Francois Mathy Jnr takes the big class on day four at Bolesworth


Francois Mathy Jnr lifted the Equigrip 4* world ranking 1.45m for Belgium on Falco Van De Clehoeve on day four of the spectacular Bolesworth 4* International. He guided the 11-year-old Quickfeuer Van Keokshof stallion into a 1.30m sec victory over Ireland’s Marion Hughes on the Lord Z nine-year-old Laith.

“He has a big stride and is very competitive in this type of class, it’s where he is most comfortable,” said Francois.

Jess Mendoza was best Brit in fifth on Ramiro De Belle Vue, a 15-year-old Mozart Des Hayettes stallion. Nicole Pavitt, who is riding lame after a kick from a youngster at home, was fractionally behind on Victor Blue for sixth.

Francois doubled up, taking the Whitley Neill Gin young horse six and seven-year-old final on Team Harmony’s Diddo Van Sint Maarten.

“We bought him as a foal and based him at Team Harmony’s Newmarket stables from a three to six-year-old. He’s still young, but has a great brain, is attentive and always listens,” said Francois.

Winner for the last two days Emma Augier De Moussac and Brighton Bay took second. Michael Whitaker was best Brit in fifth on the Mylord Carthago seven-year-old Valmy De La Lande. Chloe Aston was sixth on Cornado’s Boy RC.

Marion Hughes claimed her second win here on Heritage HHS Fortuna in the Horse and Hound 4* 1.35m by 0.64 sec.

“She's very fast and the ground is super,” she said.

Jay Halim took second on Abrisco with Yazmin Pinchen on the Con Air mare Con Chilli in third. Keith Shore took fourth on Zegreanne Z.

And Jay went one better in theIFX International Foreign Exchange knockout, taking victory with an extremely fast round to beat Jack Whitaker into second.

Jay, who rode with Besberry, the showjumping equivalent of the Willberry teddy horse, on his arm, generously donated half his prize money – and the gesture was matched by show president Nina Barbour – to the Willberry Wonder Pony charity. The charity is raising funds for research and treatment of bone cancers and was set up by teenage eventer Hannah Francis, who is battling a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer.

Theo Simpson topped the Ashford Farm 2* grand prix on Touch of Chilli. Only two double clear were realised, with Theo guiding the Out of Touch 12-year-old into a 2.45 sec win.

Theo has ridden Touch of Chilli for two years.

“I got him two months before I finished my A levels and he has been going amazingly these last few months, we’ve really gelled. He’s fast, agile and has the biggest heart you could ever have in a horse,” he said.

Anna Wilks and the 12-year-old Undicci took second with British-based Irishman Dave Quigley third on ES Isaura, their only mistake being one time fault in round one.

Matt Sampson and Cecilia posted four faults in round one, but bounced up the order for fourth with the fastest clear in the jump-off, almost five sec quicker than the winner. Four in the jump-off put Emma Stoker and Townhead Tallulah V in fifth.

Brits filled the top four places in the Gain Horse Feeds 2* 1.30m. Emily Ward on the Cornet Obolensky/Pilot 12-year-old Doobally outpaced yesterday’s winner Sophie Fawcett’s 5-year-old mare Quite Cadiz by almost two sec.

David McPherson brought the Balou Du Rouet seven-year-old Sirocco into third with Chloe Breen in fourth on Zidane VIII.

Mischa Irving headed the Alexanders Horseboxes amateur accumulator on Casaretta, an eight-year-old produced for the past four years, with two sec in hand. Julie Slade – already a double winner here this week – took second on Billy Gogo. Saudi Arabia’s Sheikh Samir Mirdad took third on Mirdads Maaa Shaaa Allah with Brian Thompson fourth on Aredis De La Rose and Dee Hankey fifth on Valverde DH Z.

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