Jack Whitaker is a class act at Bury Farm


A class round from Jack Whitaker on Valentin R secured the top spot of the world class development under 23, the major class of the day on Saturday evening at Bury Farm’s winter premier.

Only five of the 19 starters – four clears joined by the fastest four – reached the jump-off over course-designer David Cole’s tough, 13-fence track. Yazmin Davis provided the first clear with Zilverster II, but Jack smoothly wiped more than five sec off the time with polished turns on the 15-year-old Heartbreaker/Indorado stallion Valentin R.

Last to go Jordan Gann also provided a well-ridden clear for second spot on the 11-year-old mare Lakeland Dancer to leave Yazmin and Zilverster in third.

Sweden’s Nicole Kolmen – based with James Davenport and Angelie von Essen – took fourth on Creme de la Creme and fifth was taken by Jodie Hall-McAteer with Coquin De Coquerie, who carried their four faults from the first round.

Michaela Huntington scored her second win at this meeting with her ‘horse of a lifetime’ Alegra Z, a nine-year-old Casca Z mare she has produced from a novice and has taken her to new heights, including HOYS talentseekers final and BS’ ‘Step up to Gold’ programme.

The pair sped around this speed class to take victory by a commanding 2.26 sec. Emily Hilton and Milly on Air – second in the first day’s 1.40m – also claimed second here. Jack Whitaker and pushed Cherryfras de Rialfo Z into third with Joe Clayton and Millioninmind fourth and Yazmin and Zilverster fifth.

Zoe Adams claimed the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C by almost four sec with Sophia Gracida’s Ogano Sitte nine-year-old Miss Piccachu. Rose Moss brought another nine-year-old mare, Caliva, into second ahead of Anna Beck in third on Darina Vina. Joe Clayton and Gilbo VD Gulden Z finished fourth with Colin Keeling’s Ard Spun Gold in fifth and Anja Moret on Fell Capone in sixth.

Emma-Jo Slater jumped into the top spot of the 1.20m on the Catherston Zulu/Heartbreaker nine-year-old Kimba Classic, relegating Zoe Smith and Wyoming to second by two hundredths of a second. Faye Adams netted third on Ebriolita.

Emma-Jo nearly made it a double, but had to concede to second in the Foxhunter on the eight-year-old Kings of Leon. Lisa Jones and her consistent Silverstone/Indoctro nine-year-old Diana P took the win by 1.26sec. Harry Whall and Baloubet de Seuine took third with Colin Keeling fourth aboard Elexa and Misha Pitt in fifth on Loughnatousa Fitz.

Charlie White took the top two in the newcomers, just one hundredth of a second separating his two rides Filundia and Clover Bay Marina. Alice Goring and The Little Frenchman took third with Morgan Carpenter and Merllyns Chacco B in fourth. Abbe Elliott finished fifth on Eleonora III and sixth went to Rose Moss aboard African Affair.

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