Jodie Hall-McAteer landed the 2* grand prix at Keysoe International with a flying round in the final draw on the scopey Fantom.
Course-designer Kelvin Bywater was subtle with his questions on the 13-fence track but he nevertheless reduced the 47 starters to just five for the jump-off, although three had posted jumping clears but picked up a time fault apiece to take the lower places.
Adrian Speight efficiently posted a target in first draw on Judith Whitham’s Millfield Baloney but – after a slight delay as a shoe was replaced – Holly Smith upped the pace on Di Lampard’s Ruby VIII to take 1.28 sec off the time.
However, the pair – winners of the 1.45m 24 hours earlier – were denied another win as Jodie Hall-McAteer maxed on her final draw on the 10-year-old Fantom. Jodie trusted this ultra-careful British-bred gelding – bred by Carron Nicol by the stallion Mr Visto and out of Carron's former top Noncorde mare Fantasia II – as she executed tight lines to verticals and maintained her pace to come home with 0.60 sec to spare and take the win and top world ranking points.
"He's my favourite, a little fighter with a big heart. He makes it easy and enjoys it, that gives me confidence and makes me competitive," said Jodie, who has ridden Fantom for the past two years.
Holly had to settle for second with Adrian in third. Sally Goding provided the steadiest of the double clears on Corbeagh Luxor for fourth while Louise Saywell’s gamble didn’t pay off to the last and Arakan tapped out the front rail of the oxer to drop to fifth.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson – already a winner this week – scored a double on the final day to bring her Keysoe tally to a hat-trick of wins.
Thirty-four bid for the top spot of the 1.25m speed but no-one was a match for Nicole and she forged ahead to win by an incredible nine sec on the I’m Special De Muze seven-year-old Manolito P. Twelve posted clears with Sarah Lewis taking second on Doonaveeragh Emma ahead of Flo Norris in third on Lorelle 2. Molly Davies claimed fourth aboard Voyou Des Rondets with Taisie de Gruchy’s Hoodshill First Look and Jasmin Head on Keatingstown Olympic Star in fifth and sixth.
Nicole claimed her second win of the week with B Kaliki, the Corland/Wellington 13-year-old – winner of day one’s 1.20m – claiming more than two sec over second-placed Ava Vernon on Here I’m B in a 16-horse decider. Nina Emery rode Colien V into third with Tagatha Payne in fourth on The Maharanee and Tony Pearson claimed fifth and sixth on Berlin and Amadeus M.
Carmen Edwards galloped into victory in the concluding 1.35m with Geodina HS. Sixteen of the 30 starters reached the jump-off with Carmen finding all the shortcuts on the Bdinus/Corland eight-year-old to win by 0.35 sec. louise Saywell was hot on his heels for second with Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K DHI and Amanda Bywater steered Triple Twist into third. Jackson Reed-Stephenson netted fourth with Cool Cash, Kerry Brennan finished fifth on Wellington M and Jodie rode Colette into sixth.
Simon Crippen cruised into the top spot of the six-year-old final at only his second show with Billy Pearl. The 24 starters were reduced to nine for the jump-off with Simon and Sarah Hancock’s Pearl (Cevin Z/Turtle Island) winning by 1.95 sec. Carron Nicol finished second and fourth with Damian (Vleut/Indoctro) and Vistogrand (Fantaland/Mr Visto), sandwiching Guy Goosen and Poden Farm’s Dacantos (Dallas VDL/Cantos) in third. Bryony Crippen produced the steadiest of the double clears for fifth on Ramatuelle and Sally Goding came home on four to take sixth with Nitendo Van De Ijse.
Jackson Reed-Stephenson guided Obelia VD Bisschop into the top spot of the five-year-old final, the Nabab De Reve/Baloubet Du Rouet mare winning the six-horse decider by just 0.21 sec. Angie Thompson slotted Kokonut Van De Nethe Z into second with Rosie Gunn’s Jessie taking third. Ellie Stevenson finished fourth on Just Blue WS, Simon Crippen provided the steadiest of the double clears for fifth on Balou For Pleasure and four faults dropped Sarah Lewis with Hurricane Heide down to sixth.
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