Paul Bevan lands the South View grand prix in style
A last-minute decision by Paul Bevan to contend South View Equestrian Centre’s winter classic grand prix with Deangelo II paid with a handsome victory.
“We’ve only just returned from Lier in Belgium and I intended to give him a week away from a show, but after a couple of days off he was so fresh he nearly put me on the floor at home so I decided he needed a class,” said Paul.
Twenty-seven took on course-designer Gillian Milner’s 12-fence grand prix track and just five came up with all the answers to access the jump-off.
“It got progressively more difficult and the combination was strong,” said Paul.
Danielle Farnsworth – winner of the 1.40m with Eline IX – set off at a tremendous pace with the 10-year-old mare but clipped the rail coming out of the double.
Paul followed with a copybook clear some two sec steadier on the talented 11-year-old Deangelo (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Kashmir Van Schuttershof), but they remained unchallenged as the following three faulted.
Harry Whall eased Eclips XIII into third with Harry Bateman on Granby in fourth and Liam Fitzgerald filled fifth spot on Cowboy.
Harry Bateman was in winning mode at this show and his breath-taking opening round on Sid and Jackie Jones’ Greta Garbo seized the top spot of the Champagne Cave winter B and C, the last-minute decision to enter this class paying handsomely.
“She went very green in an earlier class so we entered her in this, she only started jumping 12 months ago in her six-year-old year and she’s still very inexperienced,” said Harry, on the seven-year-old Grey Top daughter.
The gallop to the final oxer clinched the win – “I heard Jackie say something and thought she’d said ‘Go!’, she actually said ‘Keep Flowing’ but I did go and took a stride out. She’s careful and can land and turn on a sixpence, she’ll be seriously quick when she’s older,” added Harry, who also headed a Foxhunter with this grey mare.
Thirteen of the 34 starters went forward to the jump-off with Derek Morton’s midway efforts on Zoe Snedker’s KBIS High Quality securing second and the final qualifying Hickstead place.
The Irish-bred OBOS Quality/High Roller eight-year-old contended the HOYS Foxhunter and grade C finals last year but Hickstread has been a main aim.
“He just missed out at Arena UK in third place,” said Derek, who has kept High Quality ticking over – “He’s only done one show a month as he doesn’t like having a break in the field – it’s too cold and he wants to come in!”
Harry also claimed third on Granby, just missing out on a second Hickstead ticket with Charlotte Ash in fourth on Ideal III ahead of Beth Vernon aboard Kwantos Van Het Meierhof in fifth and sixth-placed Abbie Bevan with Fabiola Fairy V.
Harry topped the winter grade C on Anvils Every Little Helps II – also winner of an earlier Foxhunter/grade C.
“She’s just stepped up to 1.30m and is finding it easy, she’s straightforward with plenty of scope and is a fun horse,” said Harry, on the eight-year-old who returned to his Essex yard in October to be sold.
Beth Vernon clinched second spot 1.20 sec in arrears on Annbalou with Charlotte Ash on Calini II in third and Geoff Billington’s Corvette Van Overis Z in fourth.
Allan Birch was on form to double up with two working hunters.
Allan set a deceptively quick standard in the opening draw with Michael Cooper’s Irish-bred Boherdeal Royale to land victory in the SEIB winter novice.
“This is his third Royal International ticket, he’s qualified for the working hunter with me and the ridden middleweight hunter with Michael,” said Allan, who has concentrated on showjumping and getting newcomer and Foxhunter double clears over the winter.
Fifty-one originally contended the 12-fence track with 17 coming forward to the jump-off, but Allan had the win sewn up with the year-old with bloodlines tracing back to Clover Hill and Cavalier Royale.
“He’s beautiful to ride – like a Ferrari – and he’s brave, I know he’s always going to try,” added Alan, who almost made it two tickets with second ride Romeo Royale until the back rail of the final oxer fell.
It left last-drawn Angel Tough to take the second qualifying place on the consistent Righteous – winner of the previous day’s winter six-year-old.
“He’s always quick and he has a big stride for a little horse, he’s only 15.1hh” said Angel on the six-year-old home-bred son of Luidam.
Shelley Harrison rode Inglesias B into third with Olivia Poole fourth on Deliliah Z, Harry Whall was fifth aboard Kingsborough Kasper and Nicole Kershaw filled sixth place on Concert Z.
Allan also claimed the Blue Chip Karma performance with a late round on Romeo Royale in a competitive 21-horse decider.
“He’s got a big stride, I cruised to the last,” said Allan.
The seven-year-old by KMS Romeo was a late starter and only broken when Allan got him 15 months ago following an operation on a tooth.
Vicky Burns had to settle for second spot 0.76 sec behind with the scopey and carefeul Hippy II, an Applaus/Come On seven-year-old bought in Holland in October. Harry Whall claimed third on Kingsborough Kasper with Katherine Ford and Future Contender in fourth.
Danny Carroll secured victory in the Blue Chip B and C with an early, ultra-quick round on Red Why Salute in a 17-horse decider.
“I gave him enough room on the turns and kept moving as he’s so big,” said Danny, who is currently concentrating on showjumping with the Why Me 10-year-old who has been in the top three at HOYS working hunter for the last three years.
Adam Ellery’s opening round on the Eldorado Van De Zeshoek seven-year-old Helios B claimed second with Samantha Livesey in third aboard Nuryev C and Nicola McLeish finished fourth with the only other double clear on Just Call Me Archie – the top four all from the grade C section. Ella Jones and the grade B Back In Action provided the quickest time in the class by more than two sec but the last fence fell to drop them to fourth.
Angel claimed her second winter six-year-old win in the space of a week with Righteous – victor at Keysoe’s winter classic.
Emily King’s early round on Dorado Du Buisson in the 14-horse decider clinched second spot with Ryan Page on Remus Third Time Lucky in third. Angel also picked up fourth with MEC Look At Me, another home-bred by Luidam, Annabel Carthy jumped into fifth on Indigo Mist and Brett Kenyon’s final round on McQueen IV finished sixth.
Angel’s form continued in the under 18/under 21 young rider class with victory on the Cassini II/Royal Feu 12-year-old Callumbus, beating Charlie and Henry De Reve into second. Madeline Coakley finished third on Topwood Tandarra – a former ride of Angel’s.
Bex Mason hit top gear to take the winter seven-year-old with David Fudge and Team Crows Nest’s home-bred Vancurtis (Vangelis S/William Curtis) in an eight-horse decider.
“She’s sassy and deceptively quick,” said Bex, who broke this mare in and is the only one to have ever ridden her.
Husband and wife team Zoe and Michael Potter filled second and third on Marvin The Fifth and Haya Loma N and Faye Adams claimed fourth with the steadiest of the double clears on Comano Z.
Faye made the most of Jackpot VI’s huge stride to head the winter 1.35m. Eleven of the initial 28 contended the jump-off with Rachael Connor’s opener on Fantastic holding off several challenges until eighth-drawn Faye clipped 0.21 sec off the time.
“He’s a big horse at 18hh but he doesn’t ride as big as he looks and he’s so careful I can gallop from one end of the arena to the other to a fence and know he’ll jump it,” said Faye on the Quicksilber 11-year-old.
Rachael hung on to second place with Adam Ellery’s Fairway in third ahead of Nicole Kershaw in fourth with the only other double clear aboard Ballinteskin Eyecatcher.
Charlie Dawson made short work of the DDS Demolition 1.25m single phase, claiming a 1.17 sec advantage to take victory over Angel on Callumbus. Paul Sims slotted Oaken Gracie into third and Zoe Potter finished fourth on Monica LH.
Danielle Farnsworth maxed on her final draw to snatch victory in the final moments of a cracking nine-horse 1.40m jump-off with the Numero Uno 10-year-old Eline IX. The pair galloped into the top spot with 1.88 sec to spare to demote Rachael Connor to second place on Zaha.
“I’ve never gone so fast but she wants to jump the fences and that makes it easy,” said Danielle.
Keith Shore eased Iron Lady Van’t Meulenhof into third ahead of Donny Janciauskas and Cool Scendy in fourth. Adam Ellery netted fifth spot aboard Fairway with Alex Thompson in sixth on Classy Cat.
Ella Quigley topped the initial 1.30m on the 14-year-old Adermie 52 with 0.59 sec to spare over Michael Potter and the seven-year-old Haya Loma N.
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