Mennell Watson comes out on top at Solihull

Mennell Watson has hit a winning streak. A winner in South View’s winter 1.35m qualifier just five days earlier, Mennell and Helen van Heyningen’s home-bred Cobretti stallion Whisper in the Wind did it again, doubling up to win both 1.40m classes at Solihull Riding Club. In Thursday’s class, the pair used the final draw in the six-horse decider to take the 1.40m by 0.70 sec.

Helen Tredwell claimed second on her home-bred Vangelis S daughter Larksong with John Crippen netting third aboard Bling Bling. Rose Moss took fourth with Weston and Rebecca Ravillious picked up fifth on Marinas Z.

And on Friday, Mennell and Whisper topped the 11-strong jump-off to win by 0.15 sec, also taking third with the 14-year-old Russel Outcast.

Paul Bevan took second on the talented Deangelo II, a Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve/Kashmir van Schuttershof nine-year-old at his fifth show back since November following a break. Peter Maloney riding for Team Harmony eased Datlantique Royale into fourth with Pippa Allen fifth on Hope Springs and Alex Gill in sixth on Billy Fraulein.

John Crippen posted a hat-trick of wins. He lifted the top two in Thursday’s 1.30m, winning on the Numero Uno 10-year-old Content and taking second with the 10-year-old Call Me Cash (pictured), 0.60 sec separating the two. Helen Tredwell took third on Balouetta with Miles Pearson on Castiel in fourth and Danny McGlynn fifth on Atletico van D'Abelendreef.

John also topped the initial Foxhunter with the Cardento/Chin Chin eight-year-old Jorki, winning by a generous 2.15 sec margin. Rebecca Ravillious claimed second on Billy Macbeth with Camille Crow in third on Bommel H and Jamie Wingrove took fourth aboard Heartstring.

The third win for John came in a newcomer class, the eight-year-old Rumers Nabab (Nabab de Reve/Chin Chin) jumping into victory by 0.78 sec. Greg Hill netted second with Quentos II and Natalie Canning claimed third on Archfield Romeo. Mark Townshend eased Harena into fourth with Camille Crown in fifth and sixth on Frankie VI and Fury IV.

Mennell had to settle for second in the initial 1.30m on the Darius eight-year-old Domino VII, relegated by Peter Maloney on Babilonia by 1.48 sec. John Crippen picked up third on Veyron Lassergut.

The sole rider to negotiate an inside turn to the planks, Peter Maloney headed the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C on a new ride of three weeks, Team Harmony’s Babilonia, a Carano/Caretino 12-year-old mare. John Crippen guided Call Me Cash into second, 1.13 sec in arrears. First to go in the 14-strong jump-off Corinne Collins took third on Bugatti B with Angie Thompson on Bayard IV in fourth and Tom Whitaker’s Creevagh Tompico in fifth. Also taking Blue Chip finalist places was Helen Tredwell in sixth and eighth on Remi Argenteaux and Galtur and seventh-placed Bumble Thomas on Aramis.

Abi Walters topped the Blue Chip Karma performance on the Irish-bred Loughnatousa Goresbridge. Thirty-five initially contended this class with 13 coming forward for the jump-off, Abi and the Clover Brigade/Slyguff Joker VII 16-year-old Gorsebridge claiming the win from fourth draw by 1.68 sec.

Samantha Oliver jumped into second on Gluk, a Berlin/Heartbreaker six-year-old bought 15 months ago. Greg Hill jumped into third on Mitchell Moor’s Big Ben VI and Helen Tredwell netted fourth on Rowland Fernyhough’s Calcourt Fidibus. Also picking up Blue Chip qualification places was Mennell Watson on Cracker T in fifth, Sophie Handley took sixth on Luv Orla Me, Robert Atkinson on seventh-placed Dolia and Liz Forrester with Furst Bismark in eighth.

Paul Bevan jumped to the top in the 1.25m on the Vittorio/Voltaire 10-year-old Coco Vittorio, taking the win by 1.10 sec. Amanda Bywater claimed second on Triple Twist with Pippa Allen in third on Cardamon. Rebecca Ravillious rode into fourth on Billy Macbeth with Corinne Collins in fifth on Cruise King and Ross McDonald sixth on Butch Cassidy.

Jessica Botham headed the 1.15m with the 11-year-old mare Utah’s Utopia, winning by just 0.01 sec over second-placed Amanda Routledge and Caloundra van de Koekoek. Amanda also picked up fifth on Udansar M. John Steels took third with Baleros Ball and Tegan Jones slipped into fourth on Apart EA.

Not to be outdone, Jessica’s husband Adam claimed his own win in Thursday’s newcomers, the six-year-old Lochness van de Klotheof outpacing all to win by 0.47 sec. Hayley Stevens jumped into second on Billy Bo Jangle also took fourth with Bruno III. David Coombs Gyde rode into third on Morelands Beginning with John Crippen in fifth on Cash and Candles Lassergut and Abi Walters in sixth aboard Loughnatousa Napoleon.

Michael Jones topped Friday’s Foxhunter with the Ustinov eight-year-old mare Elpaola, claiming the £200 first prize from John Steels on Baleros Ball by 0.85 sec. Amanda Bywater took third on Triple Twist with Alexander Benton on Ardnore Vivendi in fourth. Mark Townshend on Faro III took fifth with William Levett in sixth aboard Athlett.

Rebecca Mason took Friday’s newcomers on the Vangelis S/William Curtis five-year-old Vancurtis, finishing 0.34 sec ahead of John Steels with High Hope DD. John Crippen claimed third aboard Cash and Diamond Lassergut with Rose Moss fourth on African Affair and William Levett took fifth on Athlett.

David Coombs Gyde took the 1m open on the Dubai sired six-year-old Goofy III with Amanda Routledge in second on Jodi’s Response and Brandon Stalker picked up third aboard Remi Vantarsi.

Megan Ellett claimed the discovery riding the 10-year-old The Legend of Zorro, beating Mark Townshend’s Harena into second. David Coombs Gyde jumped into third on Morelands Beginning and Jessica Botham was fourth on NPS Jack.

Abbie Dawes netted the British novice with the six-year-old Valento I, just 0.15 sec quicker than second-placed Abi Walters on Quite Stormy. Camille Crow picked up third and fourth with Vital Heart and Amiro Penny.

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