Tim Stockdale is best Brit in Fontainebleau's grand prix

July 23, 2017

Tim Stockdale jumped into third in the 2* 1.45m grand prix with Colin and Ann Garratt’s Tornado Des Monts. 

Eighteen of the 69 starters accessed the jump-off, the eight initial clears joined by five on one time fault and five four-faulters carrying their faults.  But clears ruled with five proving penalty-free over two rounds, Tim easing the Flipper D’Elle/Narcos II 10-year-old into third 1.64 sec behind the winner, France’s Donatien Schauly Adj on Sprinter Du Dorset Mili. 

Anthony Condon’s one time fault in round one and the Oklund 11-year-old Balzac finished eighth.  Amy Inglis was another on a round one time fault, also jumping clear on Wishes in round two for 10th with Jane Annett – clear in round one – dropping to 11th with four faults in the jump-off aboard Pallas Masterclass. 

Another clear in round one, Jess Dimmock returned seven faults in round two for 16th on Cassius Clay and Nicole Pavitt posted four in both rounds to finish 17th on a total of eight with Areeb OL.

Leonie Aitkenhead was the steadiest of the double clears in the 60-strong 2* 1.40m for sixth place on Jimmy Mack V Berkenbroeck, six sec behind the pace.  Four faults dropped Steven Franks on Abdul Aziz and Yazmin Pinchen’s Ashkari for 10th and 12th places. 


British-based Irishman Michael Duffy eased Warratino into fifth in the 1* 1.35m grand prix with a clean sheet in the 21-strong jump-off. He finished 2.36 sec behind the pace on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Warrior/Caretino Glory seven-year-old. Clear and four dropped Tim on Don Diego De Plata into 16th and Taisie de Gruchy finished 18th on Hoodshill First Look. 



Nicole Pavitt guided Gianni HC (Padinus/Landan) into third in the six-year-old 1.35m with an easy double clear over this 1.35m track to finish just 0.39 sec behind the winner. Laura Mantel eased Jo Linton’s Gerdien 2 Van De Oldenhoff (Hos D’o/Vaillant) into fourth with Jane Annett’s newcomer finalist Hold UP in fifth. Michael Duffy took sixth on Thunder G Z and Jess Dimmock was the steadiest of the double clears for seventh with Billy Fleance. 

Michael also claimed second in the seven-year-old on the Vivaldo Van Het Costerveld daughter Castleforbes Angelina, 1.47 sec behind the pace. Fellow Irishman Anthony Condon was also double clear for fourth on Friso (Azteca VDL/Phin Phin) and Nicole posted clear and eight for 10th on Cornet in the 11-strong decider. 

Brits filled the top two places in the 1* 1.25m speed section B, Yazmin Pinchen jumping to the top at her first show with Utrillo De Breve, a nine-year-old Lauxley De Breve stallion usually ridden by Laura Renwick and Tim Page. The pair finished with a 1.08 sec advantage over Steven Franks on the 11-year-old Billy Congo mare Billy Ginger. Sophie Garfield-Bennett rode Cirmosa into fifth with Clare Reynolds’ Footloose Vt Haarenhoekje in sixth and Christina Garchoud was also clear for 17th on ESI Hazel. 


Yazmin picked up sixth in the 60-strong 2* 1.35m two-phase with Con Chilli, 1.05 sec behind the winner, with Michael Duffy immediately behind in seventh on Brendon Stud’s nine-year-old stallion Fabrice Van Overis (For Pleasure/Diamant De Semilly). Jane Annett (Chacco Gold) and Ben Clark (Lanverdel) also returned double clears for 14th and 16th. 

Jane finished ninth on Irco Mena/Cruise On eight-year-old Irco Cruise in the 1* 1.25m speed section A with an easy clear almost nine sec behind the pace. Sophie Garfied-Bennett on Kanga Rouge and Olivia Howe aboard Corsiro Z also posted clears for 17th and 19th. 



Steven Franks slotted the Cruising 19-year-old Carlow Cruiser into fourth in the 1* 1.30m two-phase, three sec behind the pace. Jane jumped into 11th on Lord Thuder and also double clear was Victoria Garfield-Bennett on Brandon and Ben Clark’s Jancovica for 13th and 17th.  




Beth Mantel rounded off a fantastic week with Caoimhes Delight. Second on day one and a winner on day two, the pair built on their success with a great victory in the amateur 1.15m speed, outpacing all 73 rivals. Beth raced ahead on the equally enthusiastic 13-year-old mare to clinch victory by 2.61 sec. Will Edwards on Rukkato and India Dalton-Biggs aboard Iris also posted clears for 12th and 14th. 


In the amateur 1.20m, Polly Shaw rode into third with the Nonstop 11-year-old Galano Ter Klomp, three sec behind the winning time. Romilly Simmons guided the seven-year-old Ferani Pawlona into fifth with Madeleine Kellett’s Zwalbe in eighth, Millie Hockenhull in ninth on Marco-Polo Du Preai and Alex Bishop’s Ziezoo G in 11th place.


Photos © Jumping Around & Ellie Mantel


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