Michaela Webb is off the Horse of the Year Show after securing the top ticket in the Speedi-Beet HOYS grade C at the Newark and Notts county show with the consistent Stellar Skylight.
Thirty-nine initially started over a 12-fence track with just 10 returning for the jump-off, Michaela forging ahead on the Conthargos/Contender 10-year-old to win the first of the grade C qulaifiers of the 2019 season with 1.87 sec in hand.
It was all about the clock as six provided double clears chasing the three coveted passes on offer and Allana Clutterbuck claimed the second qualifying place with the 10-year-old Vykinbay (Quartz Du Chanu/Diamant De Semilly). Joe Trunkfield guided the Bedamo 10-year-old Edamora into third to take the third and final HOYS place. Helen Tredwell just missed out with fourth place on Hannelina and sixth with NPS Erleena, sandwiching Beth Vernon into fifth aboard Conthoraire.
Billy Twomey landed the area trial with Chat Botte ED, the cool-headed Irishman posting a typically stylish, deceptively fast round to win.
Seven of the 20 starters made their way to the jump-off over course-designer Paul Thompson’s 12-fence track where a midway double and the final combination claimed most of the faulters. Helen Tredwell came up with all the answers and was the only rider with two chances.
Nonetheless, she couldn’t catch Billy and he claimed a convincing victory on the 11-year-old Casall/Darco stallion by 4.36 sec. Helen was the only other double clear to take second with the Zavall VDL nine-year-old Funnycan. The third fence caught out Adrian Speight with Millfield Baloney and Paul Bevan’s Deangelo II to take third and fourth while Angie Thompson also returned on four faults for fifth with Boogie Woogie. Jake Saywell finished sixth on Lukas Van De Kievitsdriesen and Helen guided second ride Galtur into seventh.
Jake used the Out of Touch/Diamond Chin 15-year-old Touch of Chilli’s ground-eating stride to take the 1.40m speed in fine style with 4.55 sec over Adrian and Millfield Baloney. Paige Mennell clinched third spot on her B and C winner Essence ahead of Tracey Newman with Challenge in fourth and Angie rode Boogie Woogie to finish fifth ahead of Derek Morton in sixth on KBS High Quality.
Angie clocked up a double victory on day one with 1.30m and 1.15m wins. Twenty-three contended the 1.30m two-phase with Angie and Eleri Perry’s consistent Bacardi VDL nine-year-old Fremont VDL taking the win by 1.15 sec fresh from their win at Chepstow 2* a week earlier.
Jake guided Havinia Van De Roshoeve into second place with Amy Ryan’s Heather M in third. Michael Whitaker claimed fourth aboard El Wee Widge and Alister Hippisley-Gatherum took fifth and sixth on G-Star and Haiti SB.
Angie’s other win came in the initial 1.15m single-phase, holding off the challenges of 32 rivals to take the top spot on the 13-year-old Cornet Obolensky Junior (Cornet Obolensky/Landfriese I) by half a sec. Alex Bishop claimed second with Killagriff Ohio Lou ahead of Corinne Collins aboard Dolores P. Sophie Strawson rode Carabas Rebel into fourth with second ride Kameron Van Het Lindehof in sixth to sandwich Jake and Irmette Balia PJ into fifth.
Joe Trunkfield claimed the concluding accumulator on Flipper Darco UK Z with 3.20 sec to spare over Allana Clutterbuck’s Urlevant De Bary. Jake slotted Touch of Chilli into third and James Whitaker finished fourth on Glenavadra Brilliant.
Emma Sargeant topped the 1.25m speed with Claire Davies’ Fantaisie B with a 0.75 sec advantage over Clea Philipps and Skerne Scipio in the 19-strong class over an 11-fence track. Ryan Lockwood rode Courage III into third and Joel Parkinson claimed fourth aboard Groome. Alex Bishop was fifth on Killagriff Ohio Lou and Abi Walters finished sixth on Kilbunny Impressive.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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