Anthony Condon is top at Arena UK
Anthony Condon emerged triumphant in a hard-fought jump-off to take the 1.40m and £1,000 aboard Kat Taylor’s Balzac on day two at Arena UK's winter premier. Eleven of 37 starters littered with International riders and horses made their way to the jump-off, but Anthony had it in hand on the Dutch-bred 10-year-old, finding the shortest route to win by 0.72 sec.
Louise Saywell slotted Graham Ward’s 11-year-old Feigtling into second, finishing half a sec in front of Kerry Brennan’s Wellington M. Julie Andrews took fourth on Ayrton IV just ahead of Louise Whitaker on Ruby VIII in fifth and Alfie Bradstock, sixth on KBIS Caicos. Giving their International rides a run out, William Funnell on Billy McCain and Robert Whitaker with Catwalk IV posted steady double clears for seventh and eighth respectively.
Richard Howley landed the winter grade C qualifier for the inaugural London Spring International Horse Show final on Culandro, a Silverstone/Orame nine-year-old, a new ride acquired in August. They fired into an unbeatable lead to win by 0.71 sec to leave Charlie Dawson on the seven-year-old MB Landini in second spot. Katie Pytches and her HOYS 2016 newcomers and grade C finalist Jolie Fleur into third and Yazmin Davies took the fourth and final qualifying place with Zanbowa. Just missing out was Lisa Jones on Diana P in fifth and Douglas Duffin aboard Moonface JX in sixth.
Douglas claimed a win in the 1.30m, guiding the Indoctro nine-year-old Chento D into a 0.38 sec victory over Beth Vernon and the super-speedy Omane Des Faux. Jack Whitaker took third on Stakkato De Fee with Holly Smith in fourth aboard Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K. Julie Andrews was fifth on Havanna De Cavron and Charlie Dawson claimed sixth on TJM Henry De Reve.
Tom Whitaker landed first in the Foxhunter/grade C with the consistent Diola, a seven-year-old mare by Locarno 62 and out of a Baloubet Du Rouet mare. They claimed a commanding victory, finishing 2.12 sec ahead of Douglas on the Clarius/Couleur Rubin six-year-old Moonface JX. Lauren Edwards took third on Carnaval Cocktail with Isabelle George fourth on Jaliska Van De Heide, Charlene Bastone claimed fifth on Renkum J Adore and sixth went to Anne Veeder on Chincoreve in the 54-strong class.
Angus Smales headed the newcomers on the Furisto’s Diamond 11-year-old A Bit Much, winning by just 0.06 sec over Tom Whitaker and the six-year-old mare Creevagh Tompico. Lauren Edwards finished third aboard Expresso 99 with Isabelle and Jaliska Van De Heide in fourth. Ashlea Silk-Jones jumped into fifth on Vesuvs Vinetto and Alex Thompson was sixth riding Arrietty.
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