Laura Renwick takes the Cock o' the North crown


Laura Renwick landed the Great Yorkshire Show’s jewel in the crown, the Cock o’ the North title. She rode a coolly calculated but nevertheless ruthlessly quick round on Heliodor Hybris to net the handsome £8,000 first prize.

Run over three rounds in the main arena in front of an enthusiastic, capacity crowd with the traditional fences, such as the feature double of walls, the first round drew 15 clears. But these were soon whittled down to six in the shortened but raised second round track for a sizzling jump-off.

Alfie Bradstock’s opener with KBIS Caicos finished on eight, but Chloe Winchester set the Touchdown 13-year-old Avoca Valkyrie alight in the second raw. They produced a thrilling clear – the mare jumping the final imposing ‘Great Yorkshire’ planks with a flick of the heels – for the appreciative crowd. The big-jumping Avoca – Chloe’s top horse and Hickstead’s 2015 Queen’s Cup winner – missed the first half of the year due to injury, but the three clear rounds here over a big track proved she is back to her best.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as Laura guided the Diamant De Semilly nine-year-old Hybris, winner of Windsor’s Falcon Stakes, into 0.89 sec victory.

“He ticks all the boxes and has jumped a few bg classes, I think he’ll make a grand prix horse,” said Laura, who bought Hybris as a three-year-old.

Robert Smith brought his Dublin Nations Cup ride Bavi – winner of day one’s William Hanson Stakes – into third.

Robert Bevis set off at great guns to challenge the leader in the advantageous final draw, but Courtney uncharacteristically objected the double of walls in the jump-off. Their hopes of gaining the title faded fast and they finished fourth.

Annabel Shields brought Wet Wet Wet into fifth with Alfie and KBIS Caicos in sixth.

Kerry Brennan topped the International Stairway with the ever-eager, ebullient Wellington M, outpacing all her rivals with typically speedy style in the big main arena.

Chelsea Skelton was hot on her heels for second on Judith Witham’s consistent Balou Du Rouet 10-year-old Millfield Baloney, with third going to Joe Clayton aboard the nine-year-old Conman JX.

Yorkshireman Paul Barker on Happy Boy partnered Iwan Carpenter with Brookhall Glimpse to top the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream mini major whip round in an exciting and entertaining relay where adults partnered 128cm pony riders.

Morgan Kent and Furioso partnered Isabella Snowdon on Penchwintan Glynle to take second with Julie Andrews on Wilando B and Alena Hughes riding Muskerry Crusader in third.

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