Michael Duffy scores a fantastic double at Allington

Ireland’s Michael Duffy scored a magnificent double on the final day at Allington, securing the top-billed grand prix and the small tour final at his very first show with Alan Burnell’s Belanto Z and Ceather.

Course-designer Mark McGowan’s 13-fence track reduced the 53 starters to 10 clears, but as 25% of the starters accessed the jump-off, they were joined by two riders on one time fault and the two fastest four faulters.

Jess Dimmock and Cybel set a good standard, but they were left in an eventual sixth as Michael and Belanto Z demolished their time by seven sec. William Funnell was the closest, but he was still 1.06 sec in arrears for second on Billy Angelo. Louise Saywell eased Mr Darcy into third with Emma Stoker fourth on Townhead Campus and Sharon Quigley fifth with Adermie 52.

Michael, who is still based with Duncan Inglis but started working part-time for Alan Burnell, was impressed with Belanto’s performance. “He’s phenomenal, the best I’ve ridden,” he said.

Michael produced the quickest time in the small tour final 11-horse decider aboard Alan Burnell’s nine-year-old mare Ceather.

“She’s a good jumper and quick,” he said after taking the class by 1.63 sec.

Louise Whitaker was at only her third show on Old Lodge’s Leen OL, a Berlin mare previously ridden by Nicole Pavitt, and took second spot.

“I think she’s going to be good one and I’ll be sharing her with my Dad [John],” she said.

Chelsea Skelton headed the Andrews Bowen medium tour final on the Balou Du Rouet nine-year-old Millfield Baloney, holding onto a slender lead of 0.06 sec despite Maja Burnell’s final challenge on Carnaval Komombo.

Louise Whitaker claimed third on another sired by Balou Du Rouet, Di Lampard’s Ruby VIII, with Jack Whitaker in fourth on Native De Vesquerie. Holly Gillott was fifth on Carolus K DHI and Jude Burgess was sixth on Comeback De Fremis.

A winner yesterday with the 10-year-old Hanleen Sultis, Kathryn Ellison netted the top two in the gold tour final with Sultis and the eight-year-old mare Cherokee Bay. Danielle Holme was the nearest rival for third on Boyd, just over half a sec behind. Hannah Hughes brought Eye Catcher II into fourth with fifth going to Ella Popely on Little Luidam.

Michael Fursedonn continued on his good form with the Chatman 11-year-old Foxtrot Van Den Aard, taking the silver tour final by an incredible 2.95 sec. They were second on day one and won on day two.

“I only meet him at shows, his owner Megan rides him at home, I last rode him at Chepstow five weeks ago, but he’s so consistent,” said Michael on the 11-year-old who is now for sale.

Lois Gammon brought Bentley CL into second, fractionally ahead of Julie Slade and Billy Gogo. Amanda Green on Maximus Tiberius took fourth with Madeleine Allen in fifth on Pleasant Cherry Blaze.

Holly Gillott topped the Avant six-year-old final with the Irish-bred Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill – already a winner earlier in the week.

“He’s so easy and careful,” said Holly, who will now aim him at Bolesworth’s winter grade C final.

Laura Mantel eased the New Priory Stud’s Funnycan into second with Laura Pritchard and Fayot in third. Emma Stoker and Everton De Villee took fourth with fifth awarded to Louise Whitaker and Brendon Stud’s Special Warrior.

Zoe Smith won the five-year-old final on the Bodinus sired Garcia Lente, a gelding bought as an unbroken three-year-old from Sport Horse Continental.

“He’s been easy and has just started jumping Foxhunter,” she said.

Michael Fursedonn took second on Nirvana Vant Vossenhof Z, 1.67 sec in arrears wth Ruby Fryer just a fraction behind for third on Diamant WP Z. Paul Barker took fourth on Gait L with Lauren Edwards fifth and sixth on Kesara and Expresso.

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