Alfie Bradstock takes the area trial at Henley Agricultural Show
Alfie Bradstock claimed Henley’s area trial with a final round flyer aboard KBIS Caicos.
Seven of 27 accessed the jump-off over Phil Ashworth’s 12-fence track, which generously gave an easy time allowed due to the miserable, rainy weather conditions which made it slippy underfoot.
And clears came thick and fast in the jump-off, with only two of the seven faulting. Abbe Elliott provided the first in the opening round on Wilandri E, but was soon relegated by Paul Bevan and Deangelo.
This impressive eight-year-old by Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve has only just moved up to this level and was jumping his second area trial. And he angled the fences like a pro to take an almost two sec lead.
Bryony Ward pushed the forever-young 18-year-old Mill Hollow Clouding into a good clear, but could only come within 0.61 sec to slot in just behind, but Alfie had other ideas.
Drawn last due to the A9, order of merit rules, he took advantage of the final draw and Caicos’s generous, long stride to nip ahead by 0.70 sec and claim first prize.
A delighted Paul took second on Deangelo, Bryony claimed third with Abbe and Wilandri E fourth. Newly-married Lucy Townley (nee Bunn) claimed fifth on Billy Fanta with Alex Gill on Billy McCain sixth and Ben Bick aboard Zipiro in seventh.
John Crippen headed the hot and fast accumulator on Patricia Brown’s Loughnatousa Diego, angling fences – including the Joker – at the gallop.
“It was his day, he jumped well at Hickstead last week and would have won but the final fence,” said John.
Tim Page chased hard on Elvera to take second with James Fisher on Devonte in third. Angie Thompson slotted Diploma B into fourth with Alex Hempleman on Billy Dinero fifth and Olivia Gent aboard Elton LV sixth.
Abbe also headed the 1.30m on Casti Aneira with Alicia Page in second aboard Illusion.
Vere Phillipps claimed the top two in the Foxhunter/Grade C on the Zandeur/Puissance six-year-old Pandeur and the Ars Vivendi/Lux Z seven-year-old FSS Thumbelina. Shane O’Reilly took third on the six-year-old Connor VIII.
Vere and Thumbelina also took second in the 1.15m. Charlotte McCaugherty won on the Calvados 13-year-old Wonder Girl.
Shane took three of the top four places in the Newcomers, all on five-year-olds – winning with the Mozart Des Hayettes gelding Belga Du Thot, taking third on Bigstar Derick and fourth aboard the Diarado/Cassini II stallion Di Caprio. Angie Thompson claimed second on the Landos/Corrado seven-year-old Corrandos and Abbe Eliott took fifth aboard Javas KP, a Luidam/Clover Hill seven-year-old.
Angie topped the discovery on Zantalas with Taylor Swift in second on Blue Genie. Vere took third on Rockingham I with Leah Parry-Williamson fourth on Just Amy and Emilie Jackson fifth aboard Cirka BF Z.
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