Bobbie is best at Addington
Bobbie Heath sailed into the top spot of Saturday’s winter JA classic at Addington with Cisco Bay II. Bobbie and the 13-year-old gelding showed their rivals a clean pair of heels to qualify for the Charles Stanley final in the summer.
Six riders from an entry of 27 made their way to the jump-off with Bobbie, 15, maxing on her final draw to win by 0.56 sec.
Sienna Charles claimed second with Magic Cornflakes, a nine-year-old Belgian-bred stallion by Miraculix she has competed lightly since May. Perdi Digby jumped into the third and final qualifying place with the lovely 12-year-old mare Kayleighs Star.
Tahnia Jordan-Jones just missed out with fourth on new ride AKM Beech Comber, who has just stepped up to this level, and also took sixth on Sulan Hollywood Knight. Oli Fletcher was sandwiched into fifth with Zodianne van de Doevenbree.
A delighted Jessica Howard seized the top qualifying place in the winter JC with Claire Darwin’s 10-year-old Connemara Rocky Robin I. The pair, reigning national discovery champions and winners of the Blue Chip discovery and novice finals and Scope pony adventurer champions, have only just stepped up to this level. Jess credits trainer Ernest Dillon for their recent success.
“He keeps me focused. The plan for the jump-off was a clear rather than chase the time as Rocky has a huge stride,” said Jess.
Anoushka Mauree took the second qualifying place with Pauldarys Bobbys Girl, a nine-year-old mare with Pauldarys Romeo/Concorde bloodlines that joined her a little over 12 months ago. And Sienna made it a good day at the office by taking the third and final Hickstead place on new ride Billy Wish, a Coriall/Carthago Z seven-year-old mare that jumped as a horse with Jess Dimmock last year.
Madison Jamison and Flavia slipped into fourth with Allana Clutterbuck on Atomic du Bary in fifth and Toby Dean riding Atlantic Hope in sixth.
Sandy McLean was in winning form with a hat-trick of victories. He headed the Blue Chip JC/JA Pro Sparkle on Tobar King. Jumping in this class as a warm-up, Bobbie and Cisco Bay had fired a warning shot as to their form here to take second before winning the big class. Nicole Lockhead Anderson took third on Gangnam Style with Fraser Reed’s Jiminy Cricket in fourth, Sarah Mackmin fifth on Hot Shot Bacardi and Oli Fletcher’s The Bobster in sixth.
And Sandy scored handsomely in the British Showjumping 148cm special, taking the top two on Red Flamenco and Castle Hill Clover. Josie Symons netted third with Razorlite II and Antonia Platt eased Sligo Furisto Flight into fourth place.
Sandy had taken a win on day one in the 1.05m aboard Mountmary Edna, pushing Molly Faulkner into second and third with Kildun Marathon and Catherston Nutsafe. Lily Grimwade took fourth on My Champagne Supernova ahead of fifth-placed Alice Bradford on Zara Queen of Hearts and Nicole Lockhead Anderson’s Running Bear in sixth.
Nicole denied Sandy another win in the 1.10m, sandwiching him into second on Red Flamenco with winner Pochantas and Gangnam Style in third. Nicole also claimed fifth on New Forge Lady. Atlanta Vallionis took fourth on Prince Ronan with Lily Freeman Attwood sixth on Capability Brown.
Molly Faulkner landed her own win in the newcomers, taking the top two places on Catherston Nutsafe and Kildun Marathon. Flo Norris was third aboard Craughwell Boy, relegating Freya Russell to fourth on Heartbreak Express. Victoria Fuller jumped into fifth on KPDA Peace and Tatiane Mauree finished sixth on Horseabout Zibu.
Amy Barrett guided Cobra Kaa into victory in the Foxhunter, just ahead of Molly Faulkner and Sycamore Lad in second. Sarah Mackmin took third with Limited Edition VIII and Kelly Wecke was fourth on Clonlara Stripe.
Daisy McKinlay triumphed in the 1.10m, easing Spot the Go Jo ahead of second-placed Stasher Gwynn-Jones and Maximus Gladiator. Ella Garlick and Pico 212 claimed third.
Jodie Burchmore Eames and the consistent Ron Burgundy claimed the 1m open from Lucy Swift and Atlantic Hill. Isobel Codd stood third on Llanmore Ammeretto with Grace Patrick fourth on Connie IV and Meg Acomb taking fifth with Carton Tom.
Georgina Wareham got the show off to a great start with the top two places of the initial 95cm open, riding Sharelle into the top spot and taking second on Zannina Z. Izzy Merecki took third on Alfie Moon with Sienna Charles and Billy Wish fourth and Demi Dole in fifth on Haughton Calassic.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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