Sophie Wicks lands her biggest win at Bolesworth

Sophie Wicks delivered her biggest win with Camizion in the 128cm grand prix to kick off the final day at Bolesworth International. 

Only four of the 18 starters returned a clean sheet to go forward to the jump-off in the International arena with Sophie forging ahead on the 13-year-old Camizion to take victory by 2.52 sec. 

"It's quite a long way for us to travel anywhere for shows, but it's really worth it when you have a win like this one," said Cumbrian-based Sophie, 12, who has ridden Camizion for the past 20 months and will contend the Hickstead and HOYS 128cm finals later this year.

Izabella Rogers rode her 2018 HOYS and Hickstead winner Whinney Lass into second. 

Tabitha Kyle – who surely set out as one of the favourites following a double win in the 128cm and 138cm 24 hours earlier – produced the fastest time by almost two sec but a rail down dropped Living The Dream down to third.  Isabelle Harris also came home on four to take fourth with Ashsars Miami Bound.

Rachel Proudley dominated the 138cm championship with the top two places on Buttons Two and King Ping in an exciting 16-pony decider.

Rachel, Tabitha Kyle and Elissa Hermann all touted three rides in the jump-off and the on-form trio commanded the top six places between them. 

Rachel seized the top two places, galloping the feisty Buttons Two to victory and bringing King Ping into second, 0.80 sec separating the two.  Tabitha was just 0.05 sec behind to command third and fourth with her 138cm grand prix winner Playboy Van De Zoetewei and Lissduff Royal.  And Elissa filled the next three places with double clears on all her ponies, Never Last II finished fifth, Fountain Ranger claimed sixth and Misty Bay took seventh.

Claudia Moore – second in the 148cm grand prix with Shamrock Du Gite 24 hours earlier – went one better to land first and third in the 148cm championship, winning on Elando Van De Roshoeve.

Only six of the 26 starters produced initial clears but penalty-free rounds were a lot harder to find in round two, Claudia the only rider to provide a double clear to win on her 2018 pony European individual bronze medallist Elando.

The next two crossed the line with more than three sec in hand but crucially, a pole hit the floor.  Red Morgan guided Bodyssee Des Avelines into second with Claudia and second ride Shamrock Du Gite in third.  Megan Li with Harry and Jennifer Billington aboard Faith X also made just one mistake apiece to take fourth and fifth and Jake Myers settled for sixth spot on Razorlite II.

 

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