Billy Twomey lands the big class on day one at Wettenhall


Ireland’s Billy Twomey landed the big class of the day on day one at the Charles Stanley British Masters, heading the world ranking 1.45m with Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Kimba Flamenco.

Seventeen of the 46 starters jumped initial clears to reach the jump-off, with Billy taking charge of the top spot with a 0.57 sec advantage on the Je T’Aime Flamenco/Heartbreaker eight-year-old. Annabel Shields raced into second on the Mr Blue 14-year-old Wet Wet Wet with another British-based Irishman, David Simpson, in third on the Unanaiem 10-year-old Unex Cognac IV. Lance Whitehouse slotted Vik II into fourth with Jonathan Dixon fifth on Continio and Richard Howley’s Tango Du Valdecie in sixth.

A little more than half a sec prevented Billy from making it a double, but Louise Saywell hit immediate form in the 1.40m with Graham Ward’s Feigtling. She galloped ahead to take the top spot on the Chicago Z/Darco 12-year-old, racing ahead in the 11-horse decider to win by 0.66 sec.

Billy guided the Irish stallion Ardcolum Duke into second with Robert Murphy, 16, who has now completed his GCSE exams, riding the Couleur Rubin 10-year-old Chablis into third. Samantha Cohen took fourth on Carmen with Rebecca Marsh fifth aboard Temple Collett with the final double clear.

Chloe Winchester has rapidly developed a winning partnership with the nine-year-old Ultimo/Wellington mare Dolanda and, building on their Hickstead win, the pair commanded a 1.30m two-phase win in the opening class. Keith Shore was 0.67 sec in arrears with the 15-year-old Coriander Van’t Vennehof and Laura Renwick guided the promising Newton De Kriesker seven-year-old Alothain De Blondel into third. Paul Kennedy guided Alvatore into fourth in this hotly-contended, 61-strong class, with Jonathan Dixon in fifth aboard Gantico. Nicole Lockhead Anderson jumped to the top in the amateur 1.20m with the Corland 11-year-old B. Kaliki, winning by just 0.08 sec in a competitive, 16-horse jump-off. Claire Shepherd chased hard to finish second on the Casantos/Faust Z nine-year-old Djinn with Nina Emery’s 14-year-old mare Piana in third. Norman Proffitt claimed fourth on Divienda and Abbie Summers took fifth with Domino VI.

Stacey Willsone has quickly gelled with Tim Page’s former ride Steady The Helm and the pair claimed another victory to add to their ever-growing tally in the amateur 1.10m. Joanne Dixon was a full second behind the pace for second place on Camona and Angela Eardley laid claim to third on Forrella TS. Elizabeth Cunningham rode Fabienne C into fourth just ahead of Annabel Lomas on Vraiecocotte Berence in fifth.

Tahnia Jordan-Jones claimed the win in the 148cm speed challenge on Jumper, the 11-year-old gliding into the top spot. Olli Fletcher eased The Bobster into second with Izzi Ryder and Woodfield Five Star in third. Bowen McCrory took fourth on Delfino with Madiy Jamison jumping into fifth on Bodysee Des Avelines and Sophie Bowen Howard claimed sixth aboard Whitehorn Girl.

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