Helen Tredwell bagged a magnificent double at Devon County with International Stairway and area trial victories on her home-bred mare Larksong.
Helen – winner of last year’s International Stairway series – got her campaign in 2019 off to a flying start. Twenty-five tackled Krissy Spiller’s 12-fence 1.50m track – where the speed was reduced to 375m per minute due to the rain and weather conditions – with five producing first round clears to go forward to the jump-off, Helen claiming two of the rides.
And it was all about the clock as all five jumped clear again. Helen produced the steadiest of the clears on first ride Sebastian VII – an Unbelievable Darco 13-year-old owned by Colin and Ann Garratt – but she hit top gear with Larksong. Her Vangelis S/Larino 14-year-old ‘unicorn’ matched her enthusiasm and the pair flew to victory with 2.75 sec in hand.
Harriet Nuttall jumped into second on the Romanov II 11-year-old Galway Bay Jed with Adrian Speight on Judith Whitham’s Millfield Baloney in third. Angelie von Essen rode Luikan Q into fourth and Helen was fifth on Sebastian.
Helen’s second win came on the final days Larksong again came to the fore. Again, five came forward to the jump-off with first round clears – this time from a startlist of 14. Only two double clears were recorded this time out, Helen and Larksong claiming more than seven sec to spare to take the £1,000 first prize. Harriet again had to settle for the runner-up spot, this time riding Carla X, with Mark Edwards in third and fourth aboard Tinkers Tale and Montreuxs Tale. Miles O’Donnell slotted Connection II into fifth.
James Davenport topped day one’s 1.45m on Crush, the Corlensky G/Cardento 12-year-old claiming a 1.44 sec advantage over John Crippen on The Flying Fox in the 12-strong decider. Mark Edwards guided Tinkers Tale into third just ahead of Sammie-Jo Coffin and Bellamy II in fourth. Harriet eased Carla X into fifth and John also picked up sixth on Basic.
Harriet claimed the accumulator with 1.80 sec to spare with the Easy Lift/Silver Cloud 14-year-old Silver Lift. Adrian and Millfield Baloney finished second with Sammie-Jo Coffin on Willem De Lux in third and Helen’s Larksong fourth.
Mark Edwards galloped into the top spot in the 20-strong 1.30m speed with Its Business Class, the It’s the Business 11-year-old claiming almost four sec to spare over Sammie-Jo’s Willem De Lux. Harriet slotted Silver Lift into third and took fifth on Grey Fortune, sandwiching John Crippen into fourth aboard Loughnatousa OB.
Olivia March triumphed in the 1.20m with Dennis, the heading the nine-horse jump-off by an impressive 3.22 sec. Leigh Smallacombe finished second on Odyssey B with Charlotte Lee in third on Graddus T and Janou Bleekman provided the steadiest of the double clears to take fourth on Diamond Louie.
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