Another day, another win for Joe Whitaker at Arena UK
Joe Whitaker did it again! The ultra on-form Yorkshireman already had two championship wins under his belt with the Lovarno with the topscore and 1.25m titles, and claimed the Trevor Burrows memorial 1.30m.
With 26 in the jump-off, winning was never going to be easy, but Joe set this mare alight at the start and maintained a relentless gallop while executing flying turns.
Matt Sampson challenged on Perfect Rouge, but was adrift by 0.85 sec for second. Chloe Winchester took third on Zandokan H with Keith Shore in fourth aboard Coriander Vant Vennehof, early leader Lance Whitehouse claimed fifth on C Est Seppel and Louise Whitaker took sixth on Leen OL.
Harrison Hattea, 16, claimed the young rider title with a quick and effective round on Darko Supreme, a Mr Darcy/Carnaval Drum 11-year-old.
A total of 15 contended the jump-off, with Harrison securing victory by almost one and a half sec. Jack Whitaker took second and fourth on Stakkato De Fee and Cherryfras De Rialfo Z with Jake Saywell sandwiching Endvot in third. Harry Wainwright took fifth on Pinheiro Beech and sixth went to Charlene Bastone with Baron SW.
Steph Gunn claimed the midway grand prix with a mare only broken 12 months ago – Derek Newall’s Larino eight-year-old Lady Larino.
“She’s very sweet and does everything we ask of her,” said Steph.
Matt Sampson challenged with a final round flyer aboard Firefly, but was just 0.05 sec off the pace for second spot. Harry Whall and Cynthia H took third with Louise Saywell on Colorado X in fourth, Philippa Wratten fifth on Ginelli Z and Tom Whitaker in sixth on Creevagh Tompico in the 15-strong jump-off.
Lucy Guild headed the Graduate grand prix with a smooth but quick round on Stephen Lohoar’s home-bred Gucci LSH, a five-year-old mare with Je T’Aime Flamenco/Nimmerdor bloodlines.
“We breed four each year. I broke her and then Lucy took over, she’s a proper ladies’ horse,” said Stephen.
Rosie Gunn was 0.57 sec in arrears for second on Jagerbomb with Chloe Howard third aboard H-Blokx, Laura Sanderson claimed fourth on Lisaniska Lad, Stevie Crosby netted fifth on Lottos Pleasure and Dawn Foster was sixth on Elcary VD Elsakker.
Dawn and Elcary went on to take the apprentice grand prix in a 13-horse decider, winning by more than two sec.
Amy Hardcastle and AJ The First claimed second with Ryan Page third on Ballyherin Star Cruise, Reece Oliver fourth aboard Libra Douglas, Lauren Poole in fifth with Argento’s Silver Twist and Annabel Shields on The Cartender sixth.
Trainee jockey Harrison Shaw doubled up on T B Nora R to take the Jade Wilson Ayres memorial 1.10m and 1.05m grand prix titles.
“We only do six shows a year now, but she comes out and does her job,” said Harrison, who stables the 10-year-old with Paul Barker's family – “They keep her in shape.”
Alex Bishop took second on Banderas P in the 1.10m with Melissa Garry's Hotesse third, Caroline Barnes fourth on Clooongoona Captains Light, Harry Bateman on Caminando fifth and Louise Foster sixth aboard Udiro I.
In the 1.05m, Laura Frisby took second on Zula Maeva with Faye Powell on AS Exploit Van Groenhoeve third, Lloyd Royle on Serenity II fourth, Samantha McNicholas aboard Starlux took fifth and Mark Poskitt was sixth with Kilmanahan Diamond.
William Bayes Jones netted the 1.15m title on Panacee in an eight-horse jump-off. Their final round flyer secured the £500 first prize by just 0.09 sec from Sophie Holliday’s penultmate effort on Westerhofs Limit. Rachael Connor claimed third with Lottie III, Polly Gredley took fourth aboard Unex Clintan MB, Isobelle Bradley rode Athene IV into fifth and Lucy Wood picked up sixth on Duc De Lyon.
Charlotte Goodwin headed the very fast 95cm grand prix at the gallop on Regal Clover, an 18-year-old bought as a schoolmistress two years ago.
“We clicked straightaway and she’s very quick,” said Charlotte, 16, who has lessons with Jo Bowen.
Sophie Corney’s opening round on Stanhopes Good Friday took second just 0.17 sec behind, with Gemma Dickens and Oakleys Ace in third. Chloe Hill on Nantcoed Royal Saluut took fourth with Leigh Walker aboard Ciccia’s Olivia fifth and Dawn Foster on Ukelele II in sixth.
Annabel Shields claimed another five-year-old title on the ultra-consistent Gerona. This scopey Bacardi VDL daughter was crowned Welsh Maaters and Scope Festival champion and took the grand prix here by more than two sec.
“Nothing fazes her, the more I ask, the better she is,” said Annabel.
Jessica Crosby took second on Harvey in the 17-horse jump-off with Michael Fursedonn third and fifth on Baywood Chello and Nirvana Vant Vossenhof Z, Amy Ryan sandwicked Lobke VD Noordheuvel into fourth and Catrina Beney took sixth with Davinci P.
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