Already a winner on day one at the All England Jumping Championships, Hickstead, the on-form Holly Smith scored a victory double.
She again partnered the nine-year-old Zambesi stallion Fruselli – winner of Thursday’s 1.40m – to take Friday’s 1.40m speed in fine style.
“He is a fantastic horse and is so good against the clock. He actually doesn’t have the biggest stride, but is really careful and he has a lot of experience,” says Holly, who has had the ride on the nine-year-old stallion for two years.
Allana Clutterbuck was close behind in the 76-strong class to take second on the 11-year-old stallion Urlevent Du Bary with Lily Freeman-Attwood in third aboard the Landor S nine-year-old Karibou Horta.
Adrian Speight rode Millfield Baloney into fourth ahead of Harriet Nuttall on Galway Bay Jed in fifth and Louise Whitaker finished sixth on Special Warrior.
Holly clinched to top two places in the seven-year-old title with Lucy Struthers’ Dakota XX (Denver V/Rex Z) and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Berlin stallion History. Holly Brougham brought Chacco Time into third.
The six and seven-year-old championship was run as a handicap with Alex Hempleman claiming the best six-year-old award in fourth aboard Jammy Dodger II, a Vagabond De La Pomme/Heartbreaker gelding through to HOYS in the newcomers final. Louise Whitaker rode Ivan (Namelus R/Damiro) into fifth with Ronnie Jones and Interstar B filling sixth spot.
British-based Irishman Derek McCoppin topped the five-year-old championship with the impressive Jordan W (Fibonacci/Guidam). Jonathan Egmore guided the Numero Uno/Vlataire stallion Jupiter XXI into second with Ben Dunning on Mistro I in third. Allan Birch guided Botox into fourth ahead of Jay Hijazi on Coolnamona and Nicole Pavitt’s Hazelwood Baloubelle in fifth and sixth.
Nine four-year-olds jumped double clear to share first place in the four-year-old championship.
Text © Jumping Around/Photos courtesy All England Jumping Championships, Hickstead