Rob Bevis posts another win in the International Stairway series
Rob Bevis is taking this year’s International Stairway series by storm. He registered his third win in the fourth leg of the 2016 series at South of England with the consistent Courtney 6.
Eight accessed the jump-off after posting a first round clear, but only two double clears were evident over course-designer Bob Ellis’ testing track, with Rob proving the fastest on the Chellano Z 15-year-old.
Locally based Jessie Drea took second with the 11-year-old Touchdown stallion Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars. Chloe Winchester posted the fastest jump-off time with Avoca Valkyrie, who has just returned to competition after five months off, but at the expense of a rail on the floor for third.
Helen Tredwell on Ann and Colin Garrett’s Unbelievable Darco 10-year-old Sebastian VII took fourth with Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z fifth andTracy Priest sixth on Caristo VDL. Nicole Pavitt with Old Lodge’s Hussah TM took seventh and eighth went to Ben Bick and Zipiro.
The win puts Rob at the head of the International Stairway league on Courtney with 24 points, also winner of the Royal Berkshire leg. Rob also lies in fourth place on Chablis ET, winner at Devon County. Phillip Miller is in second on Caritiar Z on 19 points, five adrift of Rob’s lead, with Helen Tredwell and Larksong in third on 16 points.
Sixty competitiors chased the three HOYS places in the Speedi-Beet grade C, and the Pavitt sisters Louise and Nicole netted a qualifying place apiece.
Louise Pavitt took the top spot on Hello Vivendi, an Irish-bred seven-year-old by Ars Vivendi. And Nicole brought her home-bred Gemmarco 16, a seven-year-old stallion by Brendon Stud’s late sire Unbelievable Darco, into third.
Robert Whitaker sandwiched Brendon Stud’s Noble Warrior, a seven-year-old stallion with Warrior/Casantos bloodlines, into second.
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