Harriet Nuttall’s flying round on Silver Lift secured the Douglas Bunn Memorial 1.35m Challenge on the penultimate day at the All England Jumping Championships, Hickstead.
Forty-six tackled this class with Harriet using her late draw to full advantage on the Easy Lift/Silver Cloud 14-year-old to take the top spot.
“For a class like this one, you have to have a really forward rhythm and a quick-moving horse,” said Harriet, who has won the Science Supplements Speed Derby twice with Silver Lift. “It is actually quite a long course so they have to be quite fit. Fortunately he felt so great out there and he loves that ring, so classes like this really suit him and it’s where he’s at his happiest.”
Harry Bateman guided the seven-year-old Zuniek VD Tojopehoeve Z into second with Gemma Tattersall and Chico Bella P in third. Charlene Bastone claimed fourth on Miami 19 ahead of Millie Dickinson’s Cairo Z II and Steven Franks on Carlow Cruiser.
Hannah Tiley landed the amateur 1.10m title with a super-speedy round on Capistelle JX, a Cador/Couleur Rubin eight-year-old mare she has produced for more than two years from British novice level. Amy Carnet netted second on the 11-year-old Ja Lo II with Ava Vernon’s Here I Am B in third. Izac Ketteridge slotted Brendon Stud’s home-bred Lady Warrior into fourth and India Sime was fifth on Delaplane Bee.
There was nothing between Amy Carnet on the 10-year-old Banderas and Flossy Polland with the Indoctro eight-year-old Gerswin as they dead-heated on time to share the honours in the 31-strong amateur 1.20m championship. Emily Simms rode Elassisi into third and Suzy Golding stood fourth and fifth with Heide IV and Cynthia H.
Will Rekert left the best until last to land the 1m championship on the 16-year-old Killorans Mountain. Leesa Long had to settle for second on the five-year-old Rouaddi Entina and Sinead Cox galloped into third on Valtaire. Nicola Withey took fourth aboard Little Lusario with Briony Martin fifth on Unex Clintan and Maisy Williams got to follow in her father Guy’s footsteps in the main International arena at Hickstead with sixth on Prodige Des Etisses.
Joe Trunkfield topped a mammoth 91 entry HOYS talentseekers to take the top ticket to the NEC in October with the Belgian-bred eight-year-old Geronimo PC Z. Three-time winner already this week, Holly Smith landed second and third to claim the next two passes on the eight-year-old Flipper Darco UK Z and her Hickstead seven-year-old champion Dakota XX and Lauren Edwards took the final ticket in fourth on the seven-year-old Breit Star.
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