Richard Howley regains his Bramham grand prix title

Richard Howley was on top form at Bramham, posting a great hat-trick of wins, including the top-billed Wetherby Skips grand prix.

Riding the scopey Chinook III, Richard headed the Wetherby Skips grand prix in typical speedy style. It marked the second consecutive win for the pair in this class, the Tygo nine-year-old answering Richard’s every call.

Kerry Brennan on the feisty crowd-pleaser Wellington M took second with Holly Gillott and Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K, a HOYS 2016 talentseekers finalist, third.

Richard had started the day off as he meant to go on, winning the B and C on the eight-year-old Gulliver VII, and in effect topped the first and last class at this popular annual event. He claimed his third victory in the Sure Grow Fertilisers six-bar with the only two horses jumping clear to access the fourth round. Instead of sharing, he opted to jump again, with the Clintissimo Z/Cassini I seven-year-old Carpe Diem Z jumping another clear for first with Verlindo, a Numero Uno/Burggraaf 14-year-old, taking second.

Kerry and Wellington M take a win and a second place

Kerry also enjoyed a great show – the Warrant eight-year-old Dynamic III topped the 1.40m speed and ‘Welly’ headed the Bramham 1.40m classic with Holly on Lammy Beach, an eight-year-old by Beach Ball, in second.

Alex Thompson claimed another HOYS finalist place on the consistent Cathalina V, winning the HOYS grade C on the seven-year-old already through to the talentseekers final.

Only two clears from 61 starters were produced, with Alex going head-to-head with Don Whitaker on Anne Bedford’s Billy Z, also a HOYS talentseekers finalist after qualifying at Northcote.

Alex opted for accuracy and it paid off when the Catoki/Sandro mare Cathalina was foot-perfect. Don and the Burggraaf/Lux Z eight-year-old Billy were almost five sec faster, but at the expense of a rail.

Katie Pytches had posted a jumping clear in round one on Jolie Fleur but picked up one time fault. Nevertheless, they were best of the rest for the third qualifying spot. This seven-year-old also has two HOYS finals to contend, they qualified for the Connollys Red Mills newcomers final at Bicton.

Paul Barker claimed a double on Rosemary Hetherington’s Lux Fabulous, taking victory in both the Yorkshire Post 1.30m and accumulator.

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