A delighted Tatiane Mauree secured victory in the Charles Britton Construction winter JA classic with the on-form Horseabout Zibu at the 148cm pony premier at Morris Equestrian Centre in Scotland.
Tatiane only stepped up this nine-year-old mare to this level two weeks ago after claiming Hickstead winter JC qualification with a win at South View. And it paid dividends here. Fifteen contended Sunday’s winter JA classic over course-designer Ian Clark’s 10-fence track with five contending round two and three gaining access to the third and final round against the clock to fill the three qualifying places on offer. And all three have also qualified for the Royal International JC final at Hickstead.
With the pressure off it was all about the money and first off Rachel Proudley with her South View JC winner Family Affaer II was out to set a competitive standard. But the first element of a midway double fell and she had to settle for an eventual third.
Lila Bremner opted for an accurate clear on the talented nine-year-old Lapislazuli to take a brief lead and hand Lila a second winter JA finalist ticket – Foxy Lady 55 qualified at Aintree.
But Tatiane wiped two sec from her time with Zibu, winner of a winter JC at Aintree.
Elsi Jacques finished in fourth on Trevoulter Ladies Man and Shaunie posted the other round one clear for fifth on Casino Royale.
Shaunie Greig claimed her third qualifying ticket in Saturday’s winter JA classic with Quilitymaes Z. Shaunie already has her HOYS double champion Casino Royale and Granouche through to the JA final in April after taking two qualifying places at Aintree. And she claimed her second win of the 2019 series in her native Scotland.
Only 13 started here over a 10-fence track with three coming forward to round two. A rail down at the middle element in the final combination saw Anoushka Mauree bow out here with Miami Moonbeam but their efforts were rewarded with third and the final qualifying place.
It left Shaunie to battle it out in a head-to-head with Elsi Jacques and Westward Sunshine and both faulted. Shaunie lowered the first but made no further mistake and landed the top spot on Linda Billington’s 18-year-old mare Quilitymaes Z. Elsi also hit the first and produced a quicker time on the nine-year-old mare Westward Sunsine, but another rail fell to drop them into second spot.
Lila enjoyed a great weekend and picked up Hickstead qualification with the consistent Lapislazuli in Saturday’s winter JC, taking second to Galin Watkin Jones and Trevor H (pictured).
Thirty-two contended over a 10-fence 1.15m track with an initial 15 jumping clear and an eventual eight tackling the jump-off. And Glain took charge with a speedy clear on the German-bred Timesquare/Corrado II eight-year-old Trevor to take a commanding victory of 4.48 sec.
Lila posted a steadier clear with Lapislazuli for second spot and Paige Newton was just 0.02 sec in arrears for the third and final qualifying place on Ulyss Keziah.
Jennifer Billington just missed out with fourth place on Faith X but more than made up for it with victory the following day. Thirteen of the 30 starters returned initial clears but just four survived over the second round raised and shortened course to battle for the two Royal International passes on offer.
Jennifer ensured she posted a quick enough round on this occasion, sweeping into an unassailable win on Faith, a nine-year-old she has competed since November, with more than five sec to spare. Mia Shore eased the Irish-bred 10-year-old Robin Hood Lad into second for the other coveted Hickstead place. Megan Woodcock also posted a treble clear for third on Caerddaniel Lone Star and four faults dropped Ella Quigley and Daisy De Chambord into fourth.
Elsi was on form with Westward Sunshine and claimed a double victory over the weekend. She triumphed in the 31-strong Blue Chip Pro sparkle JC/JA with 1.16 sec in hand. Tabitha Kyle slotted Orchids Vienna into second with Amy Morris on her 1.15m members cup winner Tobar King in third and Rachel’s Family Affaer in fourth – all from the JA section.
Elsi and Westward Sunshine also won Sunday’s 24-strong JC/JA handicap with almost four sec to spare, again at the expense of Tabitha – in second and third on Orchids Vienna and Hieltvields Bjorn.
And Tabitha had to settle for second and third with Vienna and Bjorn in the 148cm restricted, won by Rachel and Jet III.
Claudia Harding topped the Horsequest UK coral/1.10m by 2.60 sec with the 12-year-old Wheres My Colour. Jennifer Billington claimed second on Riversdale Sioux and fourth aboard Solo Silver with Glain and Trevor H sandwiched into third.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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