Keith Shore opened day two with a win, outpacing all rivals in the 85-strong 2* 1.40m two-phase with Iron Lady Van T Meulenhof.
“It’s always good to have a win close to home and she’s a talented mare,” said Northwich, Cheshire-based Keith, who has ridden the Parco 11-year-old for 16 months.
Annabel Shields was 0.54 sec in arrears for second place on the Camiro De Haar Z nine-year-old Creevagh Carisma while Louise Simpson made it a British top three with third on the 11-year-old Verdi stallion Jenson 55, a ride she has recently taken on from husband David.
“I’ve promised David he can have him back in a couple of weeks but the more I ride him, the more I’m not sure – I’m only just getting used to him and it’s great stealing David’s ride,” she said.
Anthony Condon finished fourth on Zira VH Kapelhof Z and Georgia Tame rode Clintofino into fifth.
The battle of the Louise namesakes saw Louise Simpson triumph over Louise Saywell in the 2* 1.30m two-phase by the narrowest of margins. Seventy-four started in this class with Louise Simpson claiming the upper hand on Unex Cognac IV, the Unaniem 12-year-old winning by just 0.05 sec over Louise Saywell and Feigtling.
Cognac is another ride Louise Simpson shares with husband David and only returned to competition in July after having an eye removed eight months ago.
“We’ve taken our time to bring him back and although I’m aware of giving him an extra stride to fences when turning on certain angles the operation doesn’t appear to have bothered him at all. We’ll continue to build his confidence slowly and take it slowly but I have no concerns he will soom be jumping back on top form again,” said Louise.
Georgia rode Z7 Canya Dance into third half a sec behind Louise Saywell’s Feigtling with Corinne Collins fourth on Dolores P. Will Fletcher took fifth Tiger Bright and Laura Mantel eased Whitesparke Pepper into sixth.
Millie Allen raced into the top spot of the 56-entry John Whitaker International 2* 1.35m two-phase with the Corland Quick Star 12-year-old Catara 4 to win with just 0.06 sec to spare.
“I was early to go and decided to move on as there were a lot of fast riders after me. She’s a naturally quick mare and had plenty of confidence,” said Millie.
Zak Beesley netted second on Sharon Whiteway’s Casall 15-year-old Ultima with Louise Saywell in third on PLS Halo Diamond. Allana Clutterbuck guided Urlevent Du Bary into fourth with Joe Davison in fifth on Billy In Fashion and Faye Adams took sixth with Jackpot VI.
Joe Fernyhough hit form to take the 30-horse John Oates Horseboxes under 25 on Calcourt Quicktime to deny day one’s winner Georgia Tame from posting a double.
Ten contended the jump-off with Joe gaining the upper hand on the Westpoint Quickfire nine-year-old to win with almost two sec in hand. After posting a recent run of second places, the pair were due a well-deserved win.
“It was great to break the duck and get on the winner’s podium, he’s a great horse and we’re now looking at aiming for under 21 young riders,” said Joe, 18.
Georgia settled for second on new ride and Wednesday’s winner Jeff Ten Halven.
“He’s a big horse and takes a bit of manoeuvring around a smaller ring, he was much better in the International arena, there’s so much space,” said Georgia.
James Winter eased Garande into third just ahead of Will Fletcher’s fourth-placed Emmerton with Emily Whiteside returning the steadiest of the double clears for fifth on Bono L.
Polly Shaw led a British top three to score handsomely in the amateur platinum 1.25m two-phase with Why Not Fado.
Polly – who runs a vehicle recovery business and rides when work and time allow – was delighted with the Cardenio 12-year-old mare she has competed for the last nine months.
“We jumped a couple of shows leading up to travelling here following a bit of time off after a busy early season. I’ve brought three horses and I’m having a great time,” said Polly, after winning with 0.52 sec in hand.
Laura Jackson jumped into second on the Goldfever seven-year-old Gloria and Gemma Wright finished third on the eight-year-old Cool Boy.
Ronnie Jones secured victory in the amateur 1.15m two-phase with 1.08 sec to spare on Premier Diamond (Hold Up Premier/White Clover).
“We bought her very reasonably and she’s a real fun horse and great against the clock,” said Ronnie on the 10-year-old he owns jointly with Sue Hume.
Jennifer Thompson eased the Padinus 13-year-old Britannicus into second with Polly on Golden Grove AIT A in third. Madison McCrory rode Wynton D into fourth and Vicky Burns finished fifth with Hippy.
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