Mark Edwards has enjoyed incredible county show success the last few weeks with International Stairway, area trial and grand prix success at Royal Highland and South of England and his trip to Kent County was no exception. He landed both major classes – the area trial and International trial with two home-bred horses.
Just one day after heading the area trial with Montreuxs Tale, Mark rode his sire Tinkers Tale to victory in the International Trial over a 1.55m track.
Nineteen contended over a 12-fence track designed by Kelvin Bywater with the four initial clears joined by the fastest four-faulter to make a jump-off of five – an on-form Helen Tredwell claiming three of the clear rounds.
Helen was already in the lead and had another to go when Mark entered the ring, but took advantage of his late draw, executing tight turns and taking a flyer to the final oxer on the 13-year-old Tinkers Tale to secure the £3,000 first prize by 2.27 sec.
Helen had to settle for second and third with her home-bred Vangelis S mare Larksong and Ann and Colin Garrett’s Unbelievable Darco 13-year-old Sebastian VII with double clears but still picked up a handsome £3,500 and took fifth on Galtur with four faults in the jump-off to add another £700 to the tally. Robert Whitaker – the four-faulter from round one – finished fourth with Jessie Drea’s Javas Wild Child after posting a jump-off clear.
Montreuxs Tale had started the ball rolling for Mark with victory in the area trial. Twenty-five contended a 12-fence track with just five clears coming forward to battle it out in the jump-off. Mark posted a deceptively quick round on the Tinkers Tale/Corleone nine-year-old and held on to the top spot despite Phillip Miller’s late challenge on Darona, winning with just 0.06 sec in hand.
“Safe to say the last few weeks has been amazing – or maybe even bonkers,” said a delighted Mark.
Phillip finished second with Helen providing the only other double clear on Sebastian for third. Helen was also fourth on Galtur and Holly Brougham finished fifth aboard Havana De Cavron – both returning on four faults.
Robert Whitaker proved the best in the Detling Stakes on Major Delacour over a 16-strong, 12-fence 1.45m track. Six contended the jump-off with Robert coming out on top on the Ksar-Sitte 11-year-old with 3.22 sec in hand.
Tim Davies finished second on Lionel Van De Markieslanden ahead of David McPherson with the steadiest of the double clears in third on Carl-Heinz B. Maisie Drea rode Okehurst Abbervail into fourth ahead of Robert on Javas Wild Child and Laura Renwick’s Gangsters Paradise in fifth and sixth.
Paul Crago claimed the initial 35-strong 1.30m two-phase with a flying round on Dawn Cooley’s Valentino IX to push Laura Renwick’s two Maverick and MHS Washington into second and third by 1.19 sec. Joao Charlesworth finished fourth on The Processor and Lisa Jones took fifth on Diana P.
Harry Bateman sped to the front in the 1.30m table C speed (four sec added for a knockdown) on Lex Lokoda with 1.14 sec over Laura Renwick and Maverick. Paul took third on Valentino ahead of Laura and second ride MHS Washington in fourth and Robert rode Strides Hattons Treasure into fifth.
Joao topped the Foxhunter with 2.78 sec to spare on Holly Blue over Robert’s Wyoming 19 and Philippa Wratten headed the 1.20m with Ginelli Z.
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