Adrian Whiteway scores a one-two at Bicton on day one

Adrian Whiteway kick-started the five day show at Bicton, Devon, in fine style with a one-two in the 1.30m from a field of 75. He won with the Contendro I nine-year-old Carambow and took second on his HOYS 2016 talentseekers finalist, the Dutch-bred 11-year-old Anytime II. He must have been fast, speedy pair Mark Edwards and Sam Thomas’ British-bred Unbelievable Darco sired Unbelievable Eddie took third with fellow Welshman Alan Thomas fourth on Grauffs Clear Round.

From a field of 34, 10 horses jumped treble clear in the national six-year-old to qualify for the Stoneleigh final – Chad Fellows (Casallfino), Olivia Gent (Centurion V), Andrea Verdina (Yakuma BK), Emily Dewey (Arlington), Lance Whitehouse (Bazento), John Crippen (Caluca 2), Donna Callaghan (Freek VT Scharenborg), Holly Howsam (Esprit Van De Deonkhoeve), Ben Dunning (KSS Kannan Dee) and Adrian Whiteway (Katinka II).

Julian Mincher and the Mr Darcy 10-year-old Risk It headed a strong 1.20m from Rebecca Mason on Miserden Imprezza, and Rebecca on the 12-year-old mare went on to take the 1.10m.

Sammie-Jo Coffin claimed a double victory, heading the Foxhunter on the seven-year-old Simply Splendid from Barry Drea’s seven-year-old Billy Mexico daughter Okehurst Miss Mexico. She also took the Nupafeed Supplements discovery on the eight-year-old Argentinus daughter Monastery Stud Golden Eye.

Padraig McCarthy topped the Connollys Red Mills newcomers on the seven-year-old MGH Kings Street and Leonne George triumphed in the 1.15m on I Candy II, a Dutch 13-year-old.

Kimberley Doran won the 1.05m on the Mermus R 12-year-old Zolanda from Julie Whibley with Harlequin Joe, a Harlequin Du Carel/Diamond Lad 11-year-old, and Andrew Williams guided the 11-year-old Dolostone into the 1m open top spot.

Elle McCoan and the Necker Platiere daughter NPS Figi shared the Bosanko Equine four-year-old honours with Sophie Stockdale on Flamenco T. And Charles Foot took first and third in the KBIS British novice on the Irish-bred Dunkerrin Leader seven-year-old Alto Ramblin Rose and the six-year-old Pembroke Royal Prince, sandwiching Adrian Whiteway into second on Miss Petty Cash. Laura Davies and Bolgoednewydd Toy Faere won the 90cm open.

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