Rachael Connor rules at Weston Lawns


Defying the odds against over 100 starters, Rachael Connor lifted the top two places in the Addington Manor talentseekers at Weston Lawns, qualifying two seven-year-olds for the HOYS final.

With 38 jumping a first round clear over course-designer David Cole's 12-fence track, the clock played a major part, but Rachael had the win sewn up from ninth draw on the super-careful Fantastic, executing tight turns and risking a gallop to the final tall vertical.

“The more you dare her, the better she is,” said Rachael on the Casantos/Oklund mare, a winner in Bonheiden three weeks ago.

And the only one to come near her ulta-fast time was Rachael herself, slotting Zaha II (Otangelo/Indorado) into second just half a sec in arrears.

Bumble Thomas was almost five sec behind the winning time, but the effort on the former dressage horse Aramis was sufficient for the third qualifying spot. Joe Clayton’s early round with the nine-year-old Cally V is also HOYS-bound in fourth place. Just missing out in fifth was Paul Bevan with a good double clear on Coco Vittorio, and Angie Thompson’s Carrandos took sixth.

Louise Saywell was smooth and quick to take the £500 to the winner 1.40m with Graham Ward’s scopey Feigtling. Louise has recently returned from Cagnes-sur-Mer in France, where the consistent Chicago Z/Darco 12-year-old notched up two wins, and it showed here. They were very much in tune to take this 24-strong single phase class by 1.09 sec.

Joe Clayton galloped into second on Jane Heerbeck’s Indoctro 10-year-old Carolus K with Mennell Watson in third aboard Helen van Heyningen’s game little stallion Whisper in the Wind. Tom Whitaker slotted the eight-year-old Ebelina W into fourth with Ronnie Jones taking fifth on Realt Na Carraig.

Stevie Crosby galloped ahead to take the 1.30m on the Campostello 12-year-old stallion TGF Rubin, pushing Danielle Farnsworth and Claddagh Iroko into second. Faye Adams rode Ebriolita into third with Derek Morton on Beech Leys in fourth and Danielle also netting fifth on Cornascriebe Ferro.

Derek Morton topped the B and C with the nine-year-old Indoctro mare Double Dutch CKV with more than a sec to spare, relegating Lisa Jones and Diana P to second place. Georgia Lovett slotted Westend Gunner into third in the 30-strong class, with Lucy Warren’s Deltina fourth and David Coombs Gyde in fifth on Freddie 55.

Mark Townshend headed day one’s Foxhunter with the nine-year-old Dejavu II with 1.23 sec in hand. James Williams guided Penumbra into second with Lance Whitehouse’s Whitesparke Blanko in third. Danielle Cuomo claimed fourth on Quality Street III just ahead of Carron Nicol and Nistria VD Winning Z – winner of the Welsh Masters six-year-old title for Matt Sampson.

Oscar Stewart claimed day one’s 1.20m on the Cheenook 10-year-old Rumbolds Phoebe, pushing Victoria Wight and the Dutch Capitol nine-year-old Don Adelheid Z into second. Laura Watts picked up third on the 12-year-old Darko Supreme (Mr Darcy/Carnaval Drum) with Michael Jones in fourth on Icarus van het Drongengoed PK2 and Mark Townshend fifth aboard Electra VI.

On day two, Mark Williams claimed the Foxhunter with the Diarado seven-year-old Greenacres Diadoro by 3.40 sec from Zoe Potter on Manderville Crescendo. Claire Robertson slotted Galaxy H and Danoontje into third and fifth, sandwiching Michael Potter into fourth on Grandee II.

Christina Kenyon-Richardson topped day’ two’s 1.20m on the Temple Calypso 10-year-old Calypsos Rampant Million, 0.30 sec ahead of Lucinda Turner in second on Anita II. Sarah Holmes rode Sir Cassiano into third with Samantha Scott fourth on Zingaro II and fifth going to John Daker and Bow House Red.

Joe Trunkfield posted a double on day one, taking the 1.05m and newcomer classes in fine style, and underscored his form by also claiming third in both classes. The six-year-old mare SLF Vivendi headed the 1.05m for Joe, who also guided Abryere van de Rietvenne into third, sandwiching Lauren Poole’s Just Albert II into second. Lauren also took fourth on Ejstrups Sirocco and Laura Watts eased Centuro V into fifth.

In the newcomers, Joe claimed first on the Kojak/Purioso seven-year-old Frieda B and third with Iwa Ella. David Coombs Gyde slotted Fuego di mi Corazon into second with Adam Ellery picking up fourth and Lauren Poole’s Camillo fifth.

Danielle Collins topped the 1.10m on the 10-year-old Ballykenry Riley from second-placed Helen Ward with Ut du Feugre. Helen also claimed fourth on Korale FM behind Molly Baker’s Urame III and Amy Fletcher took fifth aboard Double Twist.

In an unusual result, the first three in the 85cm amateur and British novice/90cm were the same. Nicola Roe took both wins on the Sir Graditz 16-year-old Sockburn Impeccable with Colin Field second on Tenor and Alexandra Hemming third aboard Sebastian’s Legacy.

And Nicola notched up a hat-trick with another win in the 95cm amateur, heading the class on the Dick Z 16-year-old Urano III and taking second with Starlux. Chloe Heydon took third on Cioletta ahead of fourth-placed Joanne Hayward on Just Jimmy and Alexandra Butterworth, in fifth on HSH Evita.

Joanne Fennell topped the 1.05m amateur on the Cardento 11-year-old Bantasia with Bethan and Rhyme D Euro in second. Julia Sykes netted third on Viper B with Zoe Lindley Smith fourth on Claudius Maximus and Sally McAliece’s Westside Guinness fifth.

Chloe Haydon scored a hat-trick on the Tjungske 10-year-old Cioletta. The pair triumphed in day one’s discovery/1m, relegating Sharon Taylor’s Kiers Rumour. Bethan Mail took third on Rhyme D Euro with Hannah Cox fourth riding Firstsign B and Jemima Westlake fifth aboard Dazzling Mind.

In the 1.05m, Kerry Hollowell laid claim to second on the 17-year-old Little Rock II, relegating Clare Trogisch on Zorro VI into third. Laura Amos rode Woodstock II into fourth just in front of Emily Machon’s fifth-placed Eisland Times.

And on Cioletta Chloe also headed the 1m open with L Simpson second on Porland du Quesnoy and third going to Sharon on Kiers Rumour.

Steph Gunn doubled up with newcomer and 1.15m wins on the 12-year-old mare Mooi Merrie LS. She used her final draw to maximum effect in the newcomers to win by mre than three sec. Adam Ellery took second on Drewmain Dark Star with Rose-Marie Kenyon in third aboard Top Shot Million. Fourth was shared equally by Ashish Lamaye on El Nino V and Paisley Randle with Bella XII.

And in the 1.15m, the consistent pair pushed Jade Wilson Ayres into second on Wendy 3D and Jessica Botham in third on Dassett Appeal.

Bianca Mitchell landed day two’s discovery on Farina at the expense of Joe Trunkfield, in second on Ivory to Boogie VHP. Donna Callaghan took third with Hamalinde P, relegating Isabel Meyrick’s Cayenne Z III to fourth and Zoe Lindley Smith into fifth on Claudius Maximus.

Ben Cousins headed day two’s British novice aboard Colasall with Courtney Oregan in second on Striker III. Joe Trunkfield took third with Imeraldretto I with Darren Walsh fourth on Sparks 55 and Megan Coverntry picking up fifth with Weston Blackbird.

Laura Simpson on Porland du Quesnoy took second in the 1m with Sharon Taylor’s Keirs Rumour third. Jessica Macey took fourth on Coolin Lucky Star and Emily Machon was fifth aboard Eisland Times.

Sharon Taylor topped day two’s 90cm with Kiers Rumour, finishing ahead of Ian Marklew in second on Portroyal. Sharon Botterill claimed third on Gem II with Damian Vause in fourth aboard My Other Million and Donna Cope in fifth on TGF Tinkerbell.

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