Matt Sampson sings the blues at Bolesworth
Matt Sampson set a blistering pace in the opening 4* 1.45m to take victory on Jake Elliott’s Django Blue at Equerry Bolesworth International.
Matt was a social media hit last year after singing on video to show president Nina Barbour in a unique bid to secure a wildcard entry to the show. He achieved his aim in 2017 and no song was required this year and the Hamburg Derby winner underscored his talent with a win on day one.
Fifty-five contended this two-phase class but none were a match for Matt and the Chacco-Blue/Grandilot nine-year-old as he claimed a 1.26 sec advantage.
Chloe Aston led the chasing pack to take second on Kolibri Classic with Ellen Whitaker and Casktie in third for a British top three. The USA’s broke the British stranglehold with fourth place but she was riding a British-bred horse – the Hales family’s home-bred eight-year-old SFS Vincomte (Veni Vidi Vici/Magic Darco). Julie Andrews slipped Ayrton IV into fifth and John Whitaker took sixth on Cassinis Chaplin.
Showjumpers paired up with eventers for the Cazenove Capital eventing grand prix with Beth Vernon on the seven-year-old Balou Du Rouet daughter Annbalou joining Andrew Hoy aboard the Contendro I 16-year-old Cheeky Calimbo to take the top spot by 2.49 sec.
Jamie Wingrove on the Vingino/Mermus R nine-year-old Ephonie P teamed up with Christopher Burton aboard the 14-year-old Polystar to take second spot and Joe Clayton on Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus KDHI partnered Tom McEwen with Royal Roxy for third place.
Lily Freeman-Attwood, 16, outpaced all 83 rivals to take the 2* 1.35m two-phase on the 11-year-old Etrusco daughter Topspin by a handsome 2.59 sec over Ireland’s Matt Garrigan on MHS La Scala. Brits Graham Lovegrove on the Toronto V 12-year-old Tyson Z and Robert Maguire with the Diamant De Semilly 10-year-old King Kong finished in fourth and fifth spots.
Brits filled the top three in the 81-strong 2* 1.30m two-phase, Angie Thompson proving the quickest on the Cornet Obolensky 12-year-old Cornet Obolensky Junior with just 0.10 sec to spare. Emily Ward clinched second place with the Oklund/Cavalier 15-year-old Wild Rose and Robert Murphy jumped into third on the Careful/Jus De Pomme 10-year-old Acapella. Annabel Shields picked up sixth on the seven-year-old Gerona VH.
It was all about the clock in the amateur 1.25m two-phase as 13 double clears materialized and Brits filled the top 10 places. But Rebecca Marsh left her 29 rivals traililng in her wake to claim the top spot on the Temple Croesus 11-year-old Temple Colett with 4.61 sec in hand.
Gabriella Spencer rode the nine-year-old Duke Of Tell into second with Olivia Gillespie third on the Cassaro 11-year-old Carracasca B and Lauren Turnbull finished fourth on VIP. Claire West’s Courageux took fifth ahead of Samantha Sellers and Darcobal Fravanca.
Tony Pearson led a British top five in the amateur 1.15m two-phase with Boombastic, the Winningmood/Faust Z 12-year-old claiming 0.84 sec advantage over Caroline Breen in second on the Ard VDL Douglas 13-year-old Kilmastulla Douglas. Julie Slade filled third spot on Billy Gogo with Iwan Carpenter on Jordanta Van De Eyckenhoeve in fourth and Megan Broadway aboard Capello II in fifth place.
Emily Sage claimed the honours in the five-year-old on I Am A Harley (Harley VDL/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve) with 2.20 sec over Jamie Wingrove’s Iniesta KS (I’m Special De Muze/Larino). Lorrain Lock guided Artisan into third with Emma Stoker fourth on Illonois.
Naomi Maxted Massey topped the six-year-old with MM Cute Contender (Cartoon/Con Air) by 2.39 sec over second-placed Emma and townhead Happynes. Joseph Hughes-Jones jumped into third on Hocus Pocus with Eliott Betts fourth on Havannah Gold just ahead of Jamie and Caia Z.
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