Ben Walker recorded his first area trial win at the South of England show with the consistent Roulette H.
An on-form Ben had two in the jump-off, but he outjumped all with the Moschino eight-year-old Roulette, registering the win with two and a half sec to spare. He also picked up eighth place with Da Vinci V.
John Crippen guided the Cardento/Guidam 11-year-old Bling Bling into second. Tracy Priest eased the Silverstone 10-year-old Caristo VDL into third with Emma Slater taking fourth aboard Art D Usance and Phillip Miller picked up fifth on Caritiar Z.
Keith Doyle scored handsomely in the grand prix, taking victory in fine style on the Ard VDL Douglas/Harlequin Du Revel 11-year-old Harlequin Dunraven. Phillip Miller eased Brendon Stud’s home-bred Unbelievable Darco 10-year-old Unbelievable Lady into second with Shane Breen Silbermond in third. Ben and Roulette H jumped into fourth ahead of Maisie Drea in fifth on Okehurst Abbevail and sixth-placed Derek McCoppin’s Zaire.
Michael Duffy outpaced all to take the top spot in the International Stairway with new ride EFS Top Contender. Seven of the 25 starters posted first round clears to access the jump-off, with third-drawn Michael steering the 11-year-old Latus/Granit stallion into the top spot to secure victory by 1.44 sec.
Tim Page eased Justin Skinner’s 14-year-old Duc D’Arsouilles into second with the third place going to the only other double clear, Cressy Neads on the 10-year-old Chintan. Phillip and Caritiar Z finished in fourth spot with Robert Whitaker in fifth on Catwalk IV. Ben Bick was sixth on Zipiro and Ben Walker aboard Roulette H claimed seventh.
Tim also featured in the Speedi-Beet HOYS grade C qualifier, again having to settle for second spot.
Phillip Miller held off all challenges to take the top qualifying place on Gepetto, the Je T’Aime Flamenco eight-year-old winning with 0.59 sec to spare in a hotly-contended 15-strong jump-off. Tim claimed second on Derek Meeds’ Millbrook-sired 11-year-old Granby and Alex Gill picked up third and the final qualifying place on the Animo/Cevin Z seven-year-old Billy Manjaro.
Hollie Pearce just missed out on HOYS in fourth on Delina II with Aoife O’Connor fifth on Animinute and Lucy Townley claimed sixth with Billy Diamo.
Shane Breen scored a hat-trick, winning the 1.35m on Cordeno and the 1.30m aboard Cit Cat. Robert Whitaker eased Brendon Stud’s home-bred Warrior stallion Noble Warrior into second in the 1.35m ahead of Tracy Priest on Ninja Sue and Grant Talbot claimed second in the 1.30m on Chacco Blur. Shane also topped a newcomers class aboard Canya Dance.
Paul Crago claimed the 1.40m with seasoned campaigner Valentino IX, beating Rowan Willis into second place on Boran with Tracy Priest’s Caruso D Eres Z in third and Ben Walker’s Da Vinci in fourth pace.
Georgia Tame galloped into the the top spot of the accumulator with Cash Up, pushing Davis McPherson into second on Belle Fleur 38. Robert Whitaker took third on Cash Sent with Paul Crago on Obama JD in fourth.
Nicola Wilson also recorded a victory double, heading the 1.25m on Naomi 55 from Derek McCoppin’s Caretino Spark, and also topped the Foxhunter on Fine Fleur.
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