Kerry Brennan made the three hour journey to Bury Farm worthwhile, winning the national winter 1.35m qualifier on Wellington M on day two at Bury Farm's winter premier. Along with the £750 first prize, the win qualifies the pair for the new London Spring International at Easter at the Excel arena in London.
Thirteen of the 31 starters reached the jump-off, with Kerry and the ever-eager ‘Wellie’ finishing 0.41 sec in front for victory. It gives Kerry two rides at the new Easter show in this final, she also qualified Dynamic after winning at Arena UK.
Derek McCoppin brought the Indoctro 13-year-old Zaire into second and Alife Bradstock claimed the third qualifying position on the Douglas/Silverstone nine-year-old Hello Disckoboy DN.
John Crippen just missed out on qualification in fourth aboard Bling Bling IV. Seven double clears were produced with Phillip Miller taking fifth, sixth and seventh on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Unbelievable Lady, Downes Howard’s Roulette H and Di and Pennie Cornish and Mark Chadwick’s Basic.
The top four of the winter grade C gained access to the London Spring International and Lily Bradstock was in top form to take victory on Ceriska. Of the 10 initial clears from 34 starters, six posted double clears with Lily forging into an unbeatable lead by 1.05 sec on the 10-year-old King Kolibri/Voltaire mare.
Eleanor Nightingale and the 13-year-old mare Amberleigh Walk clinched the second qualifying spot with Harry Wainwright on the nine-year-old Cardento/Caretino stallion Dakota P in third and Michael Jones on the German 10-year-old mare Clear Lasina claimed the final qualifying place.
Lauren Williams just missed out in fifth on Dome van Overis Z with Harry Whall sixth aboard If Ever III.
Michaela Huntington kicked off 2017 with a win on her HOYS 2016 talentseekers finalist Alegro Z, an Asca Z nine-year-old, in the 1.25m speed, taking victory by 0.39 sec. James Emblen sped into second with the 10-year-old Skelwith Lady Delilah, pushing Lauren Edwards and Carnaval Cocktail into third. Ruby Fryer and Hillcrest Amiro took fourth with Rose Moss on Caliva in fifth and Alfie Bradstock’s Tiger Bright in sixth.
John Crippen topped the Foxhunter/grade C on Nicky Baily-Gibson’s Cardento/Chin Chin eight-year-old Jorki. Lauren Williams and the seven-year-old Elle van Overis Z finished two and a half sec in arrears for second and Lauren also claimed sixth aboard Dome van Overis Z. Anja Moret on Fell Capone took third with Tom Slattery on Larca van Erpecom fourth and James Wilson’s Gossip SA fifth.
Charlie White topped the newcomers on the Vleut seven-year-old Filundia, taking victory by a lender 0.27 sec. Ben Walker took second and third with Brendon Stud’s home-bred Warriors Creme, a seven-year-old mare with Warrior/Creme van Steentje bloodlines, and the six-year-old Arezzo VDL/Lux stallion Go Rezzolux. Rose Moss guided African Affair into fourth with Tom Slattery and Larca van Erpecom in fifth and Emily Hilton sixth on RNH Tinkerbell.
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