Cool-headed Billy Twomey secured Solihull Riding Club’s concluding grand prix with a smooth but quick final round on Ardcolum Duke.
Seven contended the jump-off from only 15 starters over Amanda Routledge’s 13-fence track with Billy having two chances, but first ride Thomas hit two rails. Clears were scarce and it wasn’t until fifth drawn Ben Dalton that a jump-off clear was evident, and he was foot-perfect on the 10-year-old home-bred Lauriston stallion.
“He only moved up to this level this year,” said Ben.
Billy was naturally quicker on the vastly more experienced Ardcolum Duke, but only stopped the clock with one and half sec in hand. It was a great warm-up for the 12-year-old Gypsy Duke/Clover Hill stallion, who contends the HOYS International classes for Billy next week.
Holly Smith was fastest four on Lammy Beach for third.
At her first show with Cadence Dreamer and riding for boss Billy Twomey, Beth Vernon topped the DDS Demolition 1.25m.
“She’s easy and turns like a pony,” said Beth on the seven-year-old mare.
Sara Arkell claimed second with John Jones’ Cordellio Z, just ahead of long-time leader Rose Moss aboard Weston.
Rose also took fourth on Calva with Rebecca Ravilious in fifth on Marina Z. Sixth was awarded to Ben and EFS Top Contender with Lorraine Allan taking the seventh Blue Chip qualifying place on Sandros Captain and Adrian Whiteway picking up eighth with Cojack.
Mennell Watson and Helen van Heyningen’s home-bred Whisper In The Wind – a HOYS talentseekers contender – topped the 1.40m with a quick, clean round. They won the five-strong decider by eight sec.
Emma Slater produced the only other double clear on Crack Van Overis Z for second with Abi Walters and her HOYS grade C finalist Master Milligan in third. Holly Smith eased Carolus K into fourth with Sophie Fawcett taking fifth aboard Winning Good – in the Foxhunter and talentseekers finals at HOYS.
Rebecca Ravilious repeated her Friday Foxhunter/grade C win 24 hours later with Billy Macbeth. Donald Whitaker was almost two sec in arrears for second on Just Call Me Millfield Aristocrat and Bryan Smith took third on Elamo Ustina.
Mark Edwards stood fourth on Montreauxs Tale, and fifth and sixth went to two imminent HOYS newcomer finalists – Kellie Taylor on Halltown Lucy and Ian Maye with Millfield Figaro.
Joe Trunkfield headed the newcomers with Leonidas Red Rivers Pride, beating Abi Walters into second on Lily X by almost a sec. Sam Oliver with Gluk took third, James Johnson netted fourth on Lapria Vant Lozerhof with Matthew Cooper in fifth on Toronto AZ and Zoe Smith sixth on Garcia Lente.
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