Tracy Priest pocketed £350 for winning the 1.40m on day one at the hugely popular Pyecombe four-day extravaganza. It was all about the clock as 14 of the 29 starters posted double clears, but Tracy outpaced them all on the scopey Silverstone/Quick Star 10-year-old Caristo VDL.
Nicole Pavitt chased hard for second place on Douglas/Andiamo nine-year-old Doucardi and Brendon Stud’s Unbelievable Darco/Hamilton 10-year-old Unbelievable Lady made a return visit to her birthplace for third under Phillip Miller’s guidance. Steven Franks slotted Abdul Aziz into fourth just ahead of Nicole’s second ride Hussah TM in fifth with Phillip and Darona in sixth.
Ben Walker galloped ahead to take the 1.30m in fine style on Brendon Stud’s coloured eight-year-old Lady Warrior (Warrior/Samson Esquire). It was no fluke, 18 jumped double clear in this hot jump-off, but Ben found the shortest route to take the win, pushing Nicola Wilson and the Verdi/Heartbreaker 10-year-old Naomi 55 into second. Ruby Fryer eased Hillcrest Amiro into third ahead of fourth-placed Phillip on Darona with William Funnell in fifth on The Drawness and Callum Tusler sixth aboard Convinced I Am.
Always a consistent winner at this superb venue, Leesa Long doubled up with 1.10m and 1.20m wins. She made short work of the 1.20m to claim the top two places on her great campaigners, the 14-year-old Tammys Girl and the Padinus 11-year-old Britannicus. Ben Walker settled for third on Casall de Revel with Steven Franks on Billy Ginger fourth, Nicole Pavitt in fifth with Welshman II and Shaun Marsh picking up sixth aboard Van Douze.
Tammys Girl again came to the fore in the morning’s 1.10m class, with Leesa also picking up third on the Malito de Reves/Quick Star 13-year-old Saber and sixth with the Goldex/Nimmerdor 10-year-old Crystal Cove. Tony Pearson sandwiched the Padinus 14-year-old Pepito D’Arsain into second with Nick Edwards in fourth and fifth on Centendaan and Elastique.
Nicola Wilson doubled up with Foxhunter and discovery wins. She guided Barry Carter’s Zavall VDL/Nassau seven-year-old Fine Fleur to victory in the 54-strong Foxhunter, Nicole Pavitt again having to settle for second place, on this occasion riding the home-bred Warrior seven-year-old Xena 16. Charlene Bastone rode Fyberlinus H into third with Helen Wilson fourth on Keep Cool, Holly Brougham’s Untouchable in fifth and Isabelle George sixth riding Bandio de Romme Z.
Nicola also headed the 52-strong discovery aboard Barry Carter’s Durrant/C Indoctro II five-year-old mare Helga Hufflepuff in a hotly-contended jump-off where 20 posted double clears. Julien Fueillerac jumped into second on Breen Equestrian’s Balloon five-year-old Be Caprivi with Derek McCoppin in third on Hot Air. Charlotte Hayes was fourth on Twistaire Pleasure just ahead of Emily Elliott’s Holiday II in fifth and Tracy Priest claimed sixth with No Kidding Squalls Estate Z.
Nicole Pavitt topped the afternoon’s 1.10m for James Boyce on his 14-year-old mare Caretino Delight, pushing Ben Walker and the seven-year-old Athena into second place.
Alex Bishop topped the newcomers with Ziezoo G, a Quattro/Heartbreaker 13-year-old, relegating Libby-Rose Newman and the six-year-old Gasiloma SB to second. Harriet Upton brought Kilkenny Lady into third with Clare Reynolds fourth aboard Pikachu. Helen Wilson took fifth on Scarragh Silver and Nicole Pavitt rode HC Cornet into sixth.
Cordelia Warburton held off challenges from 20 other rides to lift the top two places in the 1m with the Ustinov 11-year-old Brownson M and the 11-year-old mare Cappagh Uno. Faye Noble-Evans came closest for third on Tica II with Kay Roberts in fourth on Bouncing Diamond Lilly and Lisa Declerk fifth on Cesare II.
A total of 57 contenders tackled the British novice with Sophie Buck providing the quickest round to win on the Cicero/Zeoliet eight-year-old Jassin. Natalie Palmer jumped into second aboard the 10-year-old mare Soriek ahead of third-placed William Plunkett with Figaro XX. Michelle Hoad claimed fourth on Lenny B with Ben Walker on Lady Glory II fifth and Michaela Thompson sixth with Kabo Verdi.
Bryony Padwick and the evergreen 17-year-old Tiffany II showed they still have a turn of speed to head the 90cm. Tony Pearson and the seven-year-old Conamore III claimed second with Tracy Giles in third aboard the 18-year-old Pikatshoe V. Dinah Smith and Culmore JJ took fourth ahead of Sophie Bognar in fifth on Almiro van de Flandria.
Dinah and the Irish 10-year-old 148cm Culmore JJ landed their own win the 80cm, outpacing Rebecca Harris, in second on Timber O’Toole. Judi Piper-Dadswell took third with Grantstown Sandman and Susan Martin claimed fourth aboard Oscar III.
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