Foreign riders took charge to win on day one of the 2* classes at Bolesworth Castle, with Tracy Priest claiming the best Brit award in the 1.35m two-phase with second place on Caruso D’Eres Z.
Ireland’s Mikey Pender jumped to the top here on new ride Doriena, heading the 72-strong class with more than five sec in hand on the Cardento/Goodtimes nine-year-old Doriena, a mare usually ridden by Dale Burnham.
Tracy guided the Calvaro Z/Radiator eight-year-old Caruso D’Eres Z into second with Stuart Neads in third on the 13-year-old stallion Quoit Or. Tony French claimed fourth aboard the Outcast eight-year-old Last Twist and Jamie Wingrove posted a steadier round on the Lord Z 11-year-old Bart VI for seventh spot.
The Netherlands’ Tim Hendrix claimed the first 2* class, racing ahead on the speedy eight-year-old Jewel LVP (Berlin/Contender) to take the two-phase by 1.61 sec.
“She’s been a great horse for me and I have high expectations,” said Tim, who has produced this mare for two years.
It was all about the clock as 25 of the 79 starters provided double clears. Georgie Crumley eased Old Lodge’s Dulf Van Den Bisschop 10-year-old Haifa OL into second, just ahead of the USA’s Kerry McCahill’s Important De Muze. Vicky Burns jumped a super double clear to claim fourth with the nine-year-old Denzel II (Cantos/Orame) with Sienna Charles in fifth on the 10-year-old Chaitanya 2.
Brits ruled in the amateur classes, Tony Pearson racing ahead to land the top two places in the 1.15m on Amadeus M and Pepito D’Airsain. Thirty-two tackled this two-phase class, but Tony had it all sewn up, winning on the Manhattan/Jasper 12-year-old Amadeus and bringing the 14-year-old Pepito into second place, 0.38 sec separating the two.
Flo Norris was 0.20 sec in arrears for third aboard the Douglas/Oklund nine-year-old Darling HDH. Melissa Garry jumped into fourth on Renkum J’Adore ahead of fifth-placed Grace Wallace with Eau Claire V and Sarah Borthwick sixth on Farianne.
Melissa was on form in the amateur 1.25m, claiming victory with 2.17 sec to spare on the 10-year-old Hotesse (Lord Z/Heartbreaker). Sarah Billington took second on the nine-year-old Ustinov daughter Uforia JX with Brian Thompson in third aboard the Diamant De Semilly seven-year-old Aredis De La Rose.
Joanne McGlory rode into fourth on Witro with Sarah Borthwick fifth on VIP VI and Bryony Holloway claimed sixth on Del Piero V.
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