Aoife O'Connor takes the Walwyn Novice at Windsor

On day one at Royal Windsor the national classes took centre stage.

Aoife O’Connor raced to the top spot of the Walwyn novice with Billy du Montois. Only four of the 12 starters reached the jump-off, with Aoife claiming a 0.34 sec advantage on the six-year-old Cevin Z stallion Billy du Montois – who is out of the Abdullah mare Amber du Montois – a former top ride for William Funnell.

Sally Goding guided the Cevin Z/Corland six-year-old Amy into second just ahead of Jay Halim with Aragon Z in third. On clear and four, Julie Welles picked up fourth aboard Gerko III van de Zeilhoek.

Georgia Tame topped the Land Rover A and B 1.40m on Bina Ford’s big-jumping Acoustik Solo du Baloubet. Thirty-seven took part in this two-phase class with 10 providing double clears and Georgia – who is attached to Shane Breen’s stable at Hickstead – claimed the top spot on the Odessa du Monselet 11-year-old by 0.95 sec.

Keith Doyle eased the 11-year-old Harlequin Dunraven Ard VDL Douglas/Harlequin du Carel) into second ahead of Laura Kraut’s Caelle in third. Tracy Priest took fourth aboard Caristo VDL with Ben Walker on Roulette H fifth and Trevor Breen aboard Loughnatousa WB in sixth spot.

Nici Wilson galloped to victory in the Foxhunter, forging ahead on the Graf Top seven-year-old Viktor Krum to win by 1.99 sec in the huge, 93-strong class. Ryan O’Sullivan netted second place on the eight-year-old Erina VII (Vegas VDL/Rash R) with Rowan Willis in third aboard Wellington Grandorie. James Fisher took fourth riding Fancypina ahead of Laura Renwick in fifth on Arkuga and sixth-placed Josh Hutchings with Billy In Fashion.

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