Jessica Botham takes a speedy win at Onley


Jessica Botham claimed victory from an early draw to take the top qualifications spot in the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C on Utah's Utopia.

The 10-year-old Utah Van Erpekom daughter owned by Claire Beecroft and Geoff Luckett joined Jess in July and is for sale as Claire is reducing the number of horses she has.

"She's a machine and wins almost every time out," said Jess, who has enjoyed success both at home and abroad with this mare.

Abbe Elliott has made a return to competiton with Rubys after more than a year out with injury.

"He's come back better than ever," said Abbe on the Lord Calando 11-year-old she has produced from his British novice days in 2009.

Joe Trunkfield on Euro Sport Horses' Darius seven-year-old Domino VII (bay) and Adam Botham with the Up To Date/Glennridge 10-year-old Ballando II (grey) dead-heated on time to share third place in the 13-horse decider.

Nicola Barry with Darien claimed fifth with Sarah Hedges in sixth and seventh aboard Nicki Sharp's Millfield Verve and Breaker N. Taking the eighth Blue Chip final qualifying spot was Michael Jones on Trezante.

Shrewsbury-based Phoebe Powell, 20, produced a flying round in a late draw to head the Blue Chip Karma performance 18-strong jump-off with her 3* eventer Kellys Lad, a 10-year-old bought in Ireland.

Danielle Farnsworth with the impressive Firestone II finished second, just 0.05 sec behind.

And Derek Morton - at his first show dince dislocating his shoulder 10 weeks ago - took third with the handsome six-year-old Casall/Corrado I stallion Aegis Water Cadenza.

Laura Jackson slotted the seven-year-old Esmieranda into fourth with James Winter on the nine-year-old Cosmo Boy fifth and Kelly Stovell on Schumi in sixth. Claiming the final two Karma performance qualifying places was Mary Jo Crawford on Vittoria DH Z and Jess Botham with Lacoste.

David Coombs Gyde topped the newcomers/1.10m on the six-year-old Freddie 55 with Jake Saywell taking second and third on the five-year-old Lukas and the six-year-old Unbelievable Darco stallion Darco Supreme. Tim Stockdale eased the Flipper D'Elle six-year-old Flipper Nouveau into fourth and Jasmine Punter took fifth on NP Zelah.

Kate Watson posted a victory double in the 1.05m and 1m classes with the eight-year-old The Kerry Man II. In the 1.05m, Charlotte Edwards took second with Cora Belle, an 18-year-old by Amber Glen and out of a Lars Irco G mare.

Mark Townshend jumped into the discovery top spot on the Singapore/Orame four-year-old Harena, pushing Jake Saywell into second on Milton. Emma Graves took third with Irish Aire and Abbe Elliott was fourth on Everytime with fifth going to Holly Simms and Dunloughan.

Emma and the Kings Aire nine-year-old had taken a win in the initial British novice, pushing Gavin Brown into second aboard the Outcast five-year-old Outcry. Holly and Dunloughan took third with L Jarvis fourth on Rathbone Prince and H Ray aboard Catch Yourself On in fifth.

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