Billy Twomey expertly guided the consistent Ardcolum Duke to head the 1.45m two-phase on day two at a frosty Keysoe International in Bedfordshire.
Thirty-nine contended here with 10 providing double clears over course-designer Kelvin Byateer’s subtly clever track. But Billy had the class sewn up on the 13-year-old Gypsy Duke/Clover Hill stallion – already a 5* winner this year in Antwerp and Zurich. They took the win here with 0.95 sec to spare.
“He’s a really good horse for me and wins at most shows we go to,” said Billy. “It worked out well for me [in this class], he was fast, careful and looking for the win and the course was decent enough – it wasn’t all about speed, there was still something to jump.”
Yazmin Davis rode her Oswestry 2* grand prix winner Zilverster II into second just ahead of Millie Allen and the Balou Du Rouet stallion Balou Star – winner of the world class under 23 last week at Morris winter premier.
Louise Whitaker jumped into fourth and fifth on Udget Du Rozel and Ruby VIII with Phillip Miller on sixth spot on Sussex Caretino.
Matt Sampson’s blistering pace claimed a convincing victory in the 1.35m speed, racing ahead on the Renkum Off-Centre/Quick Star 11-year-old Renkum Centre Star to win with 0.73 sec in hand. Matt claimed the ride after producer Georgie Crumley asked him to take over the reins so the talented gelding could continue competing abroad.
“He wins a lot of speed classes,” said Matt, who is based near Hickstead in West Sussex. “I’ve only had him about three months and he’s done well in big classes as well, but I can drop him down and have fun on him, too.”
Ben Walker jumped into second on Victory with Corinne Collins and Bugatti B filling third place. Sienna Charles eased Chaitanya 2 into fourth ahead of William Walker in fifth aboard Elvis Van De Vrunte and John Crippen, in sixth with Loughnatousa OB.
Nici Wilson made it two out of two with her consistent mare Naomi 55. Winners of the 1.20m on day one, 24 hours later they headed the 1.25m speed with a 0.42 sec advantage.
“She’s having a fun little holiday,” she said. “I got her to produce as a junior horse, and she evented up to novice but didn’t really like it because she was too careful. I started jumping her and she just had so much that I thought we ought to carry on! She goes hunting, too, and at home, anyone can go for a hack on her – she’s just so chilled.”
Chloe Winchester eased Lea Popely’s Little Luidam into second with Florence Bellm and Chipie BF Z in third. Carla Bowlan claimed fourth on Capriool with Jodie Hall McAteer fifth on Colette and Rebecca Ravilious in sixth on Billy Macbeth.
Second in the 1.10m 24 hours earlier, Polly Shaw went one better in the 1.15m to claim the win on the Irish-bred nine-year-old mare Goden Grove AIT A with 0.72 sec in hand.
Steph Gunn slotted Mooi Merrie LS into second in the 49-trong speed with Corinne Collins and Cruise King in third. Tagatha Payne filled fourth spot on The Maharanee ahead of Ruby Pointer in fifth on Dutsy Van Het Hek and Elizabeth Gray jumped into sixth with Capitol Star.
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