Pippa Allen hits the top at Aintree


Pippa Allen topped the first in the 2016/17 world class development under 23 series for Olympia qualification on Hope Springs at Aintree on day three of the premier show. Pippa had loaned the Belgian-bred gelding to Joe Whitaker for the week of HOYS International classes, and the Nagano 11-year-old returned in winning form.

Nicole Holmen took second with Cochella and Graham Gillespie eased his home-bred Calvaro Z/Heartbreaker nine-year-old mare Celine into third. Miles O’Donnell took fourth on Borsato with Amy Inglis fifth on Everyway, James Shore in sixth on Coriander Van’t Vennehof and Bryony Ward seventh aboard Mill Hollow Clouding.

Jamie Wingrove landed the top spot in the Hickstead winter B and C qualifier with the Grandeur eight-year-old Grupello Z to secure Royal International Horse Show qualification. He is joined by Joe Clayton, who clamed the second qualifying place on the eight-year-old Cally V.

Joe also took third with Cayo Z, just missing out on a second ticket. Claire Shepherd-Bramham jumped into fourth with El Diablo Grande and Nicola Dolan took fifth on Hermione VI. Darcie Cassel and El Divo took sixth in the 44-strong class.

The super-consistent Paul Barker remained in winning form, taking the 1.30m mini grand prix on the Lux 11-year-old Lux Fabulous to mark his fourth win at this premier show. Sally Hopkinson took second on Cartouche II with Robert Murphy on Kensington in third. Lea Brash claimed fourth on Bon Ami II with Rachel Walker and Bo Gi fifth and Reece Oliver sixth on Urlanmore Aldi.

Beth Austin topped the 1.20m on the Sheraton/Goodtimes 12-year-old Zeester, beating Faye Adams into second on Ebriolita. Amy Duncan and Adagio claimed third with Annabelle Brown on Sun View Star in fourth. Julie Andrews took fifth with The Drawness and Dee Anderson’s Queen Bee JX finished in sixth place.

Abbie Bevan won the Foxhunter on the Indorado six-year-old Fabiola Fairy V, relegating Nick Benterman on Toulouse Volo into second. James Smith eased Just Max into third with Holly Davies on Chester XVII in fourth place, Sebastian Kapel took fifth on Bigwin Landento and sixth went to Julie Andrews on new ride Billy Cointreau.

Chelsea Skelton headed the 1.20m on the Chellano Z/Mermus R 14-year-0ld Cheleko GB Z with Friday’s winner Alana Stonehouse’s Gin in second. Emerson Sender on Contendro took third with Lauren Roseberry in fourth on Dark Dutchess, Stevie Crosby fifth aboard Carabas Girl and Shelley Harrison sixth on Findus Van De Buxctale.

Jessica McNally won the newcomers on Albertus H, beating Mille Allen on G Star Blue into second. Abi Walters took third on Miretta Mena ahead of fourth-placed Brian Thompson on Aredis De La Rose.

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