Leonie Aitkenhead concludes Chepstow International with a win

Leonie Aitkenhead set a sizzling early target to land the 1* gold tour grand prix on the final day at Chepstow International with Westpoint Ferdinand.

It was the first show since July for the Fulton-sired 15-year-old, and he made short work of the seven-strong jump-off under Leonie’s guidance and they remained ahead to win by almost two and a half sec.

“I’ve not had the best show, but this has made up for it a little,” said Leonie, 19.

Sarah Williams claimed second on the Indorado/Concorde 10-year-old Conamore with Jackson Reed-Stephenson in third aboard Exception. Ella Jones used her final draw to jump into fourth on Back in Action with Carla Jane Rolfe in fifth on Tails du Montois and Ben Clark took sixth riding Falanta.

Julian Mincher left the best until last, maxing on his final draw in the seven-horse decider to lift the 1* silver tour grand prix title on Clare Holland’s Irish 11-year-old Calista, clinching the win by 0.73 sec.

“She wants to win and takes the turns before I even though about it,” said Julian, who gained the ride in December.

Stacey Cook slotted the Victor van Erpekom eight-year-old Ninola into second with Hollie Pearce’s early round on Ryan’s Hollie taking third. Flo Norris took fourth with Darling HDH and Ben Clark claimed fifth on Jancovica. Sophie Garfield-Bennett eased Cirmosa into sixth with Alex Somerville-Cotton seventh aboard Candela 27.

Harry Bateman was unbeatable in the five-year-old grand prix, lifting the top two places with Lucy Wood’s Havanna and Heerdelon. His breath-taking opener on the Toulon/Lux mare Heerdelon remained unchallenged until second ride Havanna (Crespo VDL/Ovidius) wiped a further 0.31 sec from the time to claim victory.

“They both had six months off after a successful four-year-old year, and they amaze us every day with how they have come on,” said Harry.

Lancashire-based Lithuanian Donny Janciauskas slotted Cool Quarz into third with Jackson Reed-Stephenson fourth aboardHaileys. Vanessa Jobson-Scott claimed fifth on Muna VD Bisschop and Charlotte Arnold was sixth on Jeppesen K.

Anneliese Aitken maxed on her final draw to claim victory in the children-on-horses grand prix. Eleven of the 21 starters provided initial clears with Angel Tough taking an early lead on Callumbus. But Anneliese ensured her 10 hour trip from Scotland was worthwhile, angling fences and cutting corners to the quick on the OBOS Quality eight-year-old to win by three quarters of a sec.

Oli Fletcher – a winner on days one and two with Dahar – had to settle for third on this occasion and Anneliese also picked up fourth on second ride Zorland. Jocasta Symons took fifth on Concordette RR and sixth went to Matilda Lanni on Newbridges Master Brown.

A double winner in the 2* earlier in the week with a medium tour 1.35m victory on Quidde de Buisson Z and small tour accumulator victor aboard Greenvale Cara, Mark Edwards also claimed multiple wins in the national classes over the week, heading no less than nine classes. Eternal Evolution topped three discovery classes, Ragnors Orizzonte took two newcomer classes and Flying Tinker headed another, Harley H doubled up in the Foxhunter/1.20m classes and Carlson took a first and a second in the British novice, with Thomas Brooke taking second in the first British novice. A pretty good week, all told.

Full results can be found at: https://www.mizoneventservices.com/chepstow-international

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