Chloe Reynolds flies to the top at Solihull

Chloe Reynolds took every short option at the gallop with Grenadier Volo to claim the top Hickstead ticket in the SEIB winter novice on the final day of Solihull’s four day meeting.

Only 19 of the 79 starters jumped initial clears over David Cole’s 12-fence track, riders caught out by committed distances which came relentlessly quickly. And third to go Chloe, 18, had the top spot sewn up with her ultra-quick round, winning by an impressive six sec with the Numero Uno x Quidam de Revel six-year-old Grenadier.

“I was third to go, I had to do something special, but he wants to win and I trust him, he’s so consistent,” said Chloe, 18.

Emily Davies claimed the second Royal International place on Julie Milkins’ Girl Power, a six-year-old Mr Blue daughter bought in October and only just broken.

“She’s quick and has been so easy,” said Emily.

Adrian Speight just missed out on Hickstead in third with Gorky, and Tristram Owers picked up fourth on Billy Cookie. Bryan Smith claimed fifth with Tullagh Rose and Claire Robertson was sixth aboard Galaxy H.

Georgia Lovett maxed on her final draw on Westend Gunner to claim the top spot of the winter grade C to qualify for the Addington Manor Spring finals.

Seven of 17 accessed the jump-off with Georgia – a member of the British Showjumping ‘Step up to Gold’ squad – taking the win by 0.11 sec on the 12-year-old Gunner, who is by the French Thoroughbred Amilynx.

“The training on the Step up to Gold has helped enormously, it’s given us guidance and confidence,” said Georgia.

Ran Arbel provided the only other double clear for second on the nine-year-old mare Diona with father and daughter Mark and Lauren Williams claiming the other two finalist tickets on Greenacres Diadoro and Dome van Overis Z in third and fourth.

Joe Fernyhough topped the concluding 1.30m with a quick clear on the 10-year-old Caretino mare Countess II with Sarah Hedges easing the Vantos/Indorado 11-year-old Breaker N into second.

Miles Pearson headed the Foxhunter/grade C with the final round on the Larino seven-year-old Castiel, winning by 2.31 sec. James Williams claimed second place on the seven-year-old Penumbra (Eclips Van Erpekom/Burggraaf), relegating his father Mark into third with Greenacres Diarado. Patricia Pytches took fourth on CES Ballycar Chip and April Barr rode into fifth spot on Bandoeng R.

Bryan Smith jumped into the top spot of the initial newcomers with the nine-year-old mare Cavalleria I, relegating Holly Coles to second place on Ustina. Adam Botham claimed third aboard Jerome du Luot, Abi Walters took fourth on Loughnatousa Napoleon with Joseph Fernyhough in fifth on Calcourt Quickstep and Karen Knight stood in sixth on Too Much Pinot.

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