Wingrove is a winner! Jamie lands a victory double at Bolesworth International
Jamie Wingrove hit the high notes at Bolesworth International with a fabulous double of victories in the 2* grand prix and 1.30m speed class.
A flying round from Jamie and Helen Rees’ Bart VI deservedly landed the 2* grand prix.
“I had grand prix aims in my head and it worked out well. He had a nice round in the previous day’s world ranking class and it came off today – it doesn’t always!” said Jamie.
Seventeen of the 66 [25%] accessed the hotly contended jump-off with Irish riders claiming an early lead. But they were soon headed, Joe Clayton firing into the lead on Millioninmind before Graham Lovegrove galloped Centolove to the front.
None were a match for a determined Jamie. He was quick from the off on the Lord Z/Levantos 11-year-old Bart and maintained a relentless pace combined with several tight turn-backs to swipe a second off the leading time.
“I had a plan in my head to make up time early on to enable me to take time to the last oxer,” said Jamie, who reckoned course-designer Alan Wade had cleverly placed the final fence on a long gallop approach down the long side of the arena.
“It was there to draw you in. Bart is a very good vertical jumper so I could be tight back to several of the verticals and it gave me time to jump the last.”
Graham’s brief lead on Centolove claimed second place and Jess Dimmock’s late challenge with Cian O’Connor’s Cassius Clay took third. Joe aboard Steve Barnes’ Millioninmind took fourth with Ireland’s early leaders Stephen Moore on Cristobar and Philip McGuane riding Judas VD Donkhoeve finished fifth and sixth. Also clear was Ellen Whitaker’s Arena UK Winston and Yazmin Davis on Zilverster II in seventh and eighth in the 17-strong decider.
Jamie also headed the 52-strong 2* 1.30m speed on Helen and Mark Wells and Georgia Reynolds’ Heartstring. Using tight lines at a smooth, deceptively fast pace earned victory by 1.26 sec for the Cicero Z Van Paemel/Heartbreaker seven-year-old.
“She qualified for the HOYS Foxhunter final a couple of weeks ago and I brought her here for education and to jump smaller classes. We didn’t come here to win but we did a few turns and she’s very consistent – I think a lot of her,” said Jamie.
Stuart Neads guided the Baltic VDL/Numero Uno seven-year-old Freya into second with the USA’s Brieanne Dofort on Cujo 7 breaking up the British stranglehold with third place. Eve Stavely rode Shadow IVinto fourth with Kayleigh Watts on Colton Playtime fifth and Carron Nicol took sixth on the talented stallion Galerius – another to also recently qualify for the HOYS Foxhunter final.
British-based Irishman landed another win for his Team Harmony bosses in the 4* 1.35m on Vennoot. Peter, winner of Friday’s 2* 1.45m on D’Atlantique Royale, claimed Saturday’s win with an early draw and 1.52 sec to spare on the Andiamo 15-year-old in the 43-horse class.
“He’s an older horse that knows his job, I don’t think it would have mattered where we were in the draw,” said Peter.
Louise Saywell slotted Graham Ward’s Chicago Z 12-year-old Feigtling into second and Ireland’s Greg Broderick took third on Daify. Winners 24 hours earlier, Jess Mendoza and Wan Architect jumped into fourth here ahead of Belgium’s Jos Verlooy in fifth on Japatero VDM and Ireland’s Anthony Condon on Friso sixth and Shane Breen’s Cash Up in seventh.
The USA’s Eve Jobs, 18, claimed the world ranking 4* 1.45m speed class in fine style on her 4* debut with Charleville - a Quasimodo Z/Lancelot 10-year-old who began his career in Britain and was produced as a four and five-year-old by Nicola Barry of Sovereign Equestrian.
Fifty-six contended with Eve holding off Julie Andrews’ late challenge on Wilando B by 0.15 sec to secure victory.
“I thought others would be faster but I made short turns and went as fast as I could and Charleville is wonderful and such a fighter, he always wants to win,” said Eve, daughter of late Apple founder Steve.
William Funnell laid claim to third on the 14-year-old Billy Angelo with Robert Smith and Bavi in fourth. Harry Charles claimed fifth aboard Controe and Matt Sampson took sixth with Ebolensky.
Almost three sec up on the clock, Chloe Aston dropped down the line when Amigo T hit the last, but she claimed some compensation in the evening’s Knockout class – where riders go head-to-head over an identical side-by-side course. And Chloe defended her 2016 title with relish, much to the delight of the crowds. Attacking the course with her usual gusto, she beat Ireland’s Aofie Dooley to the top spot in the final decider.
“I was unlucky not to win the CSI4* class this afternoon when I had the last fence down,’ said Chloe afterwards. “The Knockout is an unnerving competition and with the excitement of the crowd, it can be quite difficult to get out of the box. Once you’ve done it the first time it gets a little bit easier. You just have to go as fast as you can and not worry about the other competitors.”
Joanne McGlory and Jess Mendoza shared third spot.
Sienna Charles claimed a commanding win in the 2* 1.40m on the Cartani 10-year-old Chaitanya 2. Belieing her tender years, Sienna, 14, held off Belgium’s Cyril Cool’s challenge on Vendetta Trieze in the 11-horse jump-off to win with almost four sec in hand.
"There were some experienced riders behind me, I just had to move up where I could. There were a few tricky lines but I managed to take out a stride to the triple bar," said Sienna.
Dan Neilson jumped into third on the Casall eight-year-old Cirrus with Millie Allen fourth aboard Lowelli. Lily Freeman Attwood took fifth on Topspin with Friday’s winners Louise Saywell and Cleopatra sixth and Olli Fletcher in seventh aboard Disckoboy DN.
A winner on day one, Tony Pearson was back in the top spot in the amateur grand prix, taking victory by 1.09 sec on the Manhattan 12-year-old Amadeus M.
Seventeen of the 31 starters provided round one clears to make their way to the jump-off, with Julie Slade claiming second on the Billy Mexico nine-year-old Billy Gogo ahead of third-placed Stacey Willsone aboard Steady the Helm. Ireland’s Darragh Magner took fourth on Bruce Almighty IV with Elisabeth Whitaker riding for her native Sweden in fifth on Upperclass and Tony also picking up sixth with second ride Pepito D’Airsain.
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