Abbe Elliott tops the Bucks County area trial and Alfie Bradstock takes a double
Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) landed the area trial at Bucks County with Wilandri E to pocket the £1,000 first prize. Five posted first round clears to reach the jump-off, and it was all about the clock as four again jumped clear, Abbe and the sure-footed Lupicor 14-year-old racing ahead to take the top spot.
Mennell Watson and his Shrewsbury Flower Show winner, Helen van Heyningen’s home-bred nine-year-old Cobretti stallion Whisper In The Wind, claimed second with Emma Slater guiding Art D Usance into third. Tracy Priest had to settle for fourth placed on this occasion with her New Forest International Stairway winner Caristo VDL and Alex Thompson came home on four aboard Cathalina V for fifth. Fastest four in round Ollie Fletcher netted sixth spot on Hello Disckoboy DN.
Alfie Bradstock celebrated his very first day of setting up his own yard with a winning double on a horse he borrowed from sister Lily.
“I literally left Fletchers on the Wednesday and Bucks County was on Thursday,” said Alfie, who was stable jockey for Tina and Graham Fletcher for several years.
Alfie has now commandeered stables at his mum and dad Mark [trainer of Cheltenham 2015 gold cup winner Coneygree] and Sara Bradstock’s racing yard just outside Lambourn.
“I’ve kicked the racehorses out and stolen the back yard, now I’m looking for horses,” said Alfie, who was at his first show with the eventer Leamore Hightale, a 10-year-old by Puissance.
“He came to my sister Lily to sell on but I saw him jump in the school, liked what I saw and borrowed him,” said Alfie, who headed both the 1.30m and Foxhunter with his brand new ride.
Emma McGlynn on the home-bred Billy Mexico/Goodtimes six-year-old Jalisco IV netted second in the 1.30m just 0.80 sec in arrears. Abbe Elliott took third and fourth with two mares, on the 10-year-old Casti Aneira and Zapatero VDL eight-year-old Eleonora, and Kellie Taylor rode into fifth on the Lord Z seven-year-old Ferro Opaal.
Alfie and Hightale also headed the Foxhunter with 1.17 sec to spare. Only three posted round one clears here to access the jump-off with Lily Bradstock in second on the six-year-old Shiny Rose Z. Tracy Priest also jumped a double clear on the Diarado seven-year-old Diamants Aurora for third.
Vere Phillipps guided the six-year-old Rockingham I to the top in the newcomers, relegating Ryan O’Sullivan’s eight-year-old mare Pepsi II into second with 1.84 sec to spare. Louise Bradley took third on the six-year-old Ardeo King of the Swingers with Will Fletcher on the Heritage Fortunus eight-year-old Ringwood Cookie in fourth. Joe Maher netted fifth on Leaving Las Vegas with Emma-Jo Slater sixth aboard Fielina.
Emma-Jo lifted the top two places in the Bucks Beginners, winning on Kim Barzilay’s ultra-consistent Kings of Leon – a National Championships double winner with British novice and discovery titles and the Scope 1m novice winner – and taking second with Charlotte Steel’s six-year-old Harmony Z. Hereford’s Emma Slater took third on the eight-year-old Psalm and Ryan O’Sullivan netted fourth aboard Balou Sea.
Sarah Hedges claimed victory in the accumulator, racing ahead on Nicki Sharp's Cantos Indorado 11-year-old Breaker N to beat all rivals and fill the top spot.
Lisa Burchmore topped the 1.05m on the 12-year-old Its A Puppet ahead of Nora II ahead of Annabelle Hutton on the 12-year-old Nora II. Nicki Denton popped Miss Camiro into third with Debra Hutt in fourth on It’s Springtime II and Kirsten Stewart claimed fifth on Hillswood Karina.
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