Louise Saywell hits the top spot at Bishop Burton

An on-form Louise Saywell galloped away with the 1.40m on the middle day of Bishop Burton’s development classic with Graham Ward’s Feigtling.

Partnerships with recent form abroad battled it out in the jump-off, where eight of the initial 28 came forward. But Louise had the upper hand with two rides, taking the win on Chicago Z/Darco 12-year-old Feigtling and settling for third aboard the Acorado/Landor S 14-year-old Peiter VI. Annabel Shields fought hard with the consistent Wet Wet Wet, and sandwiched the Mr Blue gelding into second, 0.63 behind Louise and Feigtling.

Laura Stephenson took fourth on Catherston Connor with Alex Thompson’s Cathalina fifth and Graham Lovegrove in sixth aboard Cento Love.

Adam Botham topped the winter grade C to take the top qualifying spot for the Addington Manor Spring finals on the eight-year-old Quarrycrest Reflection (Clover Echo/Cavalier Royale).

Seven reached the jump-off here with Adam taking the win with the only double clear. Al Yaqub eased the seven-year-old Oligar Angelus into second with Laura Stephenson’s Centino Gold taking third. Harrison Hattea picked up the final qualifying place on Fourth of July II. Harry Whall was fifth on If Ever III and James Whitaker jumped into sixth on Mersley Ezri.

Forty-eight contended the SEIB winter novice, with Annabel Shields guiding chance ride Lobke VD Noordheuvel into the top spot to ensure a finalist place at Hickstead.

Fourteen contended the jump-off, but Annabel had it all sewn up in her first competition with Amy Ryan's Quality Time/Cicero six-year-old to win by 0.47 sec.

"Amy is off injured and this was the first time I'd sat on her," said Annabel.

Angela Tate and the Randi eight-year-old Radley claimed the second Royal International qualifying spot.

Adrian Speight must be considered very unlucky. After taking third at Solihull last week on Gorky and just missing out on Hickstead, he repeated the same result here at Bishop Burton. Alfie Bradstock took fourth on Platinum G with Lidija Drakulic on Parkmore Rowan in fifth and Lynn Montgomerie claimed sixth on Gold Fever VH.

Lynn and the Belgian-bred 11-year-old mare Gold Fever had topped the initial newcomers with a 0.52 sec advantage. Harry Whall guided the Baloubet du Rouet/Argentinus six-year-old Baloubet de Sequine into second ahead of Nicola Barry’s the five-year-old Dakar VDL/Lancelot stallion Heartdancer H. Samantha Broadhead took fourth on Copperwood with Laura Stephenson in fifth aboard Fabricioin de Peei and Charlie Dawson was sixth on MB River Congo.

Charlie headed the Foxhunter on the eight-year-old MB Landini, taking the win by three sec over Adrian Speight’s Dante B. Jessica Botham eased Cliche III into third with Sarah Borthwick fourth on Blatinka, Charlotte Barry’s UFO Z took fifth and Ondine King pushed Quister Loma SB into sixth.

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