Paul Barker continues on his successful run at Aintree premier
A double winner on day one, Paul Barker continued on his successful run on day two at Aintree premier, taking the 1.40m in fine style to pick up £750 on the Kannan/Kimball nine-year-old Happy Boy – also winner of Thursday’s 1.40m. Paul also slotted Sandors Legacy into fifth.
Matt Sampson challenged but couldn’t quite catch the consistent pair, and settled for second on new ride Belucci, a Pacific/Indoctro 10-year-old previously ridden by Liz Forrester. Pippa Allen took third with Hope Springs and Julie Andrews eased Ayrton into fourth and also took sixth on Wilando B. Chelsea Skelton claimed seventh on Caramba.
But Matt secured his own victory, taking the top spot in the winter grade C qualifier on the Vingino/Quidam De Revel eight-year-old mare D Amore Date, ensuring an appearance in the final at the new London International Spring Show in April next year.
Claire Shepherd-Bramham claimed second with Vleut/Oklund seven-year-old Elvis II in the hotly contended class, with Chris Smith on Cargot Z, a seven-year-old Carthago Z/Quidam De Revel stallion, taking third. Tom Whitaker was fourth on Ebelina with Sarah Lundy fifth aboard Diablo V and Faye Adams sixth on Ebriolita in the 82-strong class.
Jonathan Dixon headed the 1.30m on the Vleut/Animo nine-year-old mare Camona in a fast, red-hot class, beating the speedy pairing of Keith Shore and the 18-year-old Zegreanne Z into second. Nick Benterman and Elvis VI took third with Jamie Wingrove on new ride Bart VI in fourth. James Shore was fifth on Coriander Van’t Vennehof and Gemma Ellison slotted Rambler VDL into sixth.
In the 1.20m, two shared on equal time, Chloe Winchester galloping into the number one spot on the Oklund 12-year-old Zandokan H to share first prize with George Whitaker and the L’Esprit/Voltaire nine-year-old Campari V. Laura Pritchard and Lord Castell took third with Alana Stonehouse and Gin in fourth.
Alana and the 13-year-old Gin topped the 1.10m, relegating Georgie Hilton into second on Uhulus Russet. Alex Bishop took third on Banderas-P ahead of Polly Gredley and Unex Barrichello.
Tom Whitaker headed the Foxhunter with the six-year-old mare Creevagh Tompico from Dee Hankey aboard the nine-year-old Valverde DH Z. Amanda Millin eased Renaissance IV into third with Tom Roche on Jade Van’t Prinsenveld in fourth and Jake Elliott fifth on Django Blue.
Fiona Malcolm on the Cult Hero eight-year-old mare The Best of Three headed the newcomers from second-placed Frankie Loveman on Diana II.
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