Brazil's Marlon Zanotelli braves the rain to win Bolesworth's big class on day two

The big class of day two fell to Brazil, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli sweeping into an unassailable lead on Rock N Roll Semilly in the Equiline/Fearns Farm Partnership 4* world ranking 1.50m. The super-careful 11-year-old Diamant De Semilly stallion answered every call to head the class by 0.58 sec.

The win underscored Marlon's talent, and a place on the Brazilian team is possible.

"We have seven riders with a chance of making selection and they all look good. Hopefully, I will be selected, an Olympics at home - and my first one - would be very special," said Marlon.

Chloe Aston was best Brit with Kolibri Classic, taking third behind the USA’s Lillie Keenan on Super Sox. The USA’s Reed Kessler took fourth on Cos I Can – produced in Britain by Shane Breen. A trio of Brits followed closely. Jess Mendoza took fifth on Sam De Bacon with the newly married Anna Power (nee Edwards) in sixth on Blazer B and Louise Saywell seventh on Patrol V.

The Netherlands’ Stefanie van den Brink headed the fast, hotly contested Harthill Stud 4* 1.45m with the Irish-bred mare Merida 8. Egypt’s Karim Elzoghby took second on Colour Girl 0.23 sec in arrears with Ireland’s Dermott Lennon third on Fleur IV. Harriet Nuttall was best Brit in fourth on the Easy Lift 11-year-old Silver Lift.

Marion Hughes braved the rain to take the hard-fought NFU Mutual 4* 1.35m on the 15-year-old mare Heritage HHS Fortuna by 0.23 sec.

"My mare is very fast but I didn't do the inside turns, I just decided to keep nice and flowing, and it paid off," said Marion.

A bunch of Brits followed – Keith Shore claimed second on the game 18-year-old Zegreanne Z with Douglas Duffin on Chellano Z/Libero H 13-year-old Chiquito Z third and Jay Halim fourth on the 11-year-old Abrisco. Holly Gillott was fifth on Jane Heerbeck’s Indoctro nine-year-old Carolus K DHI and Guy Williams pushed the Calvados stallion Goddigger into sixth.

Hardy spectators and very wet ring stewards braved the weather during the 1.35m

As did the best dressed ladies in the Miss Bolesworth contest on Ladies Day.

In the Jockey Challenge, the speedy pairing of Nick Scholfield and Matt Sampson (pictured with Lisa Hales) predictably won by more than six sec over nearest rivals Victoria Gulliksen and Nico de Boinville.

Mark Armstrong topped the John Deere 2* 1.35m on the Baloubet Du Rouet 11-year-old Balougio III by 0.61 sec. Paul Barker eased Sandors Legacy into second with Ireland’s Kenneth Graham in third on Lenamore Lucy Lou. Ireland also took fourth with Simon McCarthy on G Andiamo Rodeberg. Brits Sophie Fawcett on Quite Cadiz, Jack Whitaker with Native De Vesquerie and George Whitaker on Campari V claimed fifth, sixth and seventh.

Taisie de Gruchy also posted a British win, winning the Fowler & Gilbert 2* 1.30m on the seven-year-old Lupicor daughter Hoodshill First Look by just 0.06 sec. Paul Barker eased the Peter Pan 15-year-old U2 II into second with Ireland’s Michael Pender third on Acorad 3. Amy Inglis and Amadeouse De Hurtebise took fourth with Sally Hopkinson on Cartouche II fifth.

Ireland claimed another win in the 2* accumulator, Elizabeth Power taking the top spot on the High Roller stallion Doonaveeragh O One. Emma Stoker and Bob Young’s 11-year-old Townhead Tallulah V were 2.60 sec adrift for second with George Whitaker in third on the Baloubet Du Rouet 11-year-old Balibu. Ireland’s Michael Pender was fourth on Z7 Cordanos V with James Davenport on Cochella fifth and David Simpson sixth with Unex Cognac IV.

Best Brit in the Dutch Flower Shop young horse six/seven-year-old went to Nicole Pavitt and the seven-year-old Unbelievable Darco stallion Gemmarco 16 with third. Czech Emma Augier de Moussac won on the six-year-old Brighton Bay, a chance buy when purchased at auction.

"I'd had a little to drink, it wasn't meant to happen! But last year, he only knocked two poles down and he has been so consistent again this year, it was a real lucky shot," said Emma.

Lorenzo de Luca took second on the seven-year-old Jenny Van Het Waterblok. Ireland’s Anthony Condon was fourth on the Hales family’s Zurich seven-year-old Zira II with Joe Whitaker and Diola fifth.

Ben Raistrick took his sponsor’s class, the Halsall Electrical amateur 1.25m, on the 16-year-old Top Limit, winning by 1.09 sec. Ashlee Harrison claimed second on the Casanots 10-year-old Beaufort III with Kerstin Deakin and the Corlando/Nimmerdor mare Sunsolde third. Sarah Billington and Uforia JX took fourth with Sophie Gracida fifth on Dusty S Z and Emily Elliott sixth on Della H.

Julie Slade took a commanding victory in the Aggreko amateur 1.15m on the Billy Mexico eight-year-old Billy Gogo, winning by an incredible 5.45 sec. Belgium’s Bruno Goyens de Heusch and Corella F took second with Camilla Bingham and Wembley in third. Johanna Buckley claimed fourth of Celeste of Sambrook with Samantha Curry fifth on Fun Fun and Helen Rees sixth on Maximo Des Forets.

Photos © Jumping Around & Bolesworth International