Laura Mantel makes a triumphant return to Pyecombe

Laura Mantel made a winning return to Pyecombe with Glory B V, winning her first area trial in fine style to pick up a handsome £1,000 winner’s purse.

The pair had taken last month’s top-billed 1.50m at the Sussex venue a week after lifting the Welsh Master ladies title at the David Broome Event Centre.

“She was jumping out of her skin and made it feel easy, she loves the surface here,” said Laura on Liz Howe’s home-bred, ultra-consistent mare (Caretino Glory/Animo).

Fifteen of the 29 starters gained first round clears to make for a hot jump-off, run in reverse order of merit with the fastest in the first round taking the advantageous final draw. In the penultimate draw, Laura was chasing leader Phillip Miller on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Unbelievable Lady – a 10-year-old Unbelievable Darco daughter born here – and the on-form Phillip was also drawn last on the speedy Sussex Caretino – another born at the Sussex venue.

There was no time to lose! But Laura came out fighting and found all the short cuts on the 10-year-old mare to secure a win by almost two sec. Phillip chased hard on Brendon Stud’s Sussex Caretino – who shares her sire with Glory B V – but a rail down saw their hopes fade fast.

Laura and Glory B had fired a warning shot in day one’s 1.40m, taking second to Jay Halim’s VIP II in the 26-horse class.

“The timing display failed due to a power cut (the timing in the judge's box was backed up by batteries) but we finished a good second and it was great preparation for the area trial,” said Laura.

Ben Walker was third and fourth on Roulette H and Da Vinci V with Saly Goding fifth on Tiger Millie II.

Sally and Tiger Millie had headed the previous 1.30m, beaten only by Ruby Fryer and Hillcrest Amigo. Sixty-three contended with Leesa Long in third on Britannicus just ahead of David Murdoch’s Raphaela von Berkenbroek in fourth and Nicola Wilson’s Viktor Krum fifth.

Phillip Miller claimed four of the top six 1.40m places, winning on his 2013 Hickstead Derby winner Caritiar Z and taking third aboard Basic. Brendon Stud’s game little mare Sussex Caretino took fifth for Phillip with his final ride Gepetto in sixth. Georgia Tame was sandwiched into second on Acoustik Solo du Baloubet with Nick Benterman on Canyon Volo in fourth.

Speed merchant Leesa Long (seen here on Saber) clocked up multiple wins with Sunday’s 1.30m on Britannicus marking her top win. Sixty-two contended this hot class, with Leesa finding all the quick options to claim victory on the Padinus/Lester 11-year-old.

Melissa Garry claimed second on Hotesse with Rowan Willis third on Shark. Georgia Tame rode into fourth with Bolien and Henry Turrell was fifth aboard Barbados III.

Leesa also headed Sunday’s 1.20m on Britannicus, beating Henry and Barbados III into second with Helen Witchell on DHI Zancorgino in third and Scarlett Worrow fourth aboard Daimond.

Leesa had kicked off the week with the top two in day one’s 1.10m on Tammys Girl and LVS No Doubt and a win in the 1.20m on Britannicus and she also picked up fourth with Saber. Nicola Wilson’s Naomi 55 was second with Leonnie Cookson-Jones third aboard Bellatrix III.

Leesa clinched first and third places in Saturday’s 1.20m with Saber and Britannicus, sandwiching Melissa into second on Hotesse. Victoria Attwood took fourth with Villeneuve and Tristan Gray was fifth aboard Winner B.

And in Friday’s 1.20m, Leesa lifted the top two places aboard Saber and Tammys Girl, beating Ben Walker into third on Casall de Revel.

Saturday’s 1.10m also fell to Leesa, Tammys Girl – also winner of the 1.15m member cup – heading the class with LVS No Doubt in second. Victoria Cooper took third riding Caspen Retto with Louise Stoner’s Cool Impression in fourth and Olivia Carroll claimed fifth on In Time van de Nachtegaele.

Leesa and LVS No Doubt had to settle for second in Friday’s 1.10m, Ben Walker racing ahead to claim victory on Athena.

Victoria and the 10-year-old mare Caspen Retto jumped to the top in Sunday’s 1.10m, beating Louise and Cool Impression into second place. Charlotte Clothier was third aboard Garrenbehy Desiree and Adam Cove’s Tiamo II took fourth.

Max Routledge triumphed in Friday’s highly-charged, competitive 53-horse 1.30m on the Cardino 15-year-old Carus Royale, pushing Leesa Long and Britannicus into second spot. Lee Williams and Salvador V took third just ahead of Alex Hempleman’s Billy Republic in fourth and fifth-placed Phillip Miller on Warriors Creme.

Tracy Priest headed Saturday’s 1.30m, outpacing all 41 rivals to win on the Calvaro Z/Radiator eight-year-old Caruso D’Eres Z. Charlene Bastone jumped into second on David Simpson’s Berlin I with Alex Gill in third aboard Billy Fraulein. Melissa Garry and Hotesse took fourth and Tracy also netted fifth on second ride Ninja Sue.

Zoe Potter headed Saturday’s Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter to net a generous £250 first prize on the Zinnedy six-year-old Manderville Crescendo in a 48-strong class where 22 double clears were recorded. Ben Walker rode into second on Aphrodite IV with Melissa Garry in third aboard Mayfield Madness II. Guy Elson claimed fourth on Renkum off Limit II and fifth went to Claudia Rees and Renkum Knopfler.

Ben Walker claimed a Foxhunter win on Friday with Brendon Stud’s seven-year-old Don VHP Z/Tropic Star stallion Truly Don. Forty-one contended with David Murdoch in second on Fojito and Lee Williams third aboard TJ Dynamic. Zoe and Manderville Crescendo took fourth and Max Routledge rode Centos Girl into fifth.

Melissa and the Renkum Rock and Roll six-year-old Mayfield Madness claimed Sunday’s Connollys Red Mills newcomers from second-placed Helen Witchell on Scarragh Silver. David Murdoch was third on HF Valtano with Phillip Miller’s Heartbreaker Dream fourth and Callum Tusler’s Indeed I Am fifth.

Charlotte Hayes was on a roll with a fleet of Brendon Stud’s home-bred horses, notching up a hat-trick of wins. She took first and third in Friday’s newcomers on the eight-year-old Sussex Darco and Go Rezzolux, sandwiching Melissa and Mayfield Madness into second. Charlotte also picked up fifth with Twistaire Pleasure behind Will Lewis on Titanic de Moisenais.

And Charlotte doubled up on the Numero Uno/Lux 10-year-old mare Luxury Number, heading Friday’s discovery and the novice. In the discovery, they pushed Catherine Fowdery’s Derryveeney Bridgeboy into second with Samantha Penn’s Derroon Allegra in third and Laura Durkan fourth on Lady Livello.

Charlotte’s third win came in the 1m novice, Luxury Number again coming to the fore in the 63-strong class. Alex Bishop was second on Waterford Boy II with Caroline Baker third aboard Gerlina, Bryony Padwick took fourth on Winnie IV and fifth went to Robert Thompson’s Art Mac Cuinn.

Ben Dalton claimed Sunday’s Foxhunter with EFS Petite Belle, relegating Luke Hill into second with Billy Samaritan in a strong 59-horse class. Phillip Miller jumped into third on Titan II with Joshua Thompson fourth aboard El Paso III and Kendall Neath fifth on Garcon du Lui.

Steven Franks topped day one’s Foxhunter with te Quidam’s Rubin 12-year-old Arola II, denying Ben and second-placed Petite Belle another win. Josh Hutchins took third on Caramini with Grant Talbot fourth aboard Chacco Blur and Georgina Lysaght took fifth on Eviomf.

Josephine Harrington doubled up with British novice wins on the six-year-old Quick Step IV (Quick Orion D/Landos) on the final two days. They beat Victoria Cooper’s Harlequin Miss into second on both days.

Hannah Tiley was also a double winner, taking the first two places in Friday’s 80cm, winning on the 11-year-old Talento and taking second with the eight-year-old Extreme II to push Carys Jenkins into third on Van Persie II.

And the Kingstown Cavalier 10-year-old Dun Over scored Hannah’s second win in the 95cm, beating Debbie Fryatt into second on Confoe D. Ben Parnaby was third on Chesta, Abigial Holland-Owen slipped Simpley Dolly into fourth and Joanna Milton took fifth on Kah Echo.

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