Holly Cooper reigns supreme at Cherwell

Holly Cooper dominated the large 148cm grand prix to conclude the two-day pony meeting at Cherwell, taking the top two places with Sophie and Tracey Phillips’ Valentino Supreme and Tania Andrews’ Beech Comber.

Fifteen competitors tackled Ian Clark’s 11-fence 1.25m track and just five provided the required first round clears to make their way into the jump-off and Holly was on form.  Not only did she produce the only two double clears, she also posted the fastest times of the class, winning with her 10-year-old HOYS Foxhunter champion Valentino Supreme and taking second aboard the 14-year-old Beech Comber, 1.58 sec separating the two.

Anoushka Mauree left all the fences intact but picked up one time fault for third on Miami Moonbeam.  An early fence put Lila Bremner on four faults and in fourth on Lapislazuli and Rosie Collins finished fifth with Delfino.

Izzy Goddard topped the 37-strong small 1.10m 148cm grand prix with Strawberry Rojo.  The 12-fence track reduced the initial entry to 15 for the jump-off with five jumping double clears but Izzy found the shortest route as the only rider to break the 30 second barrier.  She forged ahead on the 11-year-old mare Strawberry Rojo to win with 1.48 sec in hand.  Francesca Young claimed second on Quantico just ahead of Olivia Sheppard in third with JAC Surprise Addition.  Holly Cooper guided Vigo VI into fourth and Tegan Rowlands rode Jumper into fifth. 

Tia Squibb secured victory in the 138cm grand prix with Drumaclan Flight.  Just three of the 10 starters were lost in the first round over an 11-fence track and three of the seven posted double clears.  Tia was the quickest of the lot, speeding ahead on the 18-year-old mare Drumaclan Flight to win with 1.14 sec to spare.  Noora von Bulow jumped into second on Tullineaskey Fear Deas and Elissa Hermann filled the next three places, taking third with the only other double clear aboard Misty Bay II and clinching fourth and fifth on Fountain Ranger and Never Last II with fast four fault rounds.

Noora went one better in the 128cm grand prix, seizing victory with Sparkel III.  Fourteen contended over a 10-fence course and just four came forward to the second round, Noora claiming a convincing win with a handsome 3.78 sec in hand on the 21-year-old mare.  Emily Irvine returned the only other jump-off clear to take second on Bunbury Conquest.  Katie Bradburne was in contention until the final fence fell to drop Runaway Dolly into third and Lara Boman also hit the last to take fourth on My Little Liesel. 

 

Francesca Young headed day one’s 1.25m with Carnhill Luna.  Six of the original 15 contended the jump-off with Francesca claiming 1.72 sec in hand to win on the Irish-bred 13-year-old.  Megan Li slotted Harry into second with Elissa Hermann providing the only other double clear for third on Superbre De Laloena.  The last fence fell for Jodie Burchmore Eames to put Robe Ruadh into fourth and Mia Newman on Ohwow and Ella Quigley with Rock Deejay also came home on four to take fifth and sixth places.

 

Katie Bradburne triumphed in the initial 128/138cm handicap on Runaway Dolly, holding off the challenges from Tia Squibb, who had to settle for second and third with Drumaclan Flight and Thelma’s Gift.  Izzabella Walters finished fourth on Bishwell Flakes. 

 

Lucy Gilbertson on the 138cm Airbourne Freddie headed the Graham Heath 128/138cm handicap by 1.09 sec.  Florence Marriott jumped the 128cm Gelvin Castle Grey into second with Noora and Tullineaskey Fear Deas in third.

Izzabella claimed Sunday’s pony newcomers on Camus Cream from Joss Phillips on Rockmount Casper by 2.20 sec.  Edie Coles won Saturday’s pony newcomers on Lusmagh Aviator with a 1.64 sec advantage over second-placed Izzy Goddard on Cobra Kaa. 

Saskia Mohan returned victorious in Sunday’s Swn Y Mor novice masters aboard Drumcrew Prince with 2.31 sec to spare over Thomas Bradburne in second on KL Tiptoe Red Robin.  Patrick Thurston topped day one’s novice masters on Whos Bentho by 0.99 sec over Mollie Palmer in second on Deedora Dolphin.    

William Field topped the 28-pony 1.15m members cup on Coolattin Red Arrow with a 2.79 sec advantage over Henry Squibb in second on Kilcurry Dawn.         

Ted Field claimed victory in the Kierson Restoration Bright Star on Rainbow Rineen with 1.48 sec to spare over Lilla Parratt and Manninard Seabird. 

Torryn Hubbard jumped to the top in the pony Foxhunter/1.10m with new ride Heartbreak Express from the Foxhunter section with just 0.04 sec to spare.  Second and third came from the 1.10m section with Jodie Burchmore Eames in the runner-up spot on robe Ruadh and Violetta Beach in third on Silverlea Peppermint.

 

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