Charlie Dawson revs up at Bishop Burton
Charlie Dawson is Hickstead-bound after topping the winter B and C on TJM Henry de Reve on the final day of Bishop Burton’s development classic.
Nine of 27 reached the jump-off, Vicky Bevan most unlucky not to join them after collecting afrustrating time fault on Denzel, and three provided double clears. But Charlie found the shortest track on the Hermes de Reve 13-year-old Henry into victory by 2.26 sec.
Alex Thompson jumped into second on Cathalina V, a Catoki/Sandro eight-year-old and HOYS 2016 talentseekers finalist. Eve Staveley produced the only other double clear for third, missing qualification by 1.41 sec. Nicola Barry picked up fourth and fifth on Darien II and True Blue III with Chantelle Duggan in sixth on Portphilip Queen and Paul Bevan in seventh aboard Coco Vittorio.
Rachael Connor jumped to the top in the 1.30m on her consistent HOYS 2016 newcomer finalist Fantastic, a Cantos/Oklund seven-year-old who is already through to Hickstead’s B and C final after winning at Morris. They took the win here with a 0.55 sec advantage over Scarlett Ward and Calista H, a 13-year-old German-bred mare who has recently returned to competition after a holiday. Alife Bradstock popped Evert into third with Paul Bevans’ scopey Deangelo II in fourth. Rachael also picked up fifth on Zaha with Jack Whitaker in sixth on Street Hassel.
The earlier classes were dominated by husband and wife team Adam and Jessica Botham.
Adam claimed the winter 1.25m to take the top Blue Chip championships qualifying spot on the Quasimodo Z nine-year-old Demograaf. Nine provided double clears, but Adam was way ahead on the clock to take the win by 2.48 sec. William Bayes Jones claimed second on the Concorde 20-year-old Panacee with Tracey Holder taking third on Valleur van het Lindehof. Emma Lovegrove guided Codean into fourth and claimed sixth on Alfie 192 with Christopher Whittle on Mary T sandwiched inot fifth. Taking the final two qualifying places was Eve Staveley’s Shadow in seventh and Katie Pytches in eighth on Jolie Fleur van de Noordheuvel.
Adam doubled up in the newcomers, winning on a new ride, the six-year-old Armstrong VD Kapel/Hamlet stallion Armageddon JVH Z, by 2.28 sec. Alex Thompson rode into second on the six-year-old Dewpoint Diamond with Daniella Johnston and Elton John II in third. Tracy Holder took fifth aboard Crispina Z and Kay Palmer claimed fifth on Ataire.
And Jessica commandingly laid claim to the Foxhunter on the Karandasj/Julio Mariner 10-year-old Cliche III to win by three and a half sec. Alex Thompson pushed Gery Ward’s Armitage/Esteban seven-year-old Arrietty into second with Charlotte Barry’s Casall/Contender seven-year-old Cludo IV in third. Faye Raw took fourth on Un Fils de Fuego with Alfie Bradstock fifth on Platinum G and Suzanne Golding claimed sixth on Antigone E Z.
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