Anthony Condon bags the grand prix in a breath-taking decider

Anthony Condon pulled it out of the bag in a tough, super-fast jump-off to take the British Masters 2* grand prix with the Hales family’s Zira VH Kapelhof Z on the final day at South View Equestrian and Competition Centre in Wettenhall.

Quality was abound and 15 riders from 38 starters produced round one clears over course-designer Raf Suarez’s 12-fence track.  And the jump-off was hot from the off! 

Three British-based Irishman came to the fore.  Richard Howley set off at a determined pace on Seahorse Z to set a sizzling target but Anthony was quicker and tighter, wiping half a sec off the time with Zira.

“She’s feisty, fast and ultra-careful and clocks on to a fence quickly in the jump-off,” said Anthony on the Zurich/Quickfeuer V Koekshof 10-year-old he has produced through from a five-year-old.

The USA’s Julie Welles slotted Constable II into second just 0.01 sec ahead of Richard who had to settle for third.  David Simpson eased Gentleman VH Veldhof into fourth and best of the Brits was Max Routledge on Sarah Williams’ home-bred Balou Du Rouet/Guidam nine-year-old Balulu and Jamie Wingrove with the 12-year-old Quidam De Ravel stallion Happydam in fifth and sixth.

Louise Saywell commandeered her second win of the week with Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K DHI, racing to the top of a 22-horse jump-off to win the small 1.30m grand prix.

“As long as we leave the fences up, he’s always really competitive,” said Louise, who had also headed Saturday’s 1.30m two-phase – beating Keith Shore and Checkmate Z on both occasions.

Keith was 1.38 sec in arrears for second place with Faye Adams on Demograaf in third.  Corinne Collins slotted Dolores P into fourth, Paul Barker was fifth with Crispina Z and Mille Allen claimed sixth on Catara 4.

Charlie Jones secured the six-year-old title with the huge 17.3hh Vins VD Tojopehoeve Z, pushing Anthony Condon’s competitive round on SFS Mirage into second by 0.43 sec in the eight-horse decider.

“He’s a big, scopey horse and one of the bravest I’ve ever ridden, the faster he goes, the higher he goes,” said Charlie on the Vagrant Z/Calvados gelding.

Anthony was second on the Barrichello/Darco mare SFS Mirage with Harry Whall on Kingsborough Kasper third and Christie Pritchard posted the only other double clear for fourth on Improver.  Chantelle Duggan rode Linton De La Chapelle into fifth and Angel tough slotted Righteous into sixth.

Paul Barker scored his third win of the week in the concluding medium tour 1.40m table C speed (four sec added for a knockdown).  Such was his speed on the Kannan 12-year-old Happy Boy, they added four sec to their time for a lowered rail and still won the class by 1.14 sec.

Millie Allen also tapped out a rail but finished in second on Chantal while Steven Franks remained clear on Carlow Cruiser for third.  Sandy McLean finished fourth on Gino F, Mark Armstrong was fifth aboard Fabienne and Chris Smith was sixth on Flaming De Pravia.  

This venue must be one of Hannah Barker’s favourites.  She landed the amateur 1.10m final for the third year running with the super-consistent 16-year-old Cartouche II, topping the six-horse decider by more than nine sec. 

“He’s careful and he enjoys it,” said Hannah.

Ondine King’s opener on Una’s Song supplied the only other double clear for second with Angela Eardley in third aboard Forrella TS.  Jess Whall finished fourth on Dolcendro L ahead of Grace Wallace in fifth riding Ecarentina and Chloe Scott took sixth with Invisible Power N. 

A flying, breath-taking round by Georgia Cabb and the 15-year-old Uragan earned victory in the 10-strong jump-off of the amateur 1.20m final, securing the win with an acutely angled turn into the final vertical to take the class by 1.66 sec.

The pair did not have the most auspicious starts to 2019.

“I broke my ankle in December, couldn’t compete at Liverpool International and was out for three months.  It didn’t affect Uragan, he came back the same as ever and has won four rugs in the last 10 days,” said Georgia, also a winner at Bolesworth International and Royal Cheshire.

Iwan Carpenter rode Merllyn’s Chacco B into second with Abbie Bevan’s Halicant Jo-R in third.  Peter Shaw finished fourth on Queen Mary with Izzy Watson in fifth on Luxalike and Ellen McPherson took sixth aboard Cookie III.

 

Full results can be found at: https://www.mizoneventservices.com/

 

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