Katie Shaw takes Aintree's Amateur Championships by storm

All roads led to Liverpool and Aintree last weekend for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur and Veterans championships. Katie Shaw dominated the four days with the ultra-consistent 15-year-old Fools Business, winning four classes and netting a handsome £1,100 in prize money.

"This is a fabulous show, they make such an effort for the competitors with the use of the permanent stables, washbox and facilities, and free tea and coffee throughout the day and it is much appreciated," said Katie.

Firing a warning shot across the bows, the speedy pair headed the initial 1.10m qualifier and a 1.15m challenge before retaining their National Amateur 1.10m grand prix final. It was all about the clock as six riders produced double clears from the initial 40 starters, Katie and the home-bred ‘Joe’ – owned jointly with her sister Emma Sargeant – easily proving the quickest.

Lucinda Stewart and the Caretino/Contender seven-year-old Cancun II claimed second place with Rebecca Seidl on he nine-yearold mare Quality Star in third. Mary-Anne Carpenter took fourth on Alles Klar, Georgina Shrubshall-Justice finished fifth aboard Cruise On Barco and sixth went to Miranda Wint on Luna Air.

Katie also claimed victory in the concluding Hazelden 1.15m challenge final after heading the earlier qualifier with Joe – an It’s The Business son bred out of Emma’s former top JA pony La Bamba.

Hannah Tiley netted second place on the eight-year-old Animo daughter Amaryllis III with Miranda and the Lauriston eight-year-old Luna Air in third and Julia Hardy aboard Jizebelle Van D Oude Bosh in fourth. Richard Baker took fifth on Stand Aside and Lucinda with Cancun II finished sixth.

Katie’s first win came in the 1.10m qualifier, beating HOYS Bronze league champions Emily Morris on Ultimatum II. And they also topped an earlier Hazelden Saddlery 1.15m and took third in the second 1.10m qualifier to bring their tally to four wins and £1,100. Not a bad weekend.

Alice Ellison landed the National Amateur 1.05m grand prix final with Britney IV, a 10-year-old mare by Indoctro. Four riders jumped clear in the jump-off with Southerly Roberts taking second on Tinx, an 11-year-old Carnaval Drum daughter that contended the 2016 HOYS working hunter championship.

Angie Mills and Quids In II took third here with Julia Helm and Helm’s Tolu in fourth, Matt Daniels on Milltown Maybe fifth and Anya Brown’s Carlos VI in sixth.

Angie and Quids In, a Quite Capitol/Carthago Z 12-year-old, claimed victory in the National Amateur 95cm final. Anna de Verteuil took second on the 14-year-old Victory II with Julia Helm and Fritz Luke third. Hayley Lewis was fourth on Catoo Van De Platello, Gemma Dickens fifth aboard Oakleys Ace and sixth was awarded to Rosie Collins with Sweet Bertha.

Julia and Fritz Luke, a 21-year-old Julia started in British novice 17 years ago, triumphed in the Equi-Trek accumulator with joker, relegating Richard Baker and the 14-year-old Cajelgan’t into second. Southerly and Tinx took third, Lloyd Royle on Serenity II claimed fourth with Sam Baker fifth on Downtown Disco and Darcey Rawlinson in sixth aboard Adore Picobello Z.

Leigh Walker topped the National Amateur 85cm grand prix final with Zolivia, a Zorro V/Jazz seven-year-old mare. Speed was of the essence as 10 jumped double clear, Leigh proving the fastest. Isobelle Bradley took seocnd on the 18-year-old mare Renaissance III with Gemma Dickens and Oakleys Ace in third. Frankie Jervis eased into fourth on Belladonna with Victoria Jacobs fifth on Didi Delia and Samantha Birch with Little Miss Non Strop sixth.

Veterinary surgeon Campbell Thompson rose to the top in the National Minor Veteran Riders Championship on the Couleur Rubin 12-year-old Rubiroso JX, a winner at 3* International level for Keith Shore until Campbell took over in April this year.

Only three jump-off clears were evident. Angie Mills and Quids In took second here with Lynda Birke and the Ard VDL Douglas nine-year-old Dalusha Z taking third place. Sophia Cuthbert and Walty L claimed fourth, Erica Watson was fifth on Imagine Blue and Campbell also slotted Croft Ghetto Kid into sixth.

Sophia lifted the National Major Veteran Riders Championship with the Pierrot/Hemmingway 13-year-old Walty L, beating Amanda Jane Millin into second on DJ, a Douglas eight-year-old that only returned to competition a few weeks earlier following a year-long break. Erica Watson and the Blue Boy eight-year-old Imagine Blue took third with Campbell jumping the steadiest jump-off clear for fourth on Rubiroso JX, Pierre Baber fifth on Ulysses W and Anna de Verteuil in sixth with State Of Independence.

Katie Benbow urged her 10-year-old Scope 95cm champion Ruby St Loise into victory in the Joshua Jones 1m fun challenge. Southerly Roberts and Tinx took second just ahead of third-placed Anna de Verteuil and Victory II. Sophia Fox was fourth on Ryan again with Mandy Dexter’s Beckham fifth and Eloise Dobrzynski in sixth.

Katie and Ruby had almost made it a double but had to concede to second in an earlier 1m fun challenge, won by Danielle Brown aboard the diminutive 13-year-old 143cm Brooklands Dun Dreamer, who has been a part of the Brown household since his pony British novice days almost eight years ago.

Rebecca Ellis took third on Custer II with Ben Parnaby fourth on Captain Junior, Sophie Corney fifth aboard Lapaloma and Katie also taking sixth on Minimee III.

In turn, Danielle and Dun Dreamer had to settle for second in Friday’s 1m challenge, the pair being sandwiched between Sophie Corney’s two in first and third with the Stnhopes Diddicoy 16-year-old Stanhopes Good Friday and the Landiano B 18-year-old Lapaloma. Katie Benbow and Minimee III took third from Katie Shaw in fourth on Cyloma Z with Southerly Roberts’ Tinx fifth and Gemma Dickens with Back To Black in sixth.

Rachel Horton lifted the top two places in Friday’s 1.15m challenge with the Belgian-bred 14-year-old Carneval De La Ferme Blanche and the Acorado 14-year-old Accobado – a former ride of Jay Halim. Katie Benbow and Fearless D’Hanovre, an 11-year-old former ride of Donald Whitaker acquired four months ago, claimed third with Anya Brown and Lionheart III in fourth. Sam Baker and Downtown Disco took fifth just ahead of sixth-placed Lucinda Stewart and Cancun II.

Anya on Carlos VI and her sister Danielle riding Brooklands Dun Dreamer teamed up to take the CWD Sellier Pairs Jumping in fine style. Darcey Rawlinson on Adore Picobello Z and Rhiannon Watson with Polar Bear II claimed second with Gemma Dickens (Back To Black II) and Nicola Roe (Ashwood Kajinka) in third.

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