Winners already twice this week in the 1.40m classes, Georgia Tame continued on her devastatingly successful run with Quintella to take the medium tour 1.40m grand prix in super-speedy style on the penultimate day at Chepstow Summer International.
“She is just really quick without even trying, it is her natural pace,” said Georgia.
Only six of the 41 starters accessed the jump-off with round one clears over a technical 13-fence track designed by Italy’s Andrea Colombo with Annabel Shields – already a winner on Wet Wet Wet – slicing more than five sec off early leader Ben Clark’s time with LCC Comanche.
Nine times out of 10, it would be the winning round, but not with Georgia and the Sanvaro/Baloubet Du Rouet 11-year-old Quintella coming behind you. She raced into the top spot with 0.88 sec in hand.
Annabel had to settle for second with Nicole Pavitt’s final effort taking third on Gemmarco 16. Ben took fourth with Joe Stockdale fifth on Kandleford and Tim Page was sixth with Quick Quintender.
William Funnell rode a smooth, deceptively fast round on Billy Spiral to take the small tour 1.35m grand prix. The 46 starters were reduced to 11 for the jump-off but cool-headed William slipped into an early lead to win by 0.37 sec on the home-bred seven-year-old Spiral (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico).
“I was surprised to win as I didn’t have to go daft and it was a nice education for her,” he said.
Lance Whitehouse guided Whitesparke Blanko into second with Sarah Winterbottom’s Dolly V in third. Helen Rees took fourth with Bart VI ahead of Harry Charles on Exexel and Julie Welles aboard Undercover in fifth and sixth.
Joe Fernyhough topped the big tour 1.40m speed with a super-quick round on Calcourt Quicktime to relegate Angie Thompson and Fremont VDL into second. William finished third on Billy Angelette with Kelly Connor fourth aboard Bailande Van De Kapel with the steadiest of the clears and Millie Allen finished fifth on Catara.
Just five contended the silver grand prix jump-off with last-to-go Katinka Brogaard flying into the top spot on the ultra-careful Indoctro/Heartbreaker seven-year-old Hotline.
“He’s the easiest, nicest horse and finds it all so easy and with breeding like that, I wish he was a mare,” said Katinka.
Kloe Potter took second 3.49 sec in arrears with the only other double clear on Uquilea. Joe Fernyhough finished third on his double winner Louisiana ahead of Ollie Tuff and Primo Royal in fourth and Malcom Aitken in fifth aboard Paria.
Winner of day two’s bronze accumulator, Milli Cornock and the Berlin sired Boavista Delsendam claimed their second victory in the space of 24 hours with the bronze 1* grand prix with a fast, decisive round in the 25-strong jump-off. Isabel Saywell took second on Courage with Johnathan Bowman in third aboard Enamerado. Suzanne Posnett was fourth on Karmijn and Tagatha Payne filled fifth place on The Maharanee.
Georgia Cabb galloped to victory in the gold tour 1.25m speed with the German-bred Uragan. Amy Barrett netted second on Colton Bandit with Taisie de Gruchy in third on Hoodshill First Look ahead of Abi Walters in fourth on Harlequin Vivendi and Nicola Barry on Sovereign Equestrian’s Filandria in fourth and fifth.
Winners of the single-phase competition 24 hours earlier, Elloise Smit and Newtown Samson raced ahead of their rivals to take the gold 148cm speed. Rosie Collins finished second on Delfino and Patrick Thurston was third with Lucy Rocks.
Second and third on the previous days, Atiya Bussey moved up to a win in the silver 148cm speed on Keelnacally Quilletto Robuck. William Field had to settle for second and third with Killack King and Koningshoek Mistique.
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