Robert Bevis makes a winning return to Royal Berkshire
Robert Bevis made a winning return to Royal Berkshire, heading the International Stairway for the second consecutive year with top ride Courtney Z.
The consistent Chellano Z 15-year-old has enjoyed a good year and jumped a fantastic double clear in the Dublin Nations Cup jsut a few weeks earlier, and he displayed his talent here to top the feature class of this two day show for Robert.
The on-form Holly Smith was hot on their heels for second with the Beach Ball eight-year-old Lammy Beach, and Tracy Priest eased the Silverstone/Quick Star nine-year-old Caristo VDL into third. Helen Tredwell claimed fourth on Ann and Colin Garrett’s Sebastian VII with Sammie Coffin taking fifth and sixth on Willem De Lux and Bellamy.
Phillip Miller was on-form and claimed first and third in the Rivar area trial. Caritiar Z, the Chellano Z 16-year-old owned by Di and Pennie Cornsh and Nigel Eccles and recent winner of Hickstead’s All England grand prix, came to the fore for Phillip, outpacing all to claim victory. The Zidane/Silverstone eight-year-old Darona filled the third spot with Sammie Coffin sandwiching Liz Robson’s Cardento 10-year-old mare Bellamy into second.
Tim Page took a double of 1.20m wins with Elvera, an Amadeus/Tygo seven-year-old, pushing Holly Smith’s seven-year-old mare Elore into second on day one with Paul Crago taking third on Ultimate Risk. Johnathan Bowman claimed second on day two aboard Marcel Des Rosiers with Jordan Barnes in third on Zamino.
Olivia Gent and the Verdi seven-year-old Elton LV topped the accumulator, relegating Eleri Guy and the Concorde 12-year-old Zig Zag into second. Olli Fletcher on the eight-year-old Quasimodo VD Molendreef/Voltaire mare Dahar took third just ahead of fourth-placed Ben Bick on Colour Blue.
Alex Gill topped day one’s B and C on the Chacco Blue seven-year-old Billy Holly Blue, relegating Mark Edwards into second on the six-year-old Montreuxs Tale. And Alex also claimed Sunday’s Foxhunter on the Billy Mexico/Billy Congo seven-year-old Billy Salsa. Helen Tredwell was second with the Vleut six-year-old Calcourt Fergus, finishing ahead of Olivia Gent, in third on Centus/Darco six-year-old Centurion V. Alex was also fourth on Billy Amber – by Billy Congo and out of William Funnell’s former top ride Amber Du Montois.
Tim Davies claimed a hat-trick. He headed day two’s B and C on the Mermus R/Cruising six-year-old Tullylost Meryl. Holly Smith claimed second on Elore with Mark Edwards third on Greenvale Cara and Robert Bevis fourth aboard Etude.
Tim also topped Sunday’s newcomers on the five-year-old Lionel Van De Markieslanden with Roger McCrea on Oakingham Stud’s six-year-old Cornet Obolensky/Cardento stallion Flugel M second and Emma Slater on Ruxton Hullabaloo third.
Tim’s third win came in a 1.30m class, the Numero Uno eight-year-old Deezie Katine Weering taking victory over Tim Page on Steady The Helm. Olli Fletcher was third aboard the nine-year-old Temple Rebus and Tracy Priest took fourth on Ninja Sue.
Caroline Smallman and the 21-year-old Shandy outpaced all to take the Dodson & Horrell 95cm amateur closely followed by Jassy Pyke on Chaplain for second. Ellie-Louise Francis took third on the Irish 12-year-old Gatestown Diva with Katharine Davis on the eight-year-old Handsome Ben in fourth – also winner of the British novice.
Oakingham Stud horses took the top three in the 1.25m speed class – Shane O’Reilly claimed the class on the six-year-old Connor VIII, Philip Carey and Flowergraven took second with Mackenzie Ray in third on Audrey.
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