Paul Barker doubles up at Chepstow

April 29, 2018

Paul Barker doubled up on day three at Chepstow, taking the big tour speed on Happy Boy and the small grand aboard Sandors Legacy.

Fifty-seven initially tackled the small 1.35m grand prix with 18 chasing the ultimate prize in the jump-off.  But Paul had all the turns sewn up on his season campaigner Sandors Legacy, the 13-year-old holding off all challenges to win by 1.07 sec.

Lance Whitehouse’s opener on Bazento claimed second place with The USA’s Julie Welles in third on Greatfull.  Charlotte Horne eased Ferdi M into fourth with Sarah Mousley fifth on Gait L and Dan Neilson’s Flora By Gucci took sixth.

Paul had already scored a win in the big tour 1.40m speed on Sovereign Equestrian’s Happy Boy in a 35-strong class, the Kannan 11-year-old forging ahead for victory by 0.55 sec.

Kerry Brennan and Wellington M – runners-up on day one – again had to settle for second with Sammie Jo Coffin and Bellamy II in third.  Lauren Edwards jumped Ella Sandra G into fourth just ahead of Yazmimn Davis in fifth on Zanbowa Z and sixth-placed Gemma Ellison with Cynthia Flint.

Tracy Priest landed the medium tour grand prix with the Calvaro Z/Radiator nine-year-old Caruso D’Eres Z with a flourishing gallop to the last for a 0.21 sec victory. 

Clears had proved hard to come by as course-designer Bernardo Costa Cabral used commited related lines and dog-leg lines all on a forward-going stride to reduce the 56 starters to just eight for the jump-off.

“It was a very clever track,” said Tracy.

Dan Neilson had to settle for second on Cirrus and Jess Dimmock took third on Billy Tortilla.  Stuart Harvey guided Elite Patty K into fourth with Francesca Grazebrook in fifth with four faults on Oak Groves Lutece.

Julian Mincher has proved unbeatable in the gold tour and took his third win on day three with the ultra-consistent Calista. 

Fifty-six contended this speed class but no-one was a match for Julian and the Calvaro FCS/Cavalier Royale 12-year-old mare and they raced into the top spot with 0.83 sec in hand.  Harry Bateman took second on Freire with Mark Edwards and Harley H third.  Olli Fletcher jumped Dahar into fourth with Georgia Cabb’s Uragan in fifth and Perdi Digby claimed sixth on Highland Cruiser II.

Amy Pritchard topped the 68-strong silver tour accumulator on he 16-year-old Hellza Poppin II with more than four sec to spare in a very quick, decisive round.  Kate Lewis guided Vileva into second with Izzi Ryder’s In The Mood Van Kreikenhof in third.  Alice Bradford finished fourth on Bukato, Joss Williams rode Think It Over into fifth and Olivia March took sixth aboard The Bear Necessity.

Nicole Lockhead Anderson was a force to be reckoned with in the 148cm European pony viewing trials, heading both Friday’s warm-up and Saturday’s pony speed.

Twenty-seven jumped in the warm-up with Nicole taking charge on her Scope Dunglenn champion Gangnam Style, the Irish-bred nine-year-old jumping to the top of the two-phase class with 1.14 sec to spare.  Shaunie Greig claimed second spot on Moonlight Flight with Harry Wood’s Landlord III in third.  Claudia Moore claimed fourth and sixth on Delflip and Elando Van De Roshoeve, sandwiching Nicole’s second ride Lynncott Fancy Pants into fifth.

In the 25-strong speed, Nicole’s efforts on the Irish-bred 13-year-old Killack King claimed the top spot with 2.42 sec in hand.  Shaunie again had to settle for second, again with Moonlight Flight, and Perdi Digby slotted Kayleighs Star into third.  Faye Sutton’s early round on Robe Ruadh took fourth with Nicole and Fancy Pants fifth and Claudia Moore’s Shamrock Du Gite in sixth.

Els Simpson raced to the top in the children-on-horses two-phase with the nine-year-old Fetcher/Corland mare My Lucky Day on day one to win by 1.06 sec.  Atiya Bussey took second with new ride Chesterfield Z – formerly with Anna Power – and Harriette Jones took third on Early Edition VK.  Isabel Saywell finished fourth on Upperclass and Atiya also picked up fifth on Westwinds Ego.

But Atiya came out fighting on day two to claim the top two places with the only clears in the speed leg, the Diamond Valley Gold/Clover Hill 16-year-old Westwinds Ego taking the win with the Chippendale Z 12-year-old Chesterfield in second, more than six sec separating the two.  Els finished third on My Lucky Day with Isabel and Upperclass in fourth place.    


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