Louise Saywell speeds to victory in Liverpool's opening 4* class

Louise saywell got the Liverpool International Horse Show off to a flying start, winning the opening 4* Wilcox @ Edgemere & Cooke Horseboxes 1.40m two-phase on Peiter VI.

Louise, a winner at HOYS with this German-bred, Acorado I/Landor gelding owned by James Hughes, took every conceivable sharp turn option in her mid-draw to win by more than two and half sec.

“I know he’s naturally fast, but we had one scary moment at the first fence when he spooked at the big screen, but he soon got back into his rhythm,” said Louise.

“He can turn himself to any type of competition and every big show recently, he’s given me a win, I can’t ask much more than that. It was a nice track for the first competition, but the horses were spookier than riders expected, and it made it more difficult.”

First off Ireland’s Dermott Lennon had held a long-time lead with Fleur IV – a Chatman daughter originally produced in Britain by Jude Burgess – but had to concede to second place.

Twelve provided double clears – a few giving their horses a look-see around the arena – with Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen third on Isadoor van de Helle. Britain’s Anna Power claimed fifth on Chesterfield Z with two British-based Irishmen in fourth and sixth – Michael Duffy on Dreamer and Shane Breen aboard Ispwich van de Wolfsakker.

York University Business and accounting student Kerstin Deakin trusted the Corland/Nimmerdor mare Sunsolde on the tightest of turns to head the Clipperman amateur 1.25mby 1.07 sec.

“I was nervous, I've only ridden her twice since starting university in September, but I was ok once I got going. I’ve had her for seven years, since children-on-horses, and she’s so careful Iknow I can turn from just a stride away,” said Kerstin who held onto her lead from mid-draw.

“It was nerve-wracking watching those after for me, but the course suited us and she pulled it out of the bag.”

Ten double clears were recorded with Reece Oliver netting second on the Aldatus Z/Clover Hill gelding Urlanmore Aldi and sixth aboard Eagles Costalot. Aimee Jones eased Lilly 482 into third, Jake Aston took fourth on Wise Guy with Veronica Tracy in fifth on Daify.

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