Mark Edwards enjoyed a terrific Royal Norfolk Show with victory in the two major classes on the home-bred Montreuxs Tale, landing the International Stairway and area trial abd adding the Ride and Drive to his tally.
Nineteen tackled Kelvin Bywater’s 12-fence International Stairway track with eight producing first round clears to access the jump-off, Mark claiming three of them. And it was all about the clock as five delivered double clears, but an on-form Mark and the Tinkers Tale/Corleone eight-year-old – who moved up to this level six weeks ago – found the quickest route to edge ahead by just 0.47 sec to make it four wins on the trot.
Mark also slotted Tony and Bernice Hill’s Quartz II Adelheid Z nine-year-old Quidde Du Buisson Z into third. Olli Fletcher maintained his good form to take second on the Douglas/Silverstone 10-year-old Hello Dsickoboy DN with Olivia Poole’s Connery III in fourth and Kirsty Hardstaff fifth on Quid. Four faults dropped others down the line, Tracey Newman finished sixth on Challenge with Mark on Tinkers Tale seventh and Olli aboard second ride KBIS Caicos took eighth.
Five of an initial 20 contended the area trial jump-off, the two original clears joined by the three fastest four-faulters. Fittingly, two double clears claimed the top two places with Mark easing ahead to take the win by 2.75 sec.
Mark Williams guided the Diarado/Vigaro Z eight-year-old Greenacres Diadoro into second place with Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) improving on her first round four faults with a quick clear for third on Wilandri E. Olivia Poole also jumped for four and a clear in the jump-off to steer Connery III into fourth spot with Tracey Newman on Challenge in fifth on four and four.
And Mark Edwards rounded off an amazing Norfolk show winning the Ride and Drive on the 10-year-old Its Business Class.
Abbe and the Lupicor 15-year-old Wilandri E topped the opening 18-horse A and B 1.40m speed, forging ahead to win with 2.17 sec to spare. Will eased the 10-year-old mare Tiger Bright into second with Tim Page and the 10-year-old Quick Contender slotting into third. Mark and Diadoro finished fourth ahead of Holly Brougham in fifth with Untouchable VI.
Allana Clutterbuck claimed the top spot in the Speedi-Beet HOYS grade C with new ride of one month Vykinbay.
Only seven of the 48 starters reached the jump-off and despite the new partnership the pair raced ahead with Allana clinching victory by 2.30 sec on the French-bred nine-year-old.
Ronnie Jones is also off the HOYS with second place on the Mr Blue/Kannan nine-year-old Mylow Blue Z and Lance Whitehouse picked up the third qualifying spot on the home-bred eight-year-old Argento stallion Bazento.
Dan Delsart just missed out in fourth place with the Untouchable-sired Ulysse De Bornival, but as this gelding is only a six-year-old, it was a good result. Tim Page finished fifth on Wild Balou Bill with Lance took sixth on Whitesparke Blanko and Alex Bishop took seventh on MHS Tampa Bay.
Clea Phillipps triumphed in the 40-strong 1.25m aboard the Marius Claudius 11-year-old Skerne Scipio with almost seven sec to spare over Allana’s sensible steady clear on Vykin Bay. Harry Whall slotted the six-year-old Spartacus daughter Happy Fomia into third with Zoe Smith and Avanna in fourth spot.
Course-builder Amanda Routledge jumped into the saddle to register victory in the 1.20m two-phase with just 0.30 sec to spare on the 16-year-old Quick Star daughter Caloundra Van De Koekoek. Elizabeth Grey steered Capitol Star into second with Ruby Pointer’s Dutsy Van Het Hek in third and Sharon Hunt took fourth on Loughnatousa Venture.
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