James Whitaker is a winner on day one at Bishop Burton

James Whitaker galloped ahead of his rivals to take the top spot in the winter 1.35m on Glenavadra Brilliant on day one at Bishop Burton’s development classic.

The 24 entries were halved to 12 for the jump-off, with James taking a 0.74 sec victory. He took over the Irish-bred Brilliant Lad 14-year-old – 2016 Hickstead Derby winner for his brother William – four months ago and this recorded their first win.

Alfie Bradstock guided Canturano/Burggraaf eighth-year-old Evert into second with Stevie Crosby on TGF Rubin taking the third qualifying place. Six jumped double clear with Liane Smith in fourth on Dynamic III, Alex Thompson easing Cathalina V into fifth and Tom Whitaker taking sixth on Ebelina W.

Chantelle Duggan was unbeatable in the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C, providing the only double clear on the nine-year-old mare Hanleen Thisthills to take the top qualifying spot. Rachael Connor was almost six sec faster on the seven-year-old Fantastic (Casantos/Oklund), but a rail on the floor left them in second. Ten produced first round clears with Chloe Page took third on Epke and Brian Thompson claimed fourth and sixth on Aredis de la Rose and Millfield Cascade. Al Yaqub took fifth on Oligar Angelus with Georgia Lovett in seventh on Westend Gunner and Tom Whitaker’s Creevagh Tompico taking the final Blue Chip qualifying tickets.

Jessica Hewitt topped the 1.25m with Chopin, taking the win by 0.56 sec and pushing Paul Barker into second and third on Lux Fabulous and Sandors Legacy II. Amy Duncan slotted Adagio into fourth with Emerson Sender on Philip Spivey’s former ride Monsoon Monday in fifth and James Whitaker on Centomento JX sixth. Nicola Barry took seventh aboard True Blue III in the 33-strong class.

Adrian Speight jumped to the top in the Foxhunter/grade C on the nine-year-old Dante B, finding a 0.81 sec advantage over Jessica Botham on the Karandasj 10-year-old Cliche III in second. Charlotte Barry eased Cludo IV into third just ahead of Andrew Saywell on his son Jake’s usual ride Fantastico. Julia Hardy claimed sixth on Jizebelle van Doude Bosch.

Forty-seven tackled the newcomers with Adam Botham taking victory on the six-year-old Lochness van de Klothoef, finishing with 2.70 sec in hand. Angela Tate was nearest rival on Randi/Gasper eight-year-old Radley with Andrew Saywell in third on Lacondra VD Roshoeve and Adam taking fourth on second ride Armageddon JVH Z. Stevie Crosby was fifth on Peter Allen’s Corness V and Pippa Allen slotted G Star Blue into sixth.

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