Nigel Coupe is Hickstead bound after winning at Northcote Stud

Nigel Coupe posted the sole double clear to claim victory in the the first of the 2016/2017 Hickstead winter B and C qualifier on day two at Northcote Stud’s Development Classic with Dragon. Nigel is on-form. Just a week earlier he pocketed £20,000 for winning the richest national grand prix at Arena UK with Golvers Hill. Now he is Hickstead-bound on the Canturo/Contender eight-year-old Dragon he has produced from his British novice days four years ago.

Pippa Allen joins him in the final at the Sussex venue after taking second with the Calvino Z seven-year-old Carthagon G Z in the five-horse decider despite returning eight faults.

Lucy Turner just missed out in third on Anita II with Darcie Cassell fourth aboard Capital Darby and Morgan Kent fifth despite a crashing fall from Dolores V.

Annabel Shields topped the Hickstead winter novice on the impressive, highly-rated five-year-old Gerona, a daughter of Bacardi VDL. The super-consistent mare has taken the Chepstow, Scope and Arena UK five-year-old titles this year, and they were unbeatable again here, taking the win to qualify for Hickstead by 0.16 sec.

Rebecca Marsh slotted the nine-year-old Temple Croesus daughter Predator Ridge into the second qualifying place.

Amy Ryan was two sec away in third on the Quality Time/Cicero five-year-old Lobke VD Noordheuvel with Michaela Bowling in fourth and fifth with Party Popper III and Portphilip CE.

There is just no stopping Joe Whitaker, the Yorkshire lad is on fire! He continued on his fabulous winning streak – two Mercedes cars, two 2* grand prix wins and a treble at Arena UK to name just a few – by topping the 1.30m on the Landgold 13-year-old Lareeco. The German gelding returned to competition in June after being sidelined for 12 months and won here by more than a sec.

Suzanne Posnett took second on the 12-year-old Zinniz Roundthorn with Jonathan Dixon and Camona in third. Pippa Allen claimed fourth with TGF Rubin, Sammie Borthwick eased Elite K into fifth and Suzanne took sixth on second ride Wolina Roundthorn.

Richard Howley doubled up with Foxhunter/grade C and newcomer wins. He claimed the Foxhunter/grade C by more than half a sec on the seven-year-old Victoria D Hauteville, pushing Suzanne into second on the eight-year-old Carrickview Gin And Tonic. Tom Whitaker was third with Ebolena W and Samantha Jimmison took fourth with her HOYS newcomer finalist Ebolensky. Amy Ryan was fifth on Millfield Ester and Holly Miller eased Felicio III into sixth.

The five-year-old Heather M marked Richard’s second victory, taking the newcomers by seven sec. Simon Buckley took second on the 10-year-old mare Memento Vivere with Jodie Crawford in third on Moonlight Van De Kortweg, a Zirocco Blue VDL/Triomphe De Muze four-year-old. Josh Fearnley took fourth on the sx-year-old Flin Tocco Blue with Liz Jackson in fifth and sixth on High Cross Violet and Lumbbrook Lothario.

Richard also took second in the 1.05m on the eight-year-old mare Premier Lux Like Murphy, beaten by 3.59 sec to the winner’s spot by Shannon Barrett with the Lupicor/Jasper nine-year-old Cranka. Caroline Charters was third in the 1.05m on Premier Diamond with Tom Dovkants fourth aboard Wow Factor.

Shannon and Cranka also topped the 1m open, with Jessica Balmer and Westwind Salamanca in second.

Chris Moorhouse headed the 1.15m members cup on Kilmanahan Diamond, beating Richard into second on Woodcroft Conrad.

Charlotte Geddes landed the 1.10m on the 13-year-old Killinney, winning by 1.25 sec over Sophie Hillier on Foxgrove Halina Lou. Suzanne Posnett took third on the 24-year-old Karmijn with Tracy Holder fourth aboard Valleur VH Lindehof, Heath Denholm fifth on Bowes Warrington Walter and Holly Miller sixth on Bright Eyes T.

Danielle Smith topped the discovery on the Ontario seven-year-old mare Bellagio III with Louise Clibburn and the Farenfroh five-year-old Pure Pleasure II in second. Chris Smith claimed third on the six-year-old Numero Uno stallion Footloose LG with Emily Cottam on the six-year-old Oldlands Livaldi fourth. Liz Jackson on the five-year-old Highcross Violet took fifth with Samantha Cowell in sixth on the Couleur Rubin nine-year-old Paige II and Simon Buckley seventh on the four-year-old stallion Gubeon Junior Kannan.

Louise and Pure Pleasure also netted second in the British novice. Chris Smith took the win on the Sunny Boy seven-year-old Ela Bonita, winning by 0.62 sec. James Berry finished third on the six-year-old mare Fantasiarande with Chris also in fourth on the Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Concorde four-year-old Hijacker and Catrina Young fifth aboard T B Natalie.

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