Annabel Shields made her journey to Scotland worthwhile with awinning double, taking the Champagne Cave winter B and C and SEIB winter novice qualifiers at Morris Equestrian Centre’s development classic for dual Hickstead qualification.
Twenty-two initially contended this Hickstead qualifier with Annabel on the Sir Shutterfly/Mermus R 11-year-old Capriole taking charge in the seven-horse jump-off to win with 2.49 sec in hand. Johnathan Dixon claimed second on a new ride, the 11-year-old Camaro (Ultimate/Lauriston), to secure a coveted finalist place at the Royal International Horse Show. Declan Irvine and Mystic Independence missed out by only 0.05 sec for third. Emma Crawford took fourth on Ferragamo L with Abbie Bevan’s Fabiola Fairy V in fifth and Millie Allen finished sixth on Newton Tigre.
Annabel proved unbeatable in the SEIB winter novice. Twenty-two of the 46 starters posted initial clears to access the jump-off, but on-form Annabel too the shortest route, galloping ahead to take victory by 2.02 sec on the Adagio/Sandro seven-year-old Heather M.
Jodie Crawford claimed second place and the final qualifying ticket on the seven-year-old CES Wicked Contender (Contendro/Cavalier). Scarlett Ward was 0.34 sec in arrears for third on Grace 55 with Brian Thompson in fourth on Aredis Twiggy and Anneliese Aitken took fifth on Eagele Z.
Declan Irvine was another double winner with 1.35m and 1.25m wins. He raced ahead to take the top spot of the winter 1.35m on the Lupicor 10-year-old Mystic Independence with 2.38 sec to spare. Millie slotted the Atlantic/Indoctro 10-year-old Newton Tigre – winner of the concluding 1.30m – into second here. Alex Barr guided Bettilina into third with Danielle Kenington in fourth on Hanleen Evissa ahead of Kelly Connor-Baillie’s Bailande Van de Kapel in fifth and sixth-placed Scarlett Ward aboard Calista H.
Declan dominated the DDS Demolition 1.25m, taking the top three places with the nine-year-old HHS Dramarko, the Harlequin Du Carel/Clover Hill 10-year-old Keeford Carousel – winner of an earlier 1.20m – and the eight-year-old Zandeur Clover, 1.73 sec separating the three. Kate Lewis finished fourth on Vileva II, Rachel Walker took fifth on Bo Gi and Joanne Dixon was sixth on Camona.
Millie topped the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C qualifier with Quinu De Pravia, an Action Breaker nine-year-old she has ridden since October. Emma Crawford was 1.10 sec behind for second on the Ustino/Haarlem eight-year-old Ferragamo L and Sarah Borthwick on Cendara De Mies from the grade B section filled third. Alex Barr on Flaco shared fourth spot with Declan aboard Zandeur Clover and Sean Curran took sixth on Enzo V.
Kelly jumped to the top in the winter seven-year-old, Cool Flo, the Think Twice/Ukato mare with 0.53 sec in hand. Johnathan rode HS Agris Gucci Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL/Lasino) – winner of an earlier Foxhunter – into second with Millie taking third and fifth on Fashion Statement and G Star Blue, sandwiching Morgan Carpenter into the fourth qualifying spot on Merllyns Chocca Nova.
Johnathan claimed the winter grade C qualifier with the seven-year-old Gogobantos (Crespo VDL/Douglas) with a 0.92 sec advantage over Millie on the For Fashion seven-year-old Fashion Statement. Alex Barr claimed third and fourth on Falco and Ferrara Durona with Kelly and George Scais in fifth ahead of Millie and second ride Quinu Du Pravia in sixth.
Emma Crawford headed the winter six-year-old on the Caretino gelding Dukes of Hazzard with 1.40 sec to spare over Jodie Crawford, in second aboard Moonlight Van De Kortweg (Zirocco Blue VDL/Triomphe De Muze). Sean Henderson rode Inventor into third with Alex on Mandelay Bay III in fourth, James Talyor filled fifth place on Gubeon Junior Kannan and Trevor Nicholson claimed sixth on HBF Diva.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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