Alex Gill jumps to the top on the final day at Pyecombe


Alex Gill outjumped all rivals to land the £400-to-the-winner 1.40m with Calido Boy on the final day at Pyecombe’s four day meeting – one of their busiest and most popular shows so far.

Thirty-four contended the class, with Alex pulling out all the stops on the German-bred 13-year-old, a ride he took on in February. Nicole Pavitt slotted Old Lodge’s Shahenaz into second with Phillip Miller third and fifth on Brendon Stud’s two mares, the Unbelievable Darco daughter Unbelievable Lady and the Caretino Glory 11-year-old Sussex Caretino. William Funnell was sandwiched into fourth on Billy Angelo.

Nicole went one better in the 1.30m, taking victory on the home-bred Xena 16, a seven-year-old Warrior daughter out of the Equador mare Gemmaire. Julien Fueillerac settled for second on One Kamula with Sally Goding in third on Tiger Millie II. Steven Franks eased Amethyst V into fourth with Helen Wilson and DHI Zancorgino fifth in the 50-strong class.

Derek McCoppin produced the fastest time of the class to top the 1.20m on the German-bred 13-year-old Gicco II, pushing Steven Franks and Billy Ginger into second. A multi-winner over the last three days, Leesa long had to settle for third and fifth on this occasion aboard Britannicus and Tammys Girl. Alice Palmer guided Whiterock Lucky Lady into fourth.

But Leesa and Tammys Girl outpaced all in the 1.10m, winning from Hayley Webster in second on Trevoulter Lady Utah. Victoria Cooper took third on Caspen Retto with Guy Elson fourth on Sable Madaline and Southerly Roberts in fifth with Tinx.

Pippa Goddard topped the 46-entry Foxhunter with the Cascall six-year-old mare Toki II and also picked up fifth aboard the seven-year-old No Name TW. William Funnell rode Billy Rhodes into second with Kendall Neath third on Garco de Lui and Emily Elliott claimed fourth on Karthago de Cavron.

Ben Walker clinched victory on Truly Don, Brendon Stud’s promising seven-year-old Don VHP Z/Tropic Star stallion. Alex Biship jumped into second on Acca Lou and Derek McCoppin stood third with Amazon JD. Pippa Goddard was fourth on Hot Bluebird and Emily Elliott filled fifth spot on Karthago de Cavron.

Samantha Baker topped the discovery with the five-year-old Millamore II, relegating Katelyn Brown’s nine-year-old Celine Darco into second. Jane Annett rode Cliasira BH into third with Tristan Gray in fourth on Hongkong and Aoife O’Connor claimed fifth on Billy van Pelt.

Already a winner earlier in the show, Hannah Tiley lifted the top two in the 1m open with e 11-year-old Mojave and Kingstown Cavalier 10-year-old Dun Over. Heather Broad slotted Caretina II BFZ into third.

Charlotte McKee stormed into the top spot of the Scope 95cm qualifier on the Cevin Z/Vechta seven-year-old Billy Blitz to deny Hannah another win on Mojava. Milly Philips took third on Belladona with Olivia Carroll fourth with Afterglows and Heather Broad in fifth on Caretina II BFZ.

Flora Phillips heldoff 37 challenges to head the British novice on the seven-year-old mare Garrida Keepin the Image. Jo Bunnell-Thompson took second on Faderline with Fabrianne Boxall in third on Puzzles Angeni. Eilenn Beach rode into fourth with Matham Little Mill and Guy Elson claimed fifth on Brionas King Leo.

Alex Hudson triumphed in the Graham Heath Equine debut novice on Temple Carrera, a 13-year-old mare by Temple Cenarcos Z. Matthew Wade eased into second on Etoile Courageous with Crrina Meads third aboard Nilved Initium Novum and Deborah Burrell filled fourth and fifth with Imperial Tangle and Darker Shades of Grey.

Kristie Grimster doubled up with 80cm and 90cm wins. She jumped to the top of the 80cm on Oakfield Rua Kelly with Sharon Garner in second riding Howells Bank JJB. Deborah and Darker Shades of Grey claimed third with Craig Hills fourth on Fuegos Fair Game and Corrina Meads took fifth on Nilved Initium Novum.

And the 90cm also belonged to Kristie, on this occasion riding the 12-year-old mare Skyline II. Katelyn Brown rode into second on Corgary Spirit with Charlotte McKee’s Billy Blitz third.

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