Defending his 2016 title robustly, Dan Moseley jumped to the top to take the grand prix at Lincoln County for the second consecutive year in fine style, winning on this occasion with Escapado S. In 2016, Dan won on Dakota.
Course-designer Di Boddy got it spot on to achieve five clears from 28 starters to go forward to the jump-off, Dan taking charge to land the grand prix title with the Whitesnake eight-year-old Escapado.
Paul Bevan posted a super double clear on the super-consistent nine-year-old Deangelo II (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Kashmir Van Schuttershof) to take second place. This was a sweetener for the talented gelding, stepping down after jumping a good clear in the 2* grand prix at Bolesworth four days earlier.
“This is the best going we have jumped on all year,” said Paul, praising the footing of the good turf in this ring.
Ellie Meager was also clear on the stallion Cassius III for third place.
Kerry Brennan chased after the time but the final fence fell for Wellington M and dropped them to fourth. However, added to their win from day one, it was sufficient for the pair to earn the leading rider award. Mennell Watson also suffered the final fence hitting the floor for fifth with Whisper In The Wind.
Kerry galloped into the top spot of midday stakes 1.40m with the effervescent Wellington M. The Quidam De Revel 14-year-old relished the glorious green turn of the huge main arena to outpace all to net the £1,000 first prize on their continuing county show circuit success. The pair had taken second in Bramham’s grand prix just 10 days earlier.
Morgan Kent jumped into second with the Berlin/Voltaire nine-year-old Dolores V with Mennell Watson slotting the nine-year-old Cobretti stallion Whisper In The Wind into third. Alex Thompson slotted Cathalina V into fourth and Nicola Barry stepped up True Blue to this level for fifth place. Danielle Farnsworth jumped Claddagh Iroko into sixth just ahead of Paul Bevan on Deangelo in seventh place.
And Dakota, Dan Moseley’s 2016 grand prix winner, made a winning return to Lincoln County – with a new rider in the saddle! Adam Botham clinched victory in the initial 1.30m speed with the nine-year-old Andiamo daughter.
They relegated Eoin Gallagher and the Irish 11-year-old Princess Leah into second. Danielle Farnsworth jumped into third spot aboard another rIrish 11-year-old, Cornascriebe Ferro, with Mennell and Outcast taking fourth.
Mennell found the quickest route in the accumulator to claim the top spot on Helen van Heyningen’s home-bred 14-year-old Russel/Flemming H stallion Outcast. Katie Pytches eased the Luidam/Cruising seven-year-old CSF Olympic Lady into second with Harry Whall in third aboard the nine-year-old German-bred mare Stacenta. Harry Wainwright netted fourth place on Come Back Didi Des 4 AS with fifth going to Morgan Kent and Furioso.
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