Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) lifted the Jump For Life 1.35m grand prix with the final round with her big-jumping Wilandri E.
Forty-four initially tackled course-designer Phil Ashworth’s 13-fence track but faults came everywhere, although the final combination took its toll on several, and just seven came forward to the jump-off.
Sophie Heaven’s early lead on Pampelonne was immediately overtaken by Helen Tredwell on Remi Argentux and in turn, Jordan Gann wiped away more than a second with Lakeland Dancer. However, the best came last, Abbe using the big stride of the Lupicor 14-year-old Wilandri to score a handsome win with one and a half sec to spare. “He’s brave and knows his job inside out,” said Abbe, who alongside her mother Sadie donated half her prize money back to the cancer research charity in aid of this show.
Jordan took second with the 11-year-old mare Lakeland Dancer and Helen’s Remi Argentux stood third. Jess Dimmock slotted Chandon Blue into fourth with Clare Reynolds fifth on Abu Dhabi and Sophie claimed sixth on Pampelonne.
A charity auction in aid of cancer research with lots including a horse sculpture by Abbe's husband Charles Elliott and a horseshoe worn by Olympic champion Big Star along with a framed photo signed by Nick Skelton, was held immediately after the grand prix and raised in excess of £5,500 - double the amount raised in 2015.
Laura Renwick doubled up with two wins, giving her horses a steady run out just before she goes out to Vilamoura, topping the Foxhunter/grade C and accumulator.
The accumulator proved a battle between Laura and Simon Crippen with Laura coming out on top with three of the top six places.
With four rides in the accumulator, Laura was favoured and took an early lead on Alothain De Blondel and secured second aboard MHS Washington. However, she was demoted by Simon’s quick round with Judy Ross’ 12-year-old mare Atlanta VIII with Simon’s wife Abbie also splitting Laura’s two on Vilka B.
But Laura came back fighting with her 5* ride Bintang – the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Orlando 11-year-old having his first outing for more than two weeks – to claim the top spot with 1.59 sec to spare.
Simon settled for second with Laura third on Alothain, Abbie on Vilka took fourth and Laura filled fifth and sixth on Utrillo De Breve and MHS Washington.
Laura also topped the initial Foxhunter/grade C on the promising seven-year-old Alothain De Blondel (Newton De Kreisker/Heartbreaker), claiming the win and £400 first prize with almost three sec in hand.
Chris Whinnett guided the nine-year-old Joe Diamond into second with Jamie Wingrove third aboard the five-year-old Hallo Cerina F. Jordan Gann picked up fourth on Aymara Vant Ameldonk Z with Bumble Thomas fifth on Esperance II and Poppy Stronge filled sixth spot with Lucky 3.
Josie Symons headed the 1.15m grand prix on her children-on-horses European championships partner Concordette RR in a hotly-contended class, winning by just 0.15 sec. Will Fletcher jumped into second on Di Wilson’s Tiger Bright and Ruth Reay filled third place on Call Girl I. Emma Ashworth took fourth on Fjara with Katie Waldock-Smith fifth on Di Saronno and Pllly Shaw finished sixth with Galano Ter Klomp.
Alex Moorhouse jumped to the top in the newcomers with the Womanizer six-year-old Harmonizer, securing victory by 0.34 sec. Jamie eased the Lancelot/Lux Z five-year-old Ballycommon Gem into second ahead of third-placed Chris Whinnett on Ballycoolan Rosie, Chris also claiming the highest placed under 18 rider. Emma Ashworth jumped into fourth on Amelusina II with Tim Stockdale’s Union Jack in fifth and Jordan finished sixth on Brownheath Rafiki.
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