Eve Staveley and Shadow IV came out on top in a head-to-head with Nigel Coupe in the Blue Chip B and C at Northcote Stud.
The class had drawn reasonable entries, but riders hadn’t read the schedule properly and had to jump hors concours on their grade A’s, and only two were eligible for the qualifier. Qualifying was academic – although a first round clear is a must for qualification – and as Eve and Nigel supplied the required clears, it was all about the money.
And smooth turns earned Eve the top spot, the Cormint 10-year-old Shadow taking victory by 2.32 sec.
Nigel picked up second with Dragon, a Canturo/Contender nine-year-old and a winter B&C finalist after qualifying at Northcote’s development classic before Christmas.
Lucy Henderson claimed the Blue Chip Karma performance with new ride Falausca Fortuna (pictured). The seven-year-old Alicante HBC daughter previously ridden by Alex Thompson joined Lucy in the New Year. They are quickly establishing a partnership and took the win by 3.68 sec.
Angel Tough and the Verdi/Germus R six-year-old Ulisina popped into second place with Brian Thompson claiming third and sixth on the eight-year-old Caspar/Carthago Z stallion Millfield Cascade and the Diamant de Semilly seven-year-old Aredis de la Rose. Robert Murphy and the six-year-old Arkos Boy daughter Harriet claimed fourth with Andrew Walker fifth on Proper Bo. Taking the final Blue Chip qualifying places was Sarah Winterbottom on Katie I and Simon Buckley with Contessa M.
Angel claimed a win in the discovery with Dam Dam, a Luidam/Hors La Lois II five-year-old, relegating Ellen McPherson into second on the Kalaska de Semilly/Caretino five-year-old Megane di Cantero. Ellen Blackburn pushed another five-year-old, Halo II – a mare with Cairo/Karandasj bloodlines – into third place.
Olivia Holloway jumped into the top spot of the newcomers/1.10m on the 10-year-old Krafty Clover daughter My Clover Bay with Sam Borthwick in second aboard the Winningmood 12-year-old Faber and Robert on Harriet in third.
Samantha Rhodes topped the 1.05m to mark her first win on new ride The Piano Man, an eight-year-old bought from Ria Ginley. Northcote Stud-based Laura Mizon claimed second with her nine-year-old Arko daughter Addiva and Robert Murphy slotted the seven-year-old ETS Last Chance into third.
Chloe Cheetham triumphed in the 1m open aboard the nine-year-old Monacorde and Louise Clibburn headed the British novice with the seven-year-old Good Golly Miss Dolly. Elaine Curran claimed second on the eight-year-old mare Look No More with Sophie Brown in third riding the eight-year-old Micklows Master Plan.
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