaker and Di Lampard’s home-bred Balou Du Rouet nine-year-old Ruby VIII took fourth with Holly Gillott in fifth on Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K.

Ben Raistrick topped the Gold tour 1.25m on Dan Wright’s Top Limit just 0.06 of a sec in front of Declan Irvine and Keeford Carousel. Olivia Gent and Carnavals Wonder were third.

Charles Richards and Pebbly role Model claimed the Silver tour 1.20m just 0.32 sec ahead of Michael Fursedonn’s Foxtrot Van Den Aard. Scott Dollemore and Busherstown Lad took third.

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