Michel Hendrix takes the biggest win of his career at Bolesworth

Michel Hendrix posted the biggest win of his career at Bolesworth 4*, securing the Equerry Horse Feeds grand prix by more than three sec with the 10-year-old Baileys.

Thirteen from 49 starters accessed the jump-off, including the sole British clear – defending titleholder Yazmin Pinchen – but no-one came close to the on-form Dutchman’s time.

“The course was tough and it was big enough but Baileys has been consistent here this week,” said Michel, who has ridden the Indoctro gelding for 18 months. “I’ve built him up from 1.30m classes, he’s an unbelievable fighter in the ring, very careful and scopey.”

Michel Hendrix celebrates the biggest win in his career

Columbia’s Roberto Teran Tafur took second on Brilliant du Rouet with a delighted Cheshire-based Irishman Paul Kennedy in third on his home-bred 10-year-old Cartown Danger Mouse.

Four double clears were produced with 2015 winner Yazmin taking fourth on Ashkari. Brits were out of luck here, the next best was Nick Skelton and Big Star, in 18th on four at the penultimate fence in round one.

Yorkshire-based Irishman Richard Howley claimed the 2* Your Horse 1.40m with the Clarimo nine-year-old Calmond, a former ride of Laura Robinson. Matt Sampson was 0.58 sec behind the pace for second on Cristobal 21, until recently ridden by Carron Nicol and John Whitaker.

Emma Stoker took third on Bob Young’s Cartoon 11-year-old Townhead Campus with Heather Larson fourth aboard Townhead Imagine De Muze.

Gudrun Pateet triumphed in the 4* Mumm Champagne speed and handiness lon Sea Coast B52 F Z, beating fellow Belgian Francois Mathy Jnr with Casanova de L’Herse. Two British-based ladies took third and fourth, the USA’s Laura Kraut and Andretti S finishing ahead of Sweden’s Angelie von Essen on Cream Sheridan. Louise Saywell was best Brit in fifth on Mr Darcy.

Sarah Billington landed the Andrews Bowen amateur grand prix on the eight-year-old Uforia JX, winning by 0.16 sec.

“I didn’t think I’d done enough, there were fast ones behind me,” sad Sarah, who has had the Ustinov/Darco mare, bred by the late Jane Maxwell, since a two-year-old.

Kerstin Deakin took second on her Corlando 17-year-old Sunsolde with Ashlee Harrison in third on Toupie Du Quesnoy.

Sophie Hillier topped the Childeric Saddles five-year-old final on the Quality Time daughter Stoney Raikes Gindy with 2.67 sec in hand. Sam Wall took second on Lisa Hales’ home-bred Arkos Boy/Cartano mare SFS Harriet. Brother Carmen and Will Edwards took third and fourth with the ZAmbesi sired home-breds Twinning Hill and Tinkas Brook.

Ireland’s Michael Pender joined forces with Red Morgan to take the Jolly Good Vehicle Leasing mini major by just 0.15 sec.

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