Lucy Carver is on her way to Hickstead after sealing victory in the SEIB winter novice with Evita SH at Arena UK’s final day of their winter classic.
Sixty-five competitors initially bid for the two coveted Royal International qualifying places on offer over a 13-fence track designed by Jason Abbs. A third of them found the answers in round one but the jump-off was all about the clock as eight provided double clears. Nonetheless, Lucy, 19, was tighter and quicker than any rival to take the win by 2.02 sec on the nine-year-old Lexicon/Zeoliet mare she has ridden since March.
Georgia Lovett claimed the second ticket with Sarah Evans’ Cassini Gold/Chellano seven-year-old Casilieneke H Z, a low-mileage late starter who had a Cicero foal as a five-year-old.
Sammy Cotton just missed out on Hickstead with third aboard Call Me Cornet and Rebecca Karling rode Sirnunn Lancelto Legend into fourth. Morgan Shirley was fifth on Global Halifax just ahead of sixth-placed Nikki Freeman and Meganne V.
Chantelle Duggan rounded off a great week at this show with victory in the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C on Copperwood. Chantelle – who clinched Hickstead B and C qualification with a win on Hanleen Thisthills two days earlier – raced ahead to claim another win by 0.67 sec, on this occasion riding the Iroko/Cavalier Royale nine-year-old Copperwood.
Harry Bateman slotted the Millbrook 12-year-old Granby into second with Beth Vernon and Annbalou in third. Alex Bishop finished fourth on Thomascourt Atlantis, Lorraine Allan was fifth on Somethin Else and Kirsty Pearce took sixth with Hadrianus WB.
Harry landed the top two places in the 1.20m with Granby and Anvils Every Little Helps, 0.31 sec separating the two. John Ellis and The Lammy Factor were nearest rivals for third.
Harry was denied a win in the 1.15m on Every Little Helps as Steph Gunn raced into the top spot with the Quartz II Adlehied Z nine-year-old Quastor Du Buisson Z to win by just 0.20 sec. But Harry topped the newcomers on the Bamako De Muze/Silverstone six-year-old Barry Z II with five sec to spare.
Already a multiple winner over this five-day show, Olivia Poole made the final day a winning one with the top two places in the 1.10m, winning with the consistent Chinook BH and taking second aboard Andorra.
NB: Qualifications will be updated on the website pending official grading of results.
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