Emily Ward hits form at Arena UK

Emily Ward hit form at her final show before heading to Olympia with the ultra-scopey Remi Cavalleri, winning the feature class at Arena UK’s penultimate day of their winter premier show.

The pair has been working towards Olympia’s world class development under 23 final, and they headed the first qualifier for the 2017 final here. Four clears from 21 starters over round one’s 1.45m track were joined by fastest four-faulter Alfie Bradstock, but Emily easily took the lead with an early round on the rangy, scopey Handel daughter and the time remained out of reach of the other competitors.

“This was our prep for the final and she’s on form, fingers crossed for a good result at Olympia in a couple of weeks,” said Emily.

Jumping the only other double clear, Charlene Bastone took second with the Couleur Rubin nine-year-old Newbridges Chablis SW and Alfie moved Hello Disckoboy DN up the order, adding a jump-off clear to his round one four faults for third. Olivia Poole and Connery III claimed fourth spot with Jake Saywell, who produced the fastest jump-off round but at the expense of two rails on Cantho Z, in fifth.

Ashlea Silk-Jones will make her Hickstead debut after topping a hotly competitive Winter B and C qualifier on Valentina B, a Valentino seven-year-old. Eleven of the 38 starters jumped first round clears with Ashlea galloping into the top spot by 0.45 sec.

“It’s so unexpected, it was a last-minute decision to enter just for experience,” said a delighted Ashlea.

Alfie Bradstock guided Kevin Sleap’s Conterno Grande eight-year-old into second in the latter stages. This little mare joined Alfie in August as previous rider Megan James was sidelined with a broken leg.

Lauren Edwards on Ella Sandra G just missed out on qualification in third with Alfie also fourth on Tiger Bright. Billy Twomey and the talented Pewit Nono took fifth and sixth went to Zoe Adams on Miss Piccachu.

Chloe Winchester’s seemingly unbeatable round on Ed Howard’s speedy Zandokan H in the DDS Demolition 1.25m, but Faye Adams found a shorter route on Mandy Hall’s Ebriolita to take the class.

She’s inexperienced but very quick,” said Faye on the Eldorado Van De Zeshoek seven-year-old she has ridden since April.

Alexandra Somerville Cotton claimed third on Summer Promise with Robert Whitaker and Brendon Stud’s Fabrice Van Overis in fourth, and sharing fifth after equalling on time was Ashlea Silk-Jones with Valentina B and Charlene Bastone’s Newbridges Master Brown.

Tom Whitaker headed the 1.35m speed with the consistent Locarno seven-year-old Diola, already a winner at this show in an earlier Foxhunter/grade C. Eoin Gallagher guided Lord Luidam into second 1.22 sec in arrears with Reece Oliver’s early round on Urlanmore Aldi taking third. Poppy Stronge claimed fourth with Tullyreavy Its Me, William Funnell claimed fifth on Billy Onslow and Kerry Brennan took sixth aboard Dynamic III.

Lauren Edwards doubled up with Foxhunter/grade C and newcomer wins. She headed the Foxhunter/grade C on the nine-year-old mare Carnaval Cocktail, beating Emily Hilton’s six-year-old Galwaybay Junior into second by 0.40 sec. Ronnie Jones claimed third on MHS Patriot with Isabelle George in fourth aboard STS Lloyd. Emily Wheelhouse jumped into fifth on She’s A Lady III and Colin Keeling took sixth on Elexa. The Pall Mall H five-year-old Boston 11 notched up Lauren’s second win of the day in the newcomers, winning by 0.63 sec. Morgan Carpenter claimed second on the nine-year-old Burggraaf daughter Merllyns Mirage with Julie Andrews on Senator Little Lusario in third. Katie Pytches took fourth aboard Catoka and Sophie Strawson took fifth and sixth with Amadeus 2 and Larocco A.

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