Derek Morton takes a commanding win at Field House

Derek Morton got the New Year off to a flying start, winning the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C at Field House Equestrian Centre with the only clear on Aegis Water’s Cadenza.

Extremely low entries saw only seven contend this class, with Derek providing the only clear over David Cole’s 12-fence track. The rangy Casall seven-year-old stallion nimbly popped round the course in this tight arena despite his size.

“It’s only his second show for almost four months,” said Derek, who is based locally at Beech House Stud in Stone, Staffordshire.

Amanda Bywater was most unlucky to just tip the final part of the combination for faults on Triple Twist, a seven-year-old daughter of Mennell Watson’s top ride Outcast. The error means Blue Chip Championships secretary Amanda cannot qualify for the final, as rules stipulate clears are required in the first round to qualify.

Nikki Freeman powered to the top in the Blue Chip Karma performance aboard Julie Squire’s home-bred Kimgarwyn Bramble Boo, an eight-year-old by Why Me.“She’s taken time as she’s so big, but she started going against the clock recently and now it has clicked,” said Nikki, another local rider based just 15 miles away in Rugeley.

Ross McDonald – well known in the 1990’s for his partnership with the freakishly scopey 138cm and pony European team gold medallist Mr Polo – took second with Silver Typhoon. The pair finished 0.34 sec in arrears.

Ross has ridden the eight-year-old for two years, but the gelding is now for sale.

Adrian Speight jumped into third with Gorky and Becky Carling took fourth on Dorame. Only six initial clears were produced, with the final qualifying tickets awarded to Adrian on second ride Dante B in fifth and Dan Barnes aboard Casitano sixth.

Ross claimed victory in the 1.15m on the coloured gelding Butch Cassidy, pushing Adrian into second and third with Dante D and Gorky.

Emily Morris claimed the newcomers/1.10m on her HOYS bronze league champion Ultimatum. Francesca Lugo rode Fe Fe Aldatus into second ahead of Rebecca Hart with Annie X in third.

Georgie Rockingham topped the discovery on the eight-year-old gelding September Song with Tia Barlow second aboard Barnaboy Ambassador and Georgia Love in third with Hiccup II.

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