Billy Twomey's stylish round takes the grand prix honours at Allington

Seemingly unhurried, effortlessly stylish yet super-fast, Billy Twomey deservedly landed the top-billed Equestrian Surfaces 2* grand prix on the final day at Allington 2* with the eight-year-old Pewit Nono.

A quality field of 50 – some five star riders, including John and Michael Whitaker and Lauren Hough – tackled Mark McGowan’s 13-fence track and 18 posted initial clears, but controversially, not all 18 accessed the jump-off. Under a new ruling applied to all the jump-off classes, only the top 25% went forward to round two and this left riders that jumped clear inside the time allowed having to settle for the lower places. This affected five riders in the grand prix.

A total of 13 contended the jump-off, with Billy’s stylish round on Sue Davies’ home-bred Nono, a son of Luidam and Anastasia II – both former top rides of Billy – taking the win by 2.65 sec.

Keith Shore had two rides in the final decider and challenged with both but has to settle for second and third on the consistent Mystic Hurricane – who has finished second or third in his las six grand prix classes – and the exciting new ride Hermes, a 10-year-old bought a month ago.

Simon Crippen’s early round on Temple Claudius claimed fourth with Annabel Shields – who produced the fastest time of the class by more than two sec but with a rail on the floor – took fifth with Carnoneybridge Challenger. Kerry Brennan and Wellington M – winner of the Mattie Brown Stakes at Notts County just a few days earlier – finished sixth.

Joe Whitaker raced ahead to take the Horse First silver tour final with Lavarno, a 10-year-old home-bred daughter of Locarno. The pair – joint 1.40m winners with Joe Clayton on Carolus K the day before – ensured they took an outright win on the final day.

Joe Davison was 1.23 sec in arrears on Coral Reef Wise Guy for second with Paul Barker and Happy Boy in third. Billy Twomey jumped Lady Loui into fourth with Holly Milller’s HHS Dramarko in fifth and Charlie Dawson aboard TJM Henry De Reve took sixth place.

A double winner with silver and bronze victories on Tinkerbell W and Daniek, William Rekert, 17, landed a hat-trick with the Equi-Trek bronze 1.25m final on Daniek. On speed mode, William guided the Zelote VDL/Lux nine-year-old into victory by 1.03 sec in the nine-horse decider. Tegan Jones took second on Apart EA and John Daker claimed third aboard Sweet Candy. Charlie Dawson slotted Landini into fourth with Abbie Crippen’s Vilka B fifth and Elliott Dowler on Chilas in sixth.

Controversy in the Hot Spring World small tour 1.15m final saw original winner Lauren Hough on Spirit VIII disqualified as this was her fourth ride in the 2* division – riders are only allowed three horses in each division, three in the 2* and three in the young horse 1* classes at this show.

Therefore, the win went to final-drawn William Bayes Jones, 17, on 20-year-old schoolmaster Panacee, a ride of three years. The partnership won by 2.36 sec. Lucy Turner eased Anita II into second with Ruby Pointer in third and fourth aboard Cuis Ghaire and Dutsy Van Het Hek in the six-horse jump-off.

Reece Oliver used his final draw to maximum effect in the Show Stoppers seven-year-old final, galloping Coalition (Ulyses/Libra) into the top spot by 1.60 sec. Spain’s Antonio Marinas Soto took second with Faya Sao Miguel and Jackson Reed-Stephenson eased Exception into third. Holly Miller’s Felicio landed the fourth spot in the five-horse decider, with David Murdoch fifth aboard Fliantro.

Antonio again had to settle for the runner-up spot in the Flying Hire six-year-old final, on this occasion riding Miryel, when Jessica Crosby – who works for Antonio and his partner Ellen Whitaker – snatched victory in the final round on Harvey.

The home-bred Harvey, by Landarno, a son of Locarno, is home-bred.

“He is a massive character at home but in the ring he focuses on the fences,” said Jessica.

Paul Barker claimed third in the four-horse jump-off on Gait L and Rosie Gunn’s Jagerbomb finished fourth.

The Libra Drinks five-year-old final was also won from the final draw, India Payne claiming the win at her first show with My Pippa VD Zwartbleshoeve, a Picasso Z/Ugano Sitte mare bought in Belgium by Louis Simmons. Simon Crippen took second on the impressive, big-jumping Budgie, a Conthargos/Chacco Blue gelding owned by Allan Clutterbuck. Harry Bateman took third with Havanna with Joss Williams on Zuniek VD Tojopehoeve Z in fourth and India took fifth with second ride Happy Girl. Seven contended the jump-off with Lucy Struthers sixth on Opium VDB Z and Zoe Henshall was seventh aboard Hosloma.

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