Michaela Webb topped the Champagne Cave winter B&C with Stellar Skylight at Hartpury College to ensure a Hickstead finalist place.
Only twenty-one started over Kevin Bull’s 11-fence track with six gaining jump-off access, Michaela racing into the top spot with almost a sec to spare on Skylight, a German-bred nine-year-old gelding she has competed since August. Alfie Bradstock secured the second and final qualifying place with the only other double cear on the nine-year-old mare Fuzeta Beech. Nicola Barry provided the fastest time of the class by almost three sec but a rail down dropped True Blue III to third with Chloe Reynolds in fourth on Tinkerbell W. Joe Fernyhough slooted Calcourt Quicktime into fifth and Adam Ellery’s Fairway finished sixth.
Emma-Jo Slater outpaced all 47 rivals to top the SEIB winter novice qualifier with Charlotte Steel’s Milestone Gold.
Thirty-two contended the jump-off but Emma-Jo had all the turns sussed to come home with 1.96 sec in hand on the Hamilton Tropics/Stateman Magna VII 11-year-old. Nick Edwards clinched the second qualifying Hickstead place with the Clarimo seven-year-old Rensa. Bex Mason was 0.37 sec away from qualifying for third place on Vancurtis with Gemma Hallett fourth on Hipster and Ryan Page finished fifth on Scarthill Rose Wood.
Mark Edwards came away with a hat-trick of wins on Sunday after heading the winter 1.35m, six-year-old and 1.20m.
Six of 14 starters contended the 1.35m jump-off, Mark and Tony Hill’s Quartz II Adelheid Z/Zandor Z nine-year-old Quidde De Buisson Z taking the top spot by more than two sec in hand. Olli Fletcher guided Temple Rebus into second with Paul Bevan’s Deangelo II providing the final double clear for third. Joe Fernyhough took fourth on Calcourt Fergus with Poppy Stronge on Cheek in fifth and Molly Davies sixth aboard Bayard.
Mark claimed the winter six-year-old on Howenna in a 17-strong jump-off, the Zavall VDL/Monaco mare claiming a 0.42 sec advantage. Nicola Barry secured second and third places with Sovereign Equestrian’s Highhope DD (Durrant/Gregor) and Be Caprivi (Balloon/World Way) and Milli Cornock took fourth spot on Calcourt Qualvados. Adam Ellery jumped into fifth on Helios B and Zoe Henshall filled sixth spot with Hosloma.
Mark’s third win came in the 1.20m on the 10-year-old Harley H in a four-horse decider with a 0.82 sec advantage over Olli Fletcher and Little Business.
Chloe Reynolds claimed a commanding victory in the winter seven-year-old qualifier with her current Big Star national six-year-old champion Grenadier Volo (Numero Uno/Quidam De Ravel). The pair claimed 6.46 sec in hand over Adam Ellery, in second on Levis K with the only other double clear in the five-horse jump-off. Amy Hulls finished third on Liquido Van De Bucxtale with Katinka Brogaard in fourth on Galveston G. Joe Fernyhough filled fifth and sixth places on Calcourt Carino and Calcourt Fidibus.
Four of the initial 11 went forward to round two in the winter grade C qualifier, Adam Ellery producing the only double clear for victory on the Baldwin B eight-year-old Fairway. Charlotte Dole steered NPS Easter into second with Thelma Biancardi third on Allenstown Luidam and Donna Callaghan took fourth aboard Freek VT Scharenborg.
Bex Mason was also a three-time winner. The Vangelis S/William Curtis six-year-old Vancurtis topped a Foxhunter for Bex, she took a newcomers win on the seven-year-old Master Harleyquin daughter Miserden Savannah and a 1.10m win aboard the eight-year-old mare Drewmain Dark Star.
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