Keith Shore hit form at his local Warrington show with victory in the top-billed area trial on his seasoned campaigner Mystic Hurricane.
Five of the 22 starters gained first round clears over the 11-fence track designed by Sue Barratt, Keith claiming two of them. And Keith had got the measure of the course aboard the Tornado/Magic Motion 15-year-old ‘Hurry’ providing another clear to win 1.29 sec.
James Davenport steered the Cardento 14-year-old Tiger IV into second spot with Sarah Billington – contending her first area trial – produced the only other double clear on the Ustinov/Darco 10-year-old Uforia JX to take third.
Kerry Brennan provided the fastest time of the class by almost four sec but a rail down dropped Wellington M to fourth place. Keith hit the penultimate fence on Iron Lady Van’t Meulenhof to also finish on four faults for fifth.
Nicole Kershaw must have thought the odds were against her after missing out on HOYS by one place in Wales and West’s Foxhunter second round and the HOYS grade C at Newark and Notts with LCC Comanche, but it just made her more determined. And it paid off at Warrington county show as she forged ahead in the Speedi-Beet HOYS grade C to take the top spot.
An initial 38 contended this class and exactly half provided first round clears for 19 to come forward to a hot jump-off. But Nicole maxed on her late draw to guide Alan Fazakerley’s Corland/Clover Hill eight-year-old Comanche into the top spot with just 0.11 sec to spare.
Derek Morton landed second place on the talented OBOS Quality 004/High Roller seven-year-old High Quality and Richard Howley steered the C Indoctro II/ Corland eight-year-old Farianne into third for the final HOYS finalist place.
Joel Parkinson was just 0.18 sec away from a qualifying place in fourth on Emmet VDM with Alison Barton in fifth on Billy Rembrandt and Stephen Gee claimed sixth aboard Djinn Wajoutie.
Nicole doubled up in the B and C, winning with the Douglas/Nimmerdor nine-year-old Ballinsteskin Eye Catcher with 0.64 sec to spare over Claire Shepherd Bramham and Millfield Kaiser. Brian Thompson slotted Millfield Cascade into third with Keith Shore on Manzana De Rigo fourth and Robert Murphy claimed fifth aboard Highcross Violet.
Rachael Connor outpaced all 30 rivals in the 1.30m to land the top spot on the Casantos/Oklund eight-year-old Fantastic, claiming a 1.29 sec advantage in the 13-strong decider. Zac Beesley guided Sharon Whiteway’s Diralda P into second with Geoff Goodwin in third on Lord Castell ahead of Kerry Brennan in fourth on Flinstone De Ness and fifth-placed Keith Shore with Iron Lady Van’t Meulenhof.
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