Tom Whitaker is flying high in Scotland

Tom Whitaker was in flying form on the first two days of Morris Equestrian Centre’s winter premier show, posting a great victory double and taking qualification for the new London International show.

Tom headed the winter grade C to claim a finalist spot at the inaugural London International Spring Show in Easter 2017. He rode the seven-year-old Singapore/Sydney mare Ebelina W in fine style to take first place.

Julie Andrews netted the second qualifying place on the Chacco-Blue 10-year-old CC Catch II with Cameron Rogan on the Handel-sired 13-year-old Love Handel in third. Louise Saywell claimed the final qualifying spot in fourth on her impressive new ride Kacandra, a German-bred six-year-old mare.

And Tom also triumphed in Friday’s 1.30m, outpacing all on Evita X, a seven-year-old Arezzo VDL daughter, to lay claim to a handsome £1,000 first prize. Louise Saywell eased Feigtling into second with Kelly Connor Baillie in third on Bailande Van De Kapel. Douglas Duffin took fourth on Djoel ahead of Dfifth-placed onald Whitaker on Billy Z and Annabel Shields in sixth on Wet Wet Wet in the 44-strong class.

Jake Saywell claimed two wins on day one. He topped the 1.40m with the Cumano 16-year-old Cantho Z to claim the £500 first prize. Paul Barker slotted the Kannan nine-year-old Happy Boy into second ahead of third-placed Annabel Shields on the Irish-bred Hermes De Reve eight-year-old Carnoneybridge Challenger. Julie Andrews took fourth on Ayrton IV with Pippa Allen fifth on Hope Springs and Chris Megahey in sixth with Cuprice VIII.

Jake’s other win came in the initial 1.15m, taking the class on Dakota, an Andiamo/Vancouver eight-year-old previously ridden by Dan Moseley and acquired three months ago. Suzanne Posnett took second on Karmijn with Rachael Connor and Lottie III in third. Trevor Nicholson took fourth on Cordoba and fifth went to Carla Bolam and Belisimo II.

Paul and Happy Boy went one better in the 1.30m, taking victory over Stevie Crosby with the Holland/Contender 13-year-old Hemmingway. Jordan Thompson claimed third on Topflight True Carlo and Sally Hopkinson netted equal fourth on Temple Marple, sharing with Jake Saywell and Havinia Van De Roshoeve.

Rachael Connor – who has just been selected for British Showjumping’s ‘Step up to Gold’ programme = doubled up with wins in the first two days’ Foxhunter competitions. The Casantos/Oklund six-year-old Fantastic posted Rachael’s first victory in Thursday’s Foxhunter.

Ladies dominated here, with Annabel Shields taking three of the first five places at her second show back with her horses after a mini break. The Cassini II/Casall seven-year-old My Casall jumped into second with the Zenith UHS six-year-old Rubin UHS third and the Bacardi VDL five-year-old Gerona fifth. Suzanne Posnett slotted Foesuela into fourth with Kathleen Hamilton on Up To Date Show Girl in sixth.

Rachael’s second win came 24 hours later on B Valeree, again in the Foxhunter. The 10-year-old Larino daughter outpaced all to take the win. Emerson Sender claimed second on the nine-year-old Contendro with Charlotte Arnold in third on Everest II and Greg Taylor taking fourth and fifth on the Morris Group Stud’s Warrant seven-year-old Esunja and Elanka, a Padinus seven-year-old.

Douglas Duffin headed Thursday’s grade C on the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve nine-year-old Colgravin H, pushing Dee Anderson and the nine-year-old Queen Bee JX into second. Simon Buckley took third on Bailey S, an Untouchable 10-year-old, with Caroline Ravenscroft claimed fourth aboard Chickadee and Charlotte Ash jumped into fifth with Galant Van Het Vijverhof.

Charlotte Geddes jumped into the top spot of the 1.20m on the 11-year-old Van De Bay Girl, beating Paul Barker into second and third on Lux Fabulous and Sandors Legacy. Suanne Posnett was fourth aboard Karmijn and Graham Babes took fifth with Boucheron.

And Paul had to settle for second and third in the 1.30m as well, again with Lux Fabulous and Sandors Legacy. Iain Warnock clinched victory here aboard the 12-year-old Harperland Micky Finn. Carla Bowlam took fourth riding Capriool III with Stevie Crosby fifth on Carthagon G Z and Richard Jenkinson in sixth on Adorette W.

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