Annabel Shields got the 2* International at the British Masters at Wettenhall off to a flying start with victory in the feature class of the day, the big tour 1.45m, on Creevagh Carisma.
Twenty-nine started over a track designed by Raf Suarez with nine providing first round clears to access the jump-off. And Annabel forged ahead in typical speedy style on the Camira De Haar Z nine-year-old mare to win with 0.54 sec in hand.
Louise Simpson galloped into second on Fiona V/H Lemmenshof and Mark Armstrong slotted Juharah into third. Jamie Wingrove jumped the easiest of the double clears for fourth on Happydam. Louise Saywell finished on four faults for fifth with Sharp Image and Anthony Condon took sixth with Zira VH Kapelhof Z.
Paul Barker maintained his winning form with Sovereign Equestrian’s Happy Boy to land the medium tour 1.40m two-phase. Forty-five contended this class but Paul was quick, decisive and determined on the consistent Kannan 12-year-old and flew into the top spot by an impressive 2.53 sec.
Geoff Billington slotted Corvette Van Overis Z into second with Mark Armstrong on Fabienne in third. David Simpson guided Gentleman VH Veldhof into fourth with Sarah Billington in fifth on Uforia JX and Charlotte Arnold netted sixth on Leestone Blue Voltet.
After a hiatus of almost two years, Alec Trickett put his boots on and claimed the ride back on One Two Watch II from son Joe, and promptly won the small tour 1.30m. The 54 starters were reduced to 20 for the jump-off with Alec and the Calvaro Z/Darco 13-year-old taking the win with 0.35 sec to spare.
Paul had to settle for second on Crispina Z with Louise Saywell third aboard Carolus K DHI. Keith Shore guided Checkmate Z into fourth ahead of Corinne Collins on Dolores P and Charlotte Geddes’ Caelle in fifth and sixth.
Sarah Winterbottom clinched victory in the amateur 1.20m on Gordulane in a seven-horse decider, the Zirocco Blue VDL/Lasino eight-year-old flying ahead to win by 1.25 sec. Iwan Carpenter brought Merllyns Chacco B into second with Grace Wallace third on Eau Claire V and Beth Smart took fourth aboard Sandors Legacy. Debbie Lawrence finished fifth on Berlin Van Kloosterholt, Sam Livesey took sixth with Cupido and Beth also claimed seventh on Cludo.
Just five contended the amateur 1.10m jump-off with Charlotte Horne coming to the fore to win by 0.21 sec on F Kwanah IS. Hannah Barker netted second on Cartouche II ahead of Grace Wallace on Ecarentina in third, Angela Eardley’s Forrella TS in fourth and Christina Foley took fifth on Caruno.
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