Paul Barker lands a double at Aintree Premier on day one
Paul Barker posted a great double on the first day of Aintree’s Premier Show, heading the 1.40m and 1.30m classes.
Top ride Happy Boy, a Kannan nine-year-old, claimed the 1.40m for Paul, galloping ahead to take the £600 first prize. Matthew Sampson pushed hard but had to settle for second on the Vingino eight-year-old mare D Amore Date with Chelsea Skelton in third on Millfield Baloney. Julie Andrews took fourth on Wilando B and sixth on Ayrton with Tracey Newman in fifth aboard Challenge.
Paul and the speedy Irish 11-year-old Lux Fabulous grabbed the £300 first prize in the 1.30m, beating Pippa Allen into second on the 11-year-old TGF Rubin. Straight from her HOYS success in the Silver League final, Rachel Walker and Bo Gi claimed third, with Faye Adams on Zozo in fourth, Daniel Carroll fifth aboard Pen Carder Gatsby and Amanda Forster’s Chagall sixth in the 64-strong class.
Max Routledge and the Cardino 14-year-old Carus Royale headed a fast 1.35m, relegating James Smith on new ride, the 11-year-old Bolton Gate Ben. Chelsea Skelton pushed Caramba into third ahead of Miles O’Donnell on Borsato in fourth with Paul on Happy Boy in fifth and George Whitaker sixth aboard Darius X.
Jamie Wingrove posted victory in the Foxhunter aboard the Wells family’s consistent Cicero Z Van Paemel/Heartbreaker six-year-old Heartstring. Chelsea Skelton took second on the 12-year-old Company Business with Dee Hankey and Val Verde DH Z in third. Lisa Jones aboard Diana P took fourth ahead of Chris Smith and Elmo Hill in fifth and Dean Wilson’s Delius F in sixth.
Rachael Connor galloped into the 1.20m top spot with the Oklund 13-year-old Lottie, finishing ahead of Joe O’Brien, in second on Castle View City View. Faye Adams and Ebriolita took third with Lisa Jones in fourth on Alanya, Jamie Wingrove in fifth on Grupello Z and Angelie von Essen sixth on Evita.
Jonathan Dixon headed the newcomers aboard the six-year-old Karlo Van QC, pushing Angelie von Essen into second with One Reflex. Millie Allen took third with Fashion Statement and Dean Wilson claimed fourth on Contiki. Reece Oliver eased Coalition II into fifth, just ahead of Charlene Baston and Renjum J’Adore. Nine jumped double clear.
Emerson Sender topped the 1.10m with Contendro, beating Joe O’Brien into second on Legaland Lux Breaker. Heather Denhom took third on Bowes Warrington with Chelsea Skelton in fourth aboard Cheleko GB Z and Faye claimed fifth on Ebriolita.
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