Holly Smith hit top form at Aintree Equestrian Centre’s elite show to notch up a handsome double of victories on the penultimate day with 1.40m and Blue Chip B and C wins.
She topped a hotly competitive 1.40m with the versatile Quality Old Joker. The Irish-bred OBOS Quality/Slyguff Joker 10-year-old is regarded as a Puissance specialist and finished second at Olympia, but Joker can turn to grand prix and speed classes, and he showed his fleet of foot here to win with 0.31 sec in hand.
Kerry Brennan, third 24 hours earlier, stepped up a gear on the feisty Quidam/Cash 15-year-old Wellington M to take second spot with Christie Pritchard and Waldemar in third. Phillip Miller eased Brendon Stud’s Unbelievable Lady into fourth and Holly picked up fifth aboard second ride Fruselli with Ben Walker in sixth on Roulette H.
And Fruselli who came to the fore in the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C, the Zambesi/Karandasj eight-year-old stallion crossing the line with just 0.17 sec to register another win for Holly. Jessica Crosby rode the seven-year-old Harvey into second with Jake Elliott and Django Blue in third. Adam Ellery filled fourth place ahead of Joel Parkinson on Emmet VDM in fifth and Nicola Barry on Sovereign Equestrian’s True Blue took sixth place.
Ben Walker topped the 1.30m with the 16-year-old Victory VI (Odermus R/Clinton), claiming a 0.66 sec advantage over Charlotte Arnold on the Quasimodo Z 10-year-old Divedent SB. Jo McGlory rode Darcobal Fravanca into third with Rachel Walker’s Bo-Gi in fourth and fifth-placed James Wilson on Dunia LA.
Adam Ellery headed the Blue Chip Karma performance on the Baldwin B eight-year-old Fairway two sec in front of Claire West, in second on the 11-year-old mare Courageux (Chacco Blue/Farmer). Chris Smith slotted the eight-year-old Numero Uno stallion Footloose LG into third with Charlotte Arnold in fourth and sixth aboard Leestone Blue Voltet and Jeppsen K, sandwiching Gonzalo Azevdeo Silva on Ebrusa into fifth.
Winners earlier in the week, Rachael Connor galloped into victory in the 1.15m with B Valeree, her 12-year-old Larino daughter and a HOYS 2017 newcomer finalist. Adam Ellery eased the eight-year-old mare Drewmain Dark Star into second place, 1.18 sec in arrears. Carla Bowlam and Capriool III finished third with Jeanette Powell’s Falcao in fourth and Karen Bosworth aboard Lady Rouge in fifth.
Beth Vernon triumphed in the newcomers with Tinkabella, the Tinkas Boy/Union Du Taillan VII six-year-old finishing just 0.06 sec in front of Drew Coogan’s Country Top Gun 11-year-old Mount Pleasant Lily. Sophie Stockdale took third on Flemenco T with Annabel Lomas in fourth aboard Karina.
Photos © Jumping Around