Mark Edwards outpaced all in the big tour 1.40m with his home-bred Montreuxs Tale on day two at Chepstow Spring International.
Sixty-one started over a 13-fence track two-phase track but Mark had all the turns sussed on the Tinkers Tale/Corleone nine-year-old and with a decisive, acutely angled cut into the first fence of the second phase, the pair were ahead all the way to claim victory by an impressive 2.66 sec.
Jude Burgess steered Comeback De Fremis into second with early leaders Lance Whitehouse and Bazento in third. Millie Allen guided Quinu De Pravia into fourth ahead of fifth-placed Chris Franks on VC Vie De Valencio and Jess Dimmock’s Billy Fleance in sixth.
In typical attacking style, Paul Barker galloped into the top spot of the medium tour speed with Sovereign Equestrian’s Happy Boy. Eighty-one started over a 12-fence track but Paul was in speed mode from the off, flying into an unbeatable lead on the Kannan/Kimball 12-year-old to win with a breath-taking 2.05 sec.
Faye Adams got the closest on Demograaf for second with Charlene Bastone in third aboard Miami 19. Joe Fernyhough eased Calcourt Quicktime into fourth, Grace Hooper netted fifth on Lord Lenitas and Shane O’Reilly claimed sixth on Chaska II.
Angie Thompson topped the small tour accumulator with Fremont VDL, denying Paul a second win. Fifty-one tackled this class with Angie securing the top spot on the Bacardi VDL/VDL Silverstone nine-year-old with 0.86 sec to spare. Paul had to settle for second on this occasion aboard the nine-year-old Crispina Z (Corofino I/Bon Ami) and Nicole Lockhead Anderson took third with the rangy Kinsale Houdini. Kellie Taylor jumped Halltown Lucy into fourth ahead of Ruby Fryer’s Hallmark in fifth and Carian Scudamore picked up sixth spot on Jakarta VD Hunters.
Charlotte Arnold raced to the top in the 51-horse gold tour 1.25m accumulator with the Mr Chips/Glennridge 16-year-old Gibside Queen Bee. Angie Thompson rode Flint K into second ahead of Joao Charlesworth’s Holly Blue I in third. Georgia Cabb slotted Uragan into fourth with Millie Evans fifth on Flinstone De Nessand Ellie Hall-McAteer took sixth on Unex Handyman.
Ava Vernon clinched victory in the silver tour 1.20m speed on the seven-year-old Here I Am B (Nassau/Elton). Ronnie Jones rode Billy Rhodes into second with Olivia March on The Bear Necessity in third. Angie took fourth with Cornet Obolensky Junior, Megan Ross was fifth aboard Gwenyver Balia and Sarah Jones guided Calvaro B into sixth.
Helen Rees and the Statinus/Balou Du Rouet mare Bianca Du Rouet proved unbeatable in the 55-strong six-year-old accumulator to take the top spot. Jude claimed another second place, this time riding Ivascalle with Michael Fursedonn’s Ilserov in third. Olivia Gent took fourth on Kingdon, Angie Thompson rode Nistria E into fifth and Charlie Dawson’s Iloma filled sixth place.
Thomas Francis-Jones stormed to victory in the first of the 148cm European Trials, galloping into the top spot of this two-phase class by almost two sec on the feisty 138cm Kiltormer Hero.
Shaunie Greig slotted her double HOYS JA winner Casino Royale VIII into second and picked up fourth on Granouche, sandwiching Jake Myers on Razorlite into third. Seven provided double clears with Tatiane Mauree in fifth on Horseabout Zibu, Claudia Moore finished sixth on Delflip and Holly Truelove claimed seventh with Rexter D’Or.
Meredith Minderman secured victory in the 23-entry children-on-horses 1.25m single phase with the consistent 16-year-old Prize Mix. Eleanor Simpson guided My Lucky Day into second ahead of Jasmin Clark on Renkom JDor. Alena Hughes finished fourth on Giddy Up, Naomi Howard-Batts was fifth aboard Little Business and Amelie Gachoud took sixth with The Precious One ahead of Phoebe Farman with Caruso D Eres Z in seventh.
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