Crowd-pleasing partnership Kerry Brennan and the ever-eager Wellington M claimed victory at Suffolk County’s International Stairway.
Four of the 20 starters posted first round clears over Kelvin Bywater’s 12-fence track and were joined by fastest four-faulter Abbe Elliiott carrying her faults to make five for the jump-off. Only two double clears were realised, Kerry racing ahead on the Quidam De Revel/Cash 15-year-old ‘Wellie’ to claim the £2,500 first prize with a handsome 2.48 sec to spare.
Joe Clayton’s efforts on Jane Heerbeck’s C Indoctro II/Gran Corrado 11-year-old Carolus K – a winner in Bethune, France, two weeks earlier – were relegated to second place.
Nigel Coupe on his 2017 Hickstead Derby winner Golvers Hill provided the fastest time in the jump-off by almost three sec but hit the last to drop to third. Phillip Miller rode Brendon Stud’s Unbelievable Lady into fourth and Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) finished fifth with Wilandri E.
No-one could catch Joe and Carolus K in the Suffolk speed stakes although several tried and paid the penalty with seconds added to their time for a rail – or two – down. Dale Burnham jumped into second with Doriena and Sam Ward finished third on Romany and sixth with Troy III. Yazmin Pinchen took fourth on Con Chilli and William Feltcher slotted Tiger Bright into fifth.
Tracy Priest out-jumped her 23 rivals in the International Trial with the only double clear on the scopey Caristo VDL to land the top spot.
Five of the original 21 provided clears to access the jump-off, but clear rounds proved much more difficult to obtain in round two, the second element of the double catching all but Tracy and the ultra-careful Silverstone/Quick Star 11-year-old and their steady clear claimed the £2,000.
Richard Barton was more than 10 sec faster but returned on four faults with Gay Hartley’s Ukato 10-year-old Donata to take second and both Joe Clayton on Via VD Karmenhoek and Will Fletcher’s Persimmon came home on eight for third and fourth. Helen Tredwell finished fifth on Sebastian VII.
Ben Walker headed the 24-strong welcome stakes 1.50m speed with 0.97 sec to spare on Brendon Stud’s eight-year-old Warrior/Maestro Nativio mare Native Warrior. Tracy almost made it a double but had to settle for second on Caruso D’Eres Z and Dale finished third on Doriena with more points gained to his leading rider of the show award. Abbe slotted Booming Blue Z into fourth with Tim Page’s Quick Quintender fifth and Phillip took sixth aboard Warratino.
Tim outpaced all to take the 1.25m on the Clarimo/Contender seven-year-old Casanova 499, claiming 2.63 sec in hand over Tim Davies in second and third on Lionel Van De Markieslanden and Holiday VD Hazelhof. Holly Brougham finished fourth on Untouchable VI just ahead of Helen Tredwell on NPS Arleena in fifth.
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