Annabel Shields lands the winter grand prix at Morris
Annabel Shields was in flying form to take the concluding winter grand prix at Morris Equestrian Centre’s winter premier meeting with the big-jumping Wet Wet Wet. She held off 31 rivals to bag the £2,000 first prize with a skilled round in the final jump-off on the Mr Blue/Royal Feu 13-year-old gelding, who was returning to immediate form following a month-long mini-break from competition.
Pippa Allen claimed second on the Nagano 11-year-old Hope Springs with Louise Saywell in third aboard James Hughes’ 10-year-old Cordalis 7. Julie Andrews took fourth on Ayrton IV and sixth with Wilando B, sandwiching Sally Hopkinson into fifth on Temple Marple.
Paul Barker claimed seventh spot in the grand prix on Happy Boy, but had been in winning mode earlier in the day. He;d been consistently in the money throughout this meeting on Sandors Legacy, but left the best until last to head the CWD 1.30m final to take the £300 first prize and a brand new CWD saddle.
Stevie Crosby took second with Hemmingway, relegating Lucy Guild into third on Hugana Vant Heike. Saturday’s Hickstead B and C winners Rachael Connor and Fantastic took fourth with George Whitaker fifth on Campari V and Paul also claiming sixth on Lux Fabulous.
Holly Miller topped the Blue Chip B and C qualifier on the rangy seven-year-old mare HHS Dramarko, pushing Carla Bowlam and Capriool III into second. Douglas Duffin jumped into third on Chento D with Samantha Jimmison in fourth on Ebolensky, Kelly Roberts and Reamonnin fifth and Cameron Rogan sixth with Wouwske P. Taking the final two Blue Chip qualifying places was Gillian Anderson in seventh on Congeniality B and Kayleigh Spalding, eighth on Dolous.
Carla went one better in the 1.20m, taking the class on the 15-year-old Belisimo II. Samantha Borthwick claimed second with April Love II ahead of third-placed Lindsay Jeffrey on Cyrena Du Carel. George Whitaker was fourth on Cavas Toftegard, Lucy Rhodes took fifth on Contessa M and sixth went to Nick Benterman with Balkano.
Charlotte Arnold headed the Foxhunter with the Zilando/Temple Sandor Z six-year-old Goulton Emperor Claudius and also took third with Everest II. Douglas Duffin prevented Charlotte taking the top two places, squeezing Moonface JX into second. Molly Andrews eased Renkum Aristocat into fourth with Stevie Crosby on Carabas Girl fifth and Julie Andrews sixth aboard Billy Cointreau.
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