Helen Tredwell headed Notts County’s historic class, the top-billed Mattie Brown Stakes with Colin and Ann Garrett’s Sebastian VII, an Unbelievable Darco 10-year-old out of an Animo mare. The on-form pair have recently returned from wins in Bonheiden 2* and Lanaken 3*.
The top three placed were filled by British-bred horses. Emily Ward took second on the scopey mare Remi Cavallieri, a 10-year-old daughter of Handel, and third went to Dale Burnham and Romanella Gold, a Romanov 10-year-old mare.
Kerry Brennan and the effusive, ever-eager Wellington M, a Quidam De Revel/Cash 13-year-old, topped the area trial. Only two double clears were realised. Tim Davies took second on the Ferro 14-year-old Valentijn O with fastest faulter Holly Gillott in third on the Irish-bred Obos Quality eight-year-old Quality Old Joker.
Morgan Kent and Dolores V, a Berlin/Volatire eight-year-old she shares with Richard Howley, claimed the Speedi-Beet HOYS grade C top spot to ensure a finalist place at the NEC. They won by the narrowest of margins, just 0.05 sec from Holly Gillott and the Irish eight-year-old PLS Halo Diamond.
And Morgan’s partner Richard Howley netted the third HOYS qualifying place on D.Millfield Darin, a Berlin/Lux eight-year-old.
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