Matt Sampson takes the 1.45m on day one at Allington

Matt Sampson got day one at Allington 2* off to a flying start with a win in the big class of the day, the large tour 1.45m on the Coronado/Caletto I 13-year-old Cecilia.

Keith Shore was more than one and a half sec in arrears on the Indoctro 15-year-old Unique for second spot. Joe Clayton took third on Caroline and Steve Barnes’ Irish-bred Ard VDL Douglas nine-year-old Millioninmind. Chelsea Skleton and Caramba took fourth ahead of fifth-placed Emma stoker and Bob Young’s Townhead Tallulah V.

The Whitaker family took the top three in the medium tour, Joe topping the class by 0.55 sec on the nine-year-old mare Lavarno from his cousin Louise on Ruby VIII, a Balou Du Rouet nine-year-old bred by British chef d’equipe Di Lampard. Joe’s sister Ellen took third on Fleur, an Irish eight-year-old she shares with partner Antonio Marinas Soto.

Holly Gillott and Carolus K DHI finished fourth just ahead of Alex Hempleman and Billy Dinero in fifth.

The small tour 1.30m fell to Abbie Crippen and the Hors La Loi 14-year-old mare Vilka B, who came home with 1.35 sec to spare. David Murdoch and Entesar, a seven-year-old by Heartbreaker, took second with Paul Barker and the 11-year-old Sandors Legacy in third. Aimee Jones and Biance BC claimed fourth with fifth going to Yazmin Davies on Zambowa Z.

Ella Popely and Little Luidam, a home-bred 11-year-old by Luidam, triumphantly claimed the gold tour 1.20m with almost a sec to spare over Stacey Cook’s seven-year-old Ninola. Kathryn Ellison and Hanleen Sultis finished third with Hannah Hughes and Tekila Sun Belin in fourth and locally based Vicky Young in fifth on Harrijen Millford.

Chelsea Skelton and the 14-year-old Cheleko GB Z lifted the silver tour 1.10m with 0.32 sec to spare over Michael Fursedonn on Foxtrot Van Den Aard. India Bussey and Dior took third ahead of Ruby Pointer in fourth on Cuis Ghaire with Caitlin Whittaker on Anabel 18 in fifth.

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