At Bicton on day three, Emma Slater claimed a double victory, taking the top-billed area trial and the B and C. She topped the area trial with Mark Haines’ Kigali/Mermus R 11-year-old Art D Usance to claim the £1,000 first prize. Also jumping double clear for second was Justin Tuff on Jancey Wembridge’s home-bred Man From Del Monte, A Cobra/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve nine-year-old and a former ride of Emma’s.
Ben Bick took third on the Zip Phin eight-year-old Zipiro with Jane Annett and her Welsh Masters Ladies winner Pallas Masterclass in fourth and Alice Watson on Billy Lemon in fifth.
In the B and C, Emma and the Couleur Rubin 10-year-old Crack Van Overis Z secured victory over second-placed Louise Lewis on Abbeygate Lulou.
Taisy de Gruchy has enjoyed success abroad at Oliva, Nova, Valencia, recently, and returned to Britain to take the 1.30m aboard the Belgian-bred nine-year-old Winner of Picobello Z, beating two speed merchants to take victory. Mark Edwards and Unbelievable Eddie took second with Julian Mincher on Risk It in third. Sophie Fawcett and Quite Cadiz clamed fourth and Liz Forrester on Belucci was fifth.
Mark was a winner in the British novice on Harleys Dream from Brook Whetter and Northcountry Lady Tabitha.
Rachel Davies and Don’t Touch won the 1.20m from Rebecca Mason and her consistent Miserden Imprezza. And Susannah Jeffery clinched victory in the Foxhunter on the Irish nine-year-old Fays Choice with Abi Walters and Perfick Miss Amber in second.
Stephen Mercer took first and third in the Connollys Red Mills newcomers with the Chacco Blue/Quidam De Revel six-year-old Chidam and the Cornado seven-year-old Coraquina Z, sandwiching Justine Walters and Simply Sid into second.
Johnathan Bowman, already a winner earlier in the week on Pennvard, claimed the 1.20m from Charmaine James and Birchills Jemima Puddle Duck. Rachel Vicary was third here on Sparkling Indulgence, and also took first and third in the 90cm on Spirits Way and La Petite Carnavelle.
Shelley Alexander topped the Nupafeed Supplements discovery on Jiashuan Clover with Adrian Whiteway and Miss Petty Cash in second. Laura Davies headed the 1m open with Bolgoednewydd Toy Faere from Millie Cornock and Ippolito Figlio Di Bentley and Hayley Webster pushed Pedro VIII into the top spot of the 1.05m. Charlotte Radley and Little M took second.
Sam Wall took the five-year-old style prize on the Hales family’s home-bred SFS Harriet, by Arko’s Boy and out of a Cartano mare, and James Emblen was a winner in the 1.15m on Losebys Sawasdee Hi.
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