Michael Whitaker takes the grand prix at Keysoe International


On the final day at Keysoe International, Michael Whitaker landed the world ranking 1.45m grand prix on Jayne Bean’s home-bred 10-year-old JB’s Hot Stuff, a mare with Locarno 62/Cavalier Royale bloodlines.

From a start list of 30, 13 gained round one clears over Kelvin Bywater’s track with Michael and Hot Stuff showing a clean pair of heels to win by 0.96 sec.

Nigel Coupe chased hard to finish second on the 12-year-old Jubilee and Lance Whitehouse slotted the 14-year-old Vik II into third. Joe Clayton, riding for Michael Whitaker and Steve and Caroline Barnes, brought the Ard VDL Douglas nine-year-old Millioninmind into fourth with Phillip Miller on Brendon Stud’s Sussec Caretino in fifth and Emily Ward sixth aboard Remi Cavalleri.

Michaela Huntington, a winner of day one with Alegro Z, continued on winning form with this Asca Z nine-year-old mare to head the concluding 1.35m by 0.29 sec. Ireland’s Trevor Breen netted second with Danique and Corinne Collins eased the 10-year-old Bugatti B into third. Dale Burnham claimed fourth on Deezie Katine Weering with Allana Clutterbuck fifth on Vitaal G and sixth going to Kate Whitaker’s Eunomia.

Rachael Connor’s amazing run of form continued on the final day. The Lancashire lass already had two wins under her belt with Lottie and another win on Valeree B, and she dominated the five and six-year-old final with the top two places on two six-year-olds. The Casantos daughter Fantastic headed the class with the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Indorado gelding Zaha in second, 0.32 sec separating the pair. Both these horses were placed in the HOYS newcomer final and both will contend the Hickstead B and C final next year after qualifying at Morris winter premier just a week ago.

Michaela Huntington took third on the For Fashion/Emilion five-year-old Gina Trojka S with Jake Saywell fourth and fifth on the impressive six-year-old Quidam B Z stallion Quimari W and the five-year-old mare Lacondra V/D Roshoeve. Simon Crippen aboard Lux Trendy took sixth.

Simon’s wife Abbie was in winning mode in the 1.25m, the Hors La Loi 14-year-old Vilka B outpacing all rivals in the 24-strong jump-off – yielded from 60 starters – to win by 0.46 sec. Charles Luyckx had to settle for second and third on the Darco 14-year-old Cicero II and the Padinus 13-year-old stallion Pepito D’Airsain. Jodie Hall McAteer took fourth on Coquin De Coquerie Z with Julian Mincher taking fifth on Dolanda and Rose Moss in sixth aboard Weston.

The 1.15m fell to Sweden in the hands of Catherine Silfverling Jansson, winning by 0.74 sec on the Orame 13-year-old OMS Wendeliena. France’s Sebastien Poirier slotted the Belgian-bred nine-year-old Play Boy into second with Elizabeth Gray and the seven-year-old Capitol Star in third. Elizabeth Christopher took fourth on April IV with Elliott Dowler fifth and sixth on For Gotti and Chilas.

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