Louise Whitaker breezes into Arena UK's grand prix top spot on Leen OL
Louise Whitaker landed the concluding winter premier grand prix at Arena UK with the talented Leen OL, a Berlin/Kannan eight-year-old that joined her in June from Nicole Pavitt.
“I didn’t go crazy and just used tight lines, I just keep her ticking over and share the ride with my dad [John]” said Louise, who finds the mare “feisty but not spooky.”
Eleven of 29 starters reached the jump-off over Di Boddy’s 13-fence track with Michael Whitaker taking an early top two places on Valme De La Lande and Cassionato with two easy double clears. They dropped down to fifth and sixth as riders produced quicker clears, Louise sweeping into an unbeatable lead some three sec faster than her uncle.
Robert Bevis jumped into second spot with his final draw on Courtney Z, finishing just 0.12 sec behind Louise. Miles O’Donnell, 19, guided the 10-year-old Bosato, who is supported by Equine Science supplements and will contend the imminent Olympia under 23 final, into third and Sally Hopkinson netted third with Temple Marple.
Lance Whitehouse lifted the top spot of the Blue Chip B and C Dynamic on Don Diablo, a Unaniem/Iroko eight-year-old owned by Louise Foster. Eleven tackled the jump-off, with Lance’s early effort holding onto the lead.
“He’s ready to move up to 1.40m classes now,” said Lance.Mimi Beecher eased Riccioni OI into second, just 0.14 sec in arrears, and Liane Smith took third and sixth on Ferdi M and Flinstone De Ness. Douglas Duffin’s final draw on Colgravin took fourth with Colin Keeling on Ard Sun Gold in fifth.
Just 48 hours after heading the winter 1.35m, Kerry Brennan fired Dynamic III into the top spot of the 1.30m, winning by 0.65 sec. Alfie Bradstick took second aboard Tiger Bright with Holly Smith in third aboard Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K. William Funnell took fourth with Billy Angelo and Michael Whitaker’s easy round on Elie Van De Kolmen claimed fifth.
Justine Strauel doubled up with newcomer and Foxhunter wins on Elegance Lady, a seven-year-old Dutch-bred mare ridden since April. In the newcomers, they relegated Lauren Edwards and Expresso 99 by 1.41 sec to take the win. Ashlea Silk-Jones jumped into third on Vesuvs Vinetto with Richard Coney in fourth on Master Ping.
And the successful pair went on to top the Foxhunter/grade C, beating Tom Whitaker and Creevagh Tompico into second by 1.55 sec. Lauren netted third place on Carnaval Cocktail with Molly Andrews fourth on Renkum Aristocrat and Tabitha Dean in fifth aboard Comtesse Des Wagnes.
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