Chloe Winchester wins her on her puissance debut

Chloe Winchester made her puissance debut a winning one at Bolesworth 4* International, jumping the big red wall at an imposing 7ft 3in on Shannondale Linnet.

“I’m glad nobody told me that before I jumped it,” she commented afterwards.

Jumping last and accompanied by the entertaining commentary of Geoff Billington, Chloe equalled young rishman Michael Pender’s clear on Acorad 3 in the final round to share the spoils.

The nine-year-old Linnet, an Irish mare by Cascaletto St Ghyvan Z, has been with Chloe since September gaining experience jumping at natonal 1.40m level.

“She’s very scopey and we thought the puissance might suit her, and she absolutely loved it, she got better with each round,” said Chloe.

Michael, 16, and a former European pony team silver medallist who is now based with Marion Hughes, was the only other to jump clear in the final round.

Last year’s winners, David Simpson and Gotti Van Paemel, were the only other pairing to reach the final round, but four faults put them third.

The Irish were out in force on day three, winning the lion’s share of the prizes.

Darragh Kenny was almost two sec to the good in the big class of the day, the Cazenove Capital Management world ranking 1.55m on Go Easy De Muze, a 10-year-old bred in the purple with the bloodlines of Vigo d’Arsouilles and For Pleasure.

“I’ve only had the horse for three weeks and this was only our second class over 1.45m and he felt amazing. I think he’s going to be a cool horse for the future, he was Dutch champion this year with his prevous rider [Frank Schuttert] and won the Eindhoven grand prix,” said Darragh, who found the jump-off track testing.

“There were only four double clears over big open distances and big verticals, but that suited my horse. I have really big hopes for him. Hopefully we will go to Rotterdam next week and jump on the Irish Nations Cup team in Falsterbo.”

Twenty-two jumped first round clears from a star-studded field of 57, with Joe Whitaker and the home-bred 11-year-old Locarno daughter Lola V taking second. Brazil’s Felipe Amaral finished third on Premiere Carthoes BZ ahead of fourth-placed Victoria Gulliksen on Viego Les Hauts.

Harriet Nuttall was fifth on A Touch Imperious with fellow Brit Jess Mendoza seventh on Sam De Bacon and Ben Maher on Diva in eighth, the latter two posting a fast four faults.

Dermott Lennon scored a great victory for Ireland in the 4* world ranking 1.45m speed on the speedy Limmerick mare Loughview Lou-Lou. The pair snatched the win with almost a sec in hand from Itay’s Lorenzo de Luca on Halifax Van Het Kluizebos.

“Lou-Lou is very versatile, careful and loves to jump, she’s a horse for all seasons,” said Dermott.

William Funnell was best Brit in third on Billy Angelo with Jess Mendoza on Wan Architect fourth and Tim Gredley on Unex Handyman in fifth. Ireland’s Anthony Condon eased Balzac into sixth.

David Simpson heralded another Irish win in the Gaskells Waste Management 2* accumulator on the Stalypso 10-year-old Starfighter, winning by 0.80 sec. It was all about time as 20 riders posted maximum scores. Mark Armstrong, a winner on Thursday with Balougio III, took second with young rider Robert Murphy in third on a relatively new ride, the 10-year-old mare Vogue. Peter Charles was fourth with Dauphin.

Sophie Fawcett topped the AC Jackson 2* 1.30m in fine style on Quite Cadiz, a 15-year-old mare with Quite Easy/Calypso II bloodlines. She hung on to her lead despite the late Irish challenge from Aisling Byrne on Wellview Classic Dream, winning by 1.46 sec.

Paul Barker took third on U2 II with Alison Barton and Billy Anna in fourth.

Winners on Thursday, Czech Republic’s Emma Augier de Moussac and Brighton Bay were again in the top spot, posting an unbeatable time to claim the Opus Interiors young horse six and seven-year-old for the second day running.

Nicole Pavitt and her home-bred Gemmarco 16, an Unbelievable Darco seven-year-old stallion, was slightly in arrears, just 0.14 sec, to take second. Jake Saywell and the six-year-old Darco Native, another Unbelievable Darco stallion son previously ridden by Laura Robinson, took third.

Julie Slade retained her winning form, repeating her Gatehouse 1.15m win 24 hours later on the Billy Congo eight-year-old Billy Gogo. “He’s only 15hh and very adaptable. He’s easy to ride, lovely on the flat and quite cheeky, but also great fun,” she said.In a remarkable coincidence, Thursday’s top three filled Friday’s top places. Bruno Guyens De Heusch (Corella F) in second with Camilla Bingham (Wembley) third.

Kerstin Deakin on seasoned campaigner Sunsolde, a Corlando 17-year-old, claimed victory in the Horse Scout amateur 1.25m speed with almost a sec to spare over Emily Elliott on Della H.

“I was drawn early, it was a long wait,” said Kerstin, full of praise for Sunsolde. “She’s a terrific jumper, good indoors and out.”

Bryony Holloway took third on Cethegus M with Kelly Roberts in fourth on Kilcurry Lady.

Holly Gillott dominated the British Showjumping grade C final, taking to top two places on Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill and Carolus K.

Ten of the 17 starters produced first round clears, with Holly taking over the lead from Douglas Duffin’s opener on Djoel with first ride Carolus K. She remained in front until entering the ring on Sarco Luxhill and beat her own time by half a sec.

Holly considers the six-year-old Sarco Luxhill is another ‘Dougie’ – her former top ride Dougie Douglas – in the making. And he’s certainly showing early promise, winning Chepstow and Allington 2* six-year-old finals and qualifying for the HOYS Foxhunter.

“He’s very easy – big, rangy and with attitude, but easy to ride and super-careful,” said Holly on the Irish-bred gelding with Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan/Olympic Luc bloodlines bought as a loose-jumping three-year-old.

Holly slotted Jane Heerbeck’s Indoctro nine-year-old Carolus – here jumping the 4* International classes – into second.

Douglas took third with the Hamlet/Landeur eight-year-old Djoel, also here in the International classes, and Sophie Fawcett took fourth on her HOYS Foxhunter and talenseekers finalist Winning Good, a seven-year-old by Winning Mood.

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