Mennell Watson reclaimed his Llanyon Bowdler grand prix title for the second consecutive year at Shrewsbury Flower Show. In 2016, the 14-year-old stallion Outcast took the win, 12 months later Whisper In The Wind stepped up to the plate.
Eight of 24 contended the jump-off, with Mennell speeding ahead on his partner Helen van Heyningen’s home-bred nine-year-old Cobretti stallion to win by 0.41 sec.
“The going was good and Bob Ellis’ courses were super,” said Mennell, a regular at this lovely show.
Ben Walker brought the Moschino eight-year-old Roulette H into second with Emma Slater’s Art D Usance in third. Phillip Miller provided the steadiest of the double clears for fourth on Brendon Stud’s Unbelievable Lady with Louise Whitaker coming home on four for fifth on Udget Du Rozel.
Louise made no such mistake in the Veolia area trial, pushing Team Harmony’s Cero/Kannan nine-year-old Udget into the top spot. But it was close, Charlotte Flack was just 0.15 sec behind on the Luidam 12-year-old Ashdale Luxara for second in a strong, nine-horse decider.
Six provided double clears with Alec Trickett bringing One Two Watch II into third ahead of Ben and Roulette H in fourth and Greenacres Equestrian stable-mate Phillip on Unbelievable Lady fifth. Alex Thompson jumped the steadiest of the jump-off clears on Cathalina V for sixth spot.
Regular Shrewsbury Flower show competitor Paul Barker was on lightning form with a victory double. The 12-year-old Sandors Legacy won both Shrewsbury Flower Show and Shrewsbury challenge speed classes, with second ride Happy Boy second in one and third in the other.
In the Shrewsbury championship, almost two sec separated Legacy from the Kannan 10-year-old Happy Boy, but nearest rival Tim Page could onlty come within 0.84 sec for third on Elvera. Ben Walker claimed fourth on Deezie-Katine Weering with Louise Whitaker in fifth on Ruby VIII and Paul also picked up sixth on Lux Fabulous.
First on Legacy and third on Happy Boy in the Shrewsbury challenge, Paul’s two were split by Corrine Collins aboard Dolores P. Louise and Ruby claimed fourth with Tim and Elvera in fifth. Nevertheless, Paul’s form was further rewarded with the leading rider award – worth a handsome £1,250.
Paul Crago jumped ahead in the Frank Tanner memorial cup accumulator with joker, taking full advantage of Emma Bassom’s nine-year-old Ultimate Risk’s huge stride to net the top spot by 0.14 sec over Mennell and Whisper in the Wind.
Paul Barker also picked up third here on Happy Boy with Corinne and Dolores P in fourth and Mark Edwards fifth on Greenvale Cara.
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