Paul Barker hits winning form in Scotland
Paul Barker got Morris Equestrian Centre’s three-day development classic off to a great start with two of the top three places in the 1.40m.
Only 18 initially contended this speed class, with Paul claiming victory on the 12-year-old Sandors Legacy II with a 0.44 sec advantage. Paul brought second ride, the Lux Z/Damiro 12-year-old Lux Fabulous, into third, sandwiching Johnathan Dixon into second on the Canturo 11-year-old Gantico. Holly Miller provided the only other clear round for fourth on HHS Dramarko. Annabel Shields produced the fastest time of the class on Carnoneybridge Challenger, but a costly four faults dropped them from victory to fifth, and Chris Smith netted sixth on Bono L.
Paul was in the running for the 1.30m, but had to concede the win to a speedy Aimee Bell as she claimed a narrow 0.06 sec win on the Claudio’s Son 15-year-old Cameron Poe. Paul took second and third with Lux Fabulous and Happy Boy and also claimed sixth on Sandors Legacy. Eight double clears were recorded in the 11-strong jump-off with Rachel Walker’s Bo Gi in fourth and Declan Irvine filling fifth place on Horatio van ter Hulst.
Alex McHattie topped the Blue Chip B and C on the 10-year-old Crown Rhodonite daughter Rhodanites Rowenberry, claiming the win in the eight-horse decider by 2.40 sec. Iain Warnock took second on the 13-year-old Harperland Micky Finn with Declan Irivine’s Mystic Independence third and Holly Miller posted the steadiest of the double clears for fourth with Felicio III. Annabel Shields eased Rubin VHS into fifth and Trevor Nicholson took sixth on Drumconnick Verdi. Taking the final two Blue Chip championships qualification places was seventh-placed Chris Smith with Warriors Glory and Sarah Winterbotom with Katie I.
Tom Whitaker jumped to the top in a hotly-contended Foxhunter on the consistent seven-year-old mare Creevagh Tompico, winning by just 0.03 sec. Al Yaqub took second and third on the eight-year-olds Quito du Buisson Z and Cassago and also claimed fith with Oligar Angelus. Donny Janciauskas slotted into fourth on Cool Scendy with Simon Buckley sixth aboard Contessa M.
Declan Irvine headed the 1.20m with just 0.10 sec in hand on the Harlequin du Carel/Clover Hill nine-year-old Keeford Carousel, beating Paul Barker’s Peter Pan 16-year-old U2 II into second place. Laura Hutt eased Wyona into third ahead of Joanne Dixon’s Larino 0087 in fourth. Rachel and Bo Gi claimed fifth with Charlotte Geddes in sixth on Paradise G.
Chris Smith triumphed in the opening newcomers on the seven-year-old mare Kingstar (Diego van de Padenborre/Skippy II), claiming more than two sec in hand over Alister Hippisley-Gatherum on the Emilion six-year-old G-Star. Chris also slotted Millfield Gizelle into sixth spot. Sarah Stevenson took third on Farianne with Charlotte Geddes fourth on The Don and Iian Warnock in fifth aboard Arsouilles Micky Finn.
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