Tahnia Jordan Jones lands the JA classic at Morris with new ride AKM Beech Comber
Tahnia Jordan Jones sealed her new partnership of one month with the Irish 12-year-old AKM Beech Comber – a finalist in both the HOYS 2016 newcomer and Foxhunter championships for Maia Andrews – with a well-deserved win.
They commandingly topped the Charles Britton Equestrian Construction winter JA classic on Sunday at Morris Equestrian Centre to register their intent to jump at the British Masters in the summer.
Just seven of the 23 starters jumped round one clears, but the raised course set tougher questions and, in a repeat of Saturday’s class, only two posted double clears to go into a head-to-head situation. And Tahnia was the only one to jump clear again to take the win.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson claimed the second qualifying spot on the Irish-bred 21-year-old Cappagh Supreme.
Fraser Reed – a winner on Quilitymaes Z the day before – brought the Irish 14-year-old Kilcloghan DG Clover into third as the fastest four-faulter in round two.
Bobbie Heath was fourth on Cisco Bay II with Shaunie Greig in fifth and sixth aboard Moonlight Flight and Casino Royale VIII. Madison Jamison – the only other clear in round one – finished seventh on Forthview Master.
Anoushka Mauree was another celebrating a new partnership with a significant victory after taking Sunday’s Hickstead winter JC qualifier on Miami Moonbeam. This nine-year-old gelding, a HOYS newcomer finalist and second in the Foxhunter final for former ride Nicole Kershaw, joined Anoushka at Christmas and this marked their first win. The 38 original competitors were reduced initially to 10 with just seven going forward to the final jump-off. And Anoushka dismissed any pressure, trusting her pony to take victory by almost five sec. Cleo Loizzo laid claim to the second Royal International qualifier on the Irish 10-year-old Banner Girl with the only other jump-off clear.
Tahnia Jordan Jones took third on Jumper with a very quick four faults, and Megan Morris was fourth aboard RS Capello. Alice Weightman slotted Epapke into fifth, Madison Jamison and Cheeky Rafiki finished sixth with Holly Grimwade on Bernaderg Clover in seventh.
Charley Hamilton headed the JC/JA handicap on Novella II, a Numero Uno/Guido 10-year-old mare who finished second in the Hickstead JC final with Megan Taylor and was acquired immediately after jumping in the HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter finals.
Anneliese Aitken was more than seven sec in arrears for second on Dun the Business III and Lottie Mayvers claimed third with Gortahork Maeve. Ella Hammond was fourth on Adams Fancy, Tahnia was fifth aboard AKM Beech Comber and Molly Bennett claimed sixth on Mr Bojangles III.
Sandy McLean scored a Sunday hat-trick of wins. He claimed first and third places in the Horsequest coral on Mountmary Edna and Kippure Lancelot, winning with almost a second in hand. Casey Waisman was sandwiched into second on Bridge Woodie. Elizabeth Baker took fourth on Latinka TJ van Overis and Ailsa Roberts was fifth aboard Little Miss Buttons Blue.
Sandy was also first and third in the 148cm restricted, winning with Tobar King (pictured) by 1.56 sec and taking third on Red Flamenco. Nicole Lockhead Anderson eased Pochantas into second with Isabel Lindsay on Quantico in fourth.
And the 11-year-old stallion Kippure Lancelot repeated Saturday’s newcomers win to make it five wins over the weekend for Sandy, also winner of Saturday’s Foxhunter on Midnight Minuet.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results
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