Paul Barker hits a happy note at Chepstow

Paul Barker’s late round on the speedy Happy Boy claimed in the big tour 1.40m two-phase on day two at Chepstow International. The Kannan/Kimball 10-year-old gelding cut corners and darted between fences to win by 1.93 sec under Paul’s expert guidance.

Sammie Coffin’s brief lead was cut to second on the 11-year-old Bellamy II (Cardento/Baloubet du Rout) with Douglas Duffin and Quidam BZ in third. Mark Edwards’ long-time lead on Quidde du Buisson Z claimed an eventual fourth place with Geoff Billington’s ELO in fifth and Matt Sampson eased Carron Nicol’s Jaguar VD Berghoeve into sixth in the 60-strong class.

Matt topped the medium tour 1.35m speed, beating 93 rivals to take victory on Billy Tortilla.

“He’s such a trier and so competitive,” said Matt, wimmer of the Welsh Masters gentleman’s title here just two weeks earlier on this Billy Mexico nine-year-old.

Adam Botham’s supreme effort on the Quasimodo Z nine-year-ld Demograaf took second some 1.88 sec in arrears. Kerry Brennan slotted Dyanmic III into third with Charlie Dawson’s TJM Henry de Reve in fourth. Keith Shore took fifth aboard Coriander Van’t Vennehof with Faye Adams and Ebriolita in sixth.

Mark Edwards outpaced all 70 in the small tour 1.30m accumulator with maximum points and 1.39 sec in hand on the eight-year-old Greenvale Cara. They were on form, having headed the Welsh Masters 1.30m on grass final here just two weeks earlier.

David Murdoch brought Encore into second with Matt Sampson on Roi in third. Chloe Winchester rode Houpette into fourth with Sammie Coffin fifth on Devils Kiss and William Fletcher claimed sixth on Glory Rose.

Chloe Reynolds and Grenadier Volo had to concede to second in the Welsh Masters six-year-old final two weeks ago, but they returned to the top spot in the six-year-old accumulator. Chloe and the Numero Uno/Quidam de Revel gelding have established a great partnership, and they made short work of the track to win by 0.90 sec.

Sophie Hillier guided Gindy Carati DJ into second in the 52-strong class – where 34 posted maxmum scores – with Rosie Gunn on Jagerbomb in third. Zoe Smith eased Garcia Lente into fourth with Joe Fernyhough on Calcourt Quickstep in fifth and Amy Ovens jumped into sixth aboard Clever Guess.

Winner of the silver tour 1.20m just 24 hours earlier, Julian Mincher stepped up the 11-year-old Calista to the gold tour 1.25m accumulator, and promptly headed the class. Twelve of the 50 starters recorded maximum points with Julian taking a 0.94 sec victory. Thursday’s winner Chloe Winchester and Sportsfield Our Clare had to settle for second on this occasion with Stacey Cook’s Ninola in third. Sarah Williams rode Conamore into fourth with Amy Ovens on F Palma fifth and Adam Boham aboard Dakota in sixth.

Holly Hammond jumped into the top spot of the silver tour 1.20m speed with Bellissima, winning by 0.41 sec. Jessica Botham chased hard to take second on Utah’s Utopia with Harry Bateman’s Venus du Dun in third. Amy Pritchard claimed fourth on Hellza Poppin II with Holly Coles fifth aboard Elamo Ustina and Chelsea Skelton took sixth on Cheleko GB Z.

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