Shane Breen travelled just five miles down the road to take the Pyecombe grand prix incorporating the area trial to lift the £1,000 first prize on Tango D’Ecry, a selle Francais nine-year-old by Negus De Talma.
Lucy Bunn riding for Billy Stud jumped the only other double clear on the Billy Congo/Clover Hill eight-year-old Billy Buckingham to take second in the feature class of the busy and popular four day meeting.
Louise Pavitt finished third out of 23 starters on Fiona V/H Lemmenshof with Georgia Tame and Bolien fourth and Lola Wade aboard Rolo Tomasi in fifth.
Louise posted a one-two in the 67-strong 1.30m, winning on the Nonstop 11-year-old Fiona and taking second aboard Jaffar De Bouguignon, a Lord Z/Darco seven-year-old. Derek McCoppin and Zaire took third ahead of fourth-placed Robert Whitaker on Expresso III.
Michael Fursedonn took first and third in the initial 1.30m aboard the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Burggraaff nine-year-old Cannavaro and the Veron/Nimmerdor eight-year-old Darcode, sandwiching Sally Goding into second with the 12-year-old Fernhill Quality Street.
Tristan Gray topped another 1.30m on the Billy Congo 10-year-old Billy Boundary with Steven Franks second on another Billy Congo 10-year-old, Billy Ginger. Michael took third on Darcode with Christopher Franks fourth on Mega Times and Steven also fifth aboard Holly Congo.
Steven claimed the 1.35m on his earlier 1.20m winner, the nine-year-old Billy Congo daughter Holly Congo and took equal second on the Billy Congo 10-year-old Billy Comme Ca, sharing with Ben Walker and Da Vinci V, a Carthino/Indoctro eight-year-old stallion. Steven was also fifth aboard Abdul Aziz with Jake Saywell just ahead on Guidam Van Het Achterhoek.
Ben also featured in the 1.40m, taking second on the Moschino seven-year-old Roulette H. No-one could catch a flying Alex Hempleman, who secured the £300 first prize on Billy Dinero, a nine-year-old stallion with Cevin Z/Animo bloodlines. Roger McCrea took third on Sweet Cinnamon with David McPherson (Ceather) fourth and Derek (Zaire) in fifth.
The age classes were well filled and promising future stars were out displaying their talent. Ben headed the five-year-old grand prix on Brendon Stud’s Brainpower/Corland stallion Genius Contender to win £500. Georgia Tame took second with Ballandra with Michael Fursedonn taking third on the Nonstop/Caritano mare Nirvana Vant Vossenhof Z from Lauren Edwards in fourth on Expresso 99 and Alex Gill fifth aboard Billy Betsy.
Nicole Pavitt secured the Billy Stud six-year-old title with Paris 16, a home-bred mare by Don VHP Z and a winner in Vilamoura earlier in the year. Bruce Menzies took second on Old Lodge’s Sultanah OL with Charlene Bastone aboard Fyberlinus in third. Ben Walker was fourth on Aphrodite IV and Roger McCrea took fifth with Davinci VD Bosrand Z.
Harry Bateman took three of the first four places in the four-year-old grand prix, winning on Heerdelon. Michael Fursedonn sandwiched Huntelaar III into second with Harry third and fourth on Havanna and Zuniek VD Tojopehoeve.
Leesa Long claimed multi-wins throughout the meeting, winning three 1.20m classes and a 1.10m aboard Tammy’s Girl. LVS No Doubt scored a hattrick in the 1.10m classes, Chavon won a 1m and took second in another and the five-year-old Corrados Gozer B P headed a British novice. Leesa also took claimed second and third in another 1.20m with Saber and Tammy’s Girl.
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