Jamie Wingrove dominates at Area 22 Staffordshire's winter spectacular

An unbeatable Jamie Wingrove secured the top two places in the EC Straiton Veterinary Hospital’s 1.30m grand prix riding Bart and Grupello Z.

Course-designer David Cole set a strong 12-fence track, but the quality was high and 13 horses accessed the jump-off, the on-for Jamie taking three of the rides.

New ride Camilla made an early mistake for Jamie and Faye Adams took an early lead with Zozo. However, Jamie found a quicker route with sharper lines on the naturally quick Bart to take an unassailable lead by more than two sec.

“We are just starting to get together, but I think he has a seriously good jump in him,” said Jamie, who began competing Dyfrig Richards and Helen Rees’ Lord Z 10-year-old a month ago.

And Jamie’s final ride Grupello Z, a Grandeur eight-year-old owned by Helen and Stephen Stamper, slotted easily into second place to earn Jamie a £1,050 haul. A good day at the office.

"This is a super show, the organisers have made a great effort in putting on such a great three days with sashes and rugs in all classes," said Jamie.

Faye’s early round took third and also earned best BS Area 22 rider in the grand prix and James Shore took fourth on Coriander Van Het Vennehof. Julian Mincher claimed fifth with the fastest four faults on Dolanda, Sid and Jackie Jones’ eight-year-old mare who has just returned to competition after six months off recovering from a stifle injury.

Julian enjoyed a bumper show here with four wins and two seconds to his credit.

Dolanda bounced back to form to top a 1.15m under Julian’s guidance. Nikki Freeman took second on he 13-year-old Temple Chablis with Faye in third aboard Ebriolita. Amanda Millin claimed fourth on Renaissance with Emily Morris in fifth and sixth on her HOYS Bronze league winner Ultimatum II and Scarhill Captain.

Julian immediately hit winning form, posting a victory double on the seven-year-old Louisiana with 1m and 1.10m wins.

"We've come a long way from Hampshire but its worth it, this is a super show and the organisers are ultra-helpful and friendly," said Julian.

Jamie Wingrove took second in the 1.10m on Giovanna ahead of third-placed Karen Bosworth on Lady Rouge II.

Billie Hall netted second in the 1m on Amelusina 58 with Claire Corghan in third aboard Z Belle S.

Julian’s final win came in the DDS Demolition 1.25m, although he suffered a flying fall in the class before and ate dirt.

“The sand didn’t taste very nice – but that’s the highs and lows of horses!” he said.

He soon bounced back to win the 1.25m with more than a second in hand on Alan and Vanessa Pymont’s Mr Darcy 10-year-old Risk It.

“He’s such a winner but sadly for sale as Alan and Vanessa have moved to America,” said Julian.

Claire Membury took second on Mini Business with Corinne Collins in third aboard Bugatti B and Millie Cornock’s Bommel fourth. Filling the final four Blue Chip qualifying places were Rhys Jones on El Wee Wedge in fifth, Corinne with second ride Dolores P in sixth, Miles Pearson seventh on Excelent R and Nina Emery taking eighth aboard Galaxy.

Adam Botham galloped into the top spot of the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C with the eight-year-old Demograaf, first spotted with Laura Jackson when she took lessons with Adam and his wife Jessica.

“Laura has done a lovely job on him, we bought him as he shares his sire Quasimodo Z with Jess’s former top ride Danny V – now jumping for Sweden at 3 and 4* level,” said Adam.

Jamie was again in the mix and took second on the Vingino seven-year-old Ephonie P by just 0.06 sec. Jake Saywell claimed third on Endvot with Miles Pearson on Castiel in fourth. Eve Staveley took fifth on Shadow IV with Joe Trunkfield sixth on Terminator, Michelle Hutchings aboard Barracuda in seventh and taking the eighth Blue Chip championship qualifying place was Greg Hill on Waarachtig.

Holly Broad returned triumphant in the Blue Chip Karma performance with the impressive Vigaro/Chin Chin five-year-old Mannie II.

“He is so brave and gives me confidence, but me jumping at this level is all down to Julian Mincher, I wouldn’t have ventured out of discovery level otherwise,” said Holly.

Sarah Hedges took second on Nicki Sharp’s Verdi seven-year-old Millfield Verve, just ahead of Georgia Lovett on Westend Gunner in third. Amanda Forster claimed fourth on Granite V, Ruairidh Bothwell took fifth on Boston Z, sixth went to Liz Forrester on Elivander Elmaire, Calire West with Ete Rose took seventh and the eight Blue Chip finalist place was awarded to Nick Cadman on Miss Erica.

And Nick Cadman – dressed as a female swimmer! – joined up with BS Area 22 Staffordshire junior member Kate Oakes to take the Olympic-themed Mini Major in fine style.

Olivia Poole topped the Liquid Glamour 1.25m grand prix with more than a second in hand on the Lupicor nine-year-old Chinook BH, pushing the on-form Julian Mincher into second on Dolanda. Tom Whitaker netted third with Diola, Geoff Goodwin claimed fourth aboard Master Finn with Julian also fifth on Risk It and Jamie Wingrove in sixth on Heartstring.

Tom Whitaker headed Friday’s Frisby & Co Solicitor’s Foxhunter with the seven-year-old Evita X with Julian again second, on this occasion riding the six-year-old Zapatero VDL stallion Freire Zapatero. Greg Hill claimed third on the rangy Lord Z six-year-old Big Ben VI, finishing ahead of Amanda Bywater with Triple Twist in fourth and Miles Pearson aboard Flitz JH in sixth.

Amanda took the top spot in Sunday’s Foxhunter on Triple Twist, a six-year-old mare by Outcast. Nikki Freeman was second on Kimgarwyn Bramble Boo and, added to her tally over the three days, earned the BS Area 22 leading rider award of £100 cash bonus and a commissioned portrait of one of her horses. Emily Morris claimed third on Scarthill Captain.

Nikki’s father Carl claimed victory in Sunday’s 1.15m members cup on the Zanzibar V/Londontimes seven-year-old mare Eriggy. Kim Webster took second with Libero Boy II and Stefan Mogensen clinched third on Dirty Dancer.

In typically speedy style, Katie Shaw headed the Brookfield Club House 1.15m speed on her home-bred It’s The Business 15-year-old Fools Business for a great run out before they head to Aintree’s amateur and veterans national championships this coming week. Claire Membury took second on another Its The Business son, Mini Business II, and Corinne Collins took third with Cruise King. Nina Emery claimed fourth on Piana ahead of Julian Mincher in fifth on Dolanda and sixth-placed Amanda Millin with Renaissance.

Corinne jumped into the top spot in Saturday’s newcomers with the Cato Z six-year-old Fabienne C, beating Jake Saywell into second and third with two five-year-olds, Lacondra VD Roshoeve and Lukas Van De Kievitsdriesen. Zoe Henshall took fourth on Clarimo’s Queen.

Rhys Jones took Friday’s newcomers class on Galvaston, a Zanzibar/Heartbreaker five-year-old, with Tom Whitaker on Creevagh Tompico in second. Jamie Wingrove claimed third and fourth riding Gogobantos and Genesis with James Shore on High Offley Checkmate in fifth and Sophie Handley sixth on Luv Orla Me.

Isobelle Bradley doubled up on the final day, winning the 1m grand prix on the Carnute/Narco II 16-year-old Mezzo Andalou and the British novice aboard the five-year-old Backfire daughter Royal Is She.

Geoff Goodwin rode into second in the 1m grand prix with the Cruisings Micky Finn 14-year-old Cruising Light and Emily Smith on Bucebhalas, a Parco 15-year-old, took third. Amy Goodwin was third on Jasmmina V and Heather Broad claimed sixth on Caretina II BF Z.

Katy Davies rode into second in the British novice with the six-year-old mare Kornelia and Georgia Adams claimed third aboard Fa Hills Nice and Easy. Amy Boyle was fourth on Fortina’s Delight with Melanie Hirrell in fifth on Skerne Mister Skye and Rebecca Howley sixth on Primitive Bazaar II.

Sam Wall rode to victory in the concluding discovery with Katie McCreath’s nine-year-old Gwen Stephani, beating Hayley Stevens and Billy Bo Jangle into second. Melanie Hirrell took third with Golden Business and Greg Hill was fourth aboard Hendrick III.

Hayley recorded her own win in the initial day’s discovery on theseven-year-old mare Billy Bo Jangle ahead of Liz Forrester on another five-year-old, Gassara. Gemma Shaughnessy claimed third on Timeline with Ceri Chapman on Out of the Blue XI in fourth, Becki Pearce on Valent Heart fifth and Billie Hall aboard Redhill Dylan in sixth.

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