Helen Tredwell returned victorious in the International Stairway at Royal Norfolk with Ann and Colin Garratt’s Sebastian VII.
Twenty tackled the 12-fence 1.50m track designed by Kelvin Bywater with eight posting first round clears, although only seven returned to contend the jump-off, Phillip Miller opting withdraw Darona to take eighth place.
Three treble clears were produced with Helen flying into an unbeatable lead on the Unbelievable Darco 13-year-old to take the top spot and maximum points in this the sixth leg of the Stairway series by 0.54 sec.
2018 International Stairway winner Helen looks to be on song to take the title for a second year. She now stands in the top two places in the 2019 league table, taking the top spot on Larksong with 42 points and equal second on Sebastian with Mark Edwards and Montreuxs Tale on 35. Phillip Miller is in fourth on 17 points with Noble Warrior.
Adrian Speight slotted Judith Whitham’s Millfield Baloney into second with Paul Bevan taking third on the scopey Deangelo (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Kashmir Van Schuttershof). Helen produced the fastest time of the lot on her home-bred Larksong but dropped down to fourth after hitting the first element of the final double. Olli Fletcher fell victim to the same fence for fifth on Hello Disckoboy DN with Phillip on Noble Warrior in sixth and Mark Edwards filled seventh spot on Montreuxs Tale.
Mark claimed the 36-strong 1.20m two-phase with Flying Tinker II with almost two sec in hand over Caroline Fitzalan Howard in second on Arinde. Tim Davies guided Indy Tops into third and took fifth aboard Holiday VD Hazelhof, sandwiching Holly Brougham’s Untouchable VI into fourth.
Alison Barton came home triumphant in the area trial with Roma IV. A 12-fence track whittled the 23 starters down to seven for the jump-off with Alison and the recording a win for the £1,000 first prize by a handsome 2.53 sec.
Adrian again claimed second on Baloney while Paul was also third here on Deangelo. Helen claimed fourth here with the steadiest of the double clears on Galtur, Phillip finished fifth on Darona ahead of Yazmin Pinchen on Van De Vivaldi and Richard Barton’s Donata in sixth and seventh.
Sam Ward scored a double victory on day one, taking the Foxhunter on Celebrity Girl II with more than three sec to spare over Tim Davies’ Indy Tops and claiming the top qualifying HOYS spot in the Speedi-Beet grade C on Romany.
Only four from a startlist of 30 found all the right answers over Michael Bainbridge’s 12-fence track to chase the three HOYS qualifying places on offer. It was easily decided as three returned double clears, Sam and the Le Tot De Semilly 10-year-old Romany proving the quickest home to win by 1.27 sec.
Alex Bishop slotted the nine-year-old Dutch-bred stallion Fres Belles into second with Keith Doyle taking the third HOYS place on the seven-year-old Hip Hop L. Holly Brougham was the unlucky one to miss out after lowering the penultimate obstacle for fourth on Chacco Time.
Mennell Watson topped the initial A and B 1.40m speed with Whisper In The Wind, Helen van Heyningen’s Cobretti stallion flying ahead in the 21-strong class to win by 2.54 sec. Ben Walker steered Warriors Crème into second with Dale Burnham’s Doriena in third while Tim Page filled fourth on Quick Quintender and Tim Davies was fifth aboard Lionel Van De Markieslanden.
Stacey Cook claimed first and third in the 26-horse 1.25m single-phase, winning by just 0.12 sec on Ninola and finishing third aboard Gigant. Sophie Holliday was sandwiched into second on Westerhof’s Limit with Clea Phillipps in fourth and fifth on Skerne Scipio and Way Okay.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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