Paul Bevan came home victorious in the area trial at the glorious Suffolk County show with his scopey 11-year-old Deangelo II.
Eighteen contended a 12-fence track designed by Kelvin Bywater with four clears joined by the fastest four faulter to make a five-horse jump-off. Tim Page set a good standard on Casanova 499 and held the lead by three sec, until last-to-go Paul on the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Kashmir Van Schuttershof gelding.
Paul made full use of Deangelo’s long, deceptively fast stride on the luscious grass in the arena to jump into victory by 1.45 sec and pocket a handsome £2,000 first prize.
Tim finished second on the Clarimo/Contender eight-year-old Casanova with Harry Charles providing the only other double clear for third on ABC Quantum Cruise. Adrian Speight had lowered the final fence in round one with Judith Whitham’s Millfield Baloney but came back in round two with a clear to move up the order by one and take fourth. Helen Tredwell was the other round-one clear on Larksong but the jump-off didn’t go according to plan and they finished fifth.
Phillip Miller claimed two of the top four places in the International Stairway, winning on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Noble Warrior. Eighteen contended over a testing 13-fence track but only two clears were evident, Phillip considered unlucky to leave all the fences untouched but picking up a time fault just 0.11 sec over the time. The two fastest four-faulters also made their way into round two to make five for the jump-off.
Phillip posted a foot-perfect clear second time out and the two initial clears fell by the wayside, Phillip and the Warrior/Casantos 10-year-old stallion Noble Warrior moving up the order to the top.
Helen Tredwell fell foul of the middle element of the combination first time out with Ann and Colin Garratt’s Sebastian VII, but they came back clear in round two to move up to second. The first part of the double in the jump-off dropped for Mark Edwards to put Montreuxs Tale into fourth, Phillip and Darona claimed fourth with Helen and Larksong – the only other clear in round one – finished fifth.
Team Page got off to a flying start with the top three places in the 1.50m welcome stakes, Tim taking the top two with his wife Alicia in third.
Thirteen tackled this speed class over a 10-fence track with Tim claiming the win on Casanova and taking second aboard Quick Quintender, just 0.06 sec separating the two. Alicia slotted Ulievka De Breve into third with Harry Wainwright fourth on Pinheiro Beech and Sam Ward’s Romany claimed fifth.
Tim Davies scored a double. After winning day one’s Foxhunter on the Harley VDL/Upgrade six-year-old Indy Tops, he headed the 17-horse 1.25m with the consistent Lionel Van De Markieslanden, winner of the 1.35m grand prix at Wales and West 10 days earlier. Tim was on form here, winning on the Falco eight-year-old Lionel by 1.42 sec and taking third aboard Holiday VD Hazelhof, sandwiching Mark and Flying Tinker into second. Dale finished fourth on New To The Job and Phillip Miller rode Klaris Yee-Hah into fifth.
Carron Nicol and Nistria Winning Z topped the Suffolk speed stakes, a table C speed with four sec added for each knock-down. Carron was one of only four to leave all the fences intact to win on the Nonstop/Cassini I eight-year-old mare.
Dale Burnham was 3.98 sec quicker but the penultimate rail fell to put the 11-year-old Cardento mare Doriena into second. Tim also clipped a pole for third on Quick Quintender while Mark Edwards and Flying Tinker II produced a clean pair of heels for fourth.
The accumulator was a battle between Ben Walker and Sam Ward. Ben took the win with Emma Ziff’s nine-year-old mare Warriors Crème (Warrior/Crème Van’t Steentje) by 3.45 sec, finished third on Titan II and fifth with Zirko Ni Um Z. Sam picked up second on Romany and fourth with Troy III.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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