Robert Murphy and Rainbows Mocha are crowned the new Charles Stanley JA classic champions
Reigning HOYS pony showjumper of the year champions Robert Murphy and Rainbows Mocha claimed another prestigious title at the Charles Stanley British Masters, taking the Charles Stanley winter JA classic in fine style.
Six of the 18 finalists produced first round clears over course-designer Mark McGowan’s fair track, with some faults attributed to nerves, although Jodie Hall-McAteer must be considered unlucky to hit the final fence on last year’s winner, Tixylix.
Jodie opened the jump-off on second ride The Little Squire, and as first to go had to try and set a quick standard. They produced the fastest time of the class, but at the expense of a rail on the floor.
Third in Robert, with a super-cool head and smooth turns, provided the first clear on the 10-year-old Rainbows Mocha. Last-drawn Emma Crawford was the only other to jump a further clear on Stars Surprise, but was 0.80 sec behind the pace for second.
Robert had a plan.
“To jump as fast as I could leaving all the fences up. I took out a stride from one to two and kept comng on an even stride to the last,” he said.
Robert, 15, took over the ride on Hans Christian Jacobsen’s 10-year-old Mocha in November 2014 after previous rider Faye Adams headed the HOYS pony Foxhunter final that year. They will defend their HOYS title after qualifying at Weston Lawns and picked up recent consistent results in Bonheiden and Opglabbeek.
“She’s very brave but can be cocky, I have to boss her, but she’s amazing, I’d like to thank Hans Christian so much for the opportunity of riding her,” said Robert.
Allana Clutterbuck and Sultan Du Bary took fourth behind Jodie, with Georgia Blakemore in fifth on Toy Story II and sixth awarded to Jack Whitaker on Elando Van De Roshoeve.
1 Robert Murphy & Rainbows Mocha – 0/0 42.18
2 Emma Crawford & Stars Surprise – 0/0 42.98
3 Jodie Hall-McAteer & The Little Squire – 0/4 41.56
4 Allana Clutterbuck & Sultan Du Bary – 0/4 42.53
5 Georgia Blakemore & Toy Story III – 0/4 48.27
6 Jack Whitaker & Elando Van De Roshoeve – 0/8 49.38
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