Mennell Watson scored handsomely at Lincolnshire County show with victory in the grand prix on the consistent little stallion Whisper In The Wind and picking up the leading rider award.
Nineteen contended the 13-fence 1.40m track designed by Di Boddy with six finding all the right answers to come forward to the jump-off. Only two returned clears second time out, Mennell and the Cobretti/Mr Majestic 11-year-old just edging ahead to win by 0.61 sec.
Tim Davies brought the Falco eight-year-old Lionel Van De Markieslanden into second and while Kerry Brennan and the ever-eager Wellington M beat the winning time by more than three sec, the 16-year-old lowered the last to drop to third. Lisa Jones finished fourth on Diana P, Joel Parkinson slotted Emmet VDM into fifth and Abi Walters took sixth with Master Milligan II.
Kerry and ‘Wellie’ topped the initial 1.40m Morning Stakes in flying style. Five of the 19 starters contended the jump-off with Kerry and the Quidam De Ravel/Cash gelding galloping into the top spot by 2.53 sec.
Adrian Speight jumped Judith Whitham’s Millfield Baloney into second with Mennell and Whisper providing the steadiest of the double clears for third. Danielle Farnsworth netted fourth on Eline IX and John Whitaker guided Sharid into fifth spot.
Adam Botham claimed the accumulator on the Corofino I/Lux 10-year-old Enrico VII with 0.97 sec to spare over Nathan Bull on the Kannan nine-year-old Janice. Mennell again claimed third, this time riding the 16-year-old Russel stallion son Outcast and Abi Walters posted the steadiest of the maximum scores for fourth on Renkum Miretta.
Clea Philipps emerged triumphant by a fraction in a fiercely contended 1.30m speed on Skerne Scipio. The 18 starters tackled an 11-fence track in the vast, beautifully green arena and Clea just edged ahead to win by 0.07 sec on the Marius Claudius 12-year-old.
Harry Whall jumped the six-year-old Kannan stallion Kings Borough Kasper into second with Adam slotting Zidane VIII into third. Tim Page netted fourth place on Quick Quintender ahead of John Whitaker’s Unick Du Francport in fifth and Mennell finished sixth with Outcast.
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