The Fletcher brothers dominated the area trial at Bucks County with Olli in first and third, sandwiching older brother Will into second.
Twenty initially tackled the 12-fence 1.50m track designed by Phil Ashworth with only two providing clean rounds. They were joined by one on two time faults and two of the fastest four-faulters to make a jump-off of five. And last to go Olli commanded victory with the only double clear aboard the Douglas/Silverstone 11-year-old Hello Disckoboy DN to claim the £1,000 first prize.
Will left all the fences intact on the 10-year-old Emmerton but picked up two time faults in the first round and a further fault in the jump-off but it was sufficient for second spot. Olli was the fastest four-faulter in round one and made no mistake in round two to slot Horst Van De Mispelaere into third. Joel Parkinson had provided the only other clear in the first round but four faults at a midway fence in the jump-off dropped Emmet VDM to fourth and Olivia Howe on Evita XV – also on four faults from round two – jumped a steady clear second time out to take fifth.
Ryan O’Sullivan topped the 1.25m accumulator on the Oliver-sired 15-year-old Zamiro with the only clear after crossing the line on exactly the measured time. James Price was just 0.01 sec over the time for second aboard Bonaparte while 11 others were fractionally over the time allowed in a most unusual result – eight of them 0.06 sec over – with Chris Whinnett – 0.02 sec over for third on Little BC, Angie Thompson was fourth on Shutterbug and Paul Crago eased Valentino IX into fifth.
James jumped to the top in the 1.30m with the Lupicor 16-year-old Wonder Girl, heading a three-horse decider by 0.15 sec. Joel finished second on Emmet VDM and Emma Ashworth steered Fjara into third.
Fresh from her amazing five championship wins at the Scope Festival, Emma-Jo Slater continued with her winning run with a victory double on the promising Kimba Castello.
Emma-Jo claimed the top two in the Bucks Beginners, winning on the Castello Overcinge’s Z/Heartbreaker five-year-old Kimba Castello and taking second aboard his half-brother, the Arkoniente/Heartbreaker six-year-old Kimba Kasino, in a 12-strong jump-off, almost two sec separating the two. Trudy Johnson finished third on Reggae Man with Patrick Johnson fourth aboard Rose A Paon Z and Kim Coburn slipped Torr into fifth.
And Emma-Jo completed the double in the newcomers with the talented Castello, holding off Chris Whinnett’s challenges to win with the only double clear in a three-way decider. Chris was second and third on Mulvin Mr Mermus and Odjussica T.
Husband and wife duo Vere and Clea Phillipps claimed the top three in the Foxhunter/grade C, Vere flying ahead to win with the only clear on the eight-year-old Rockingham I. Clea finished second with the Chicago Z 10-year-old Night Tide II on one time fault and also took third with the seven-year-old Paskall ahead of Jassy Pyke in fourth aboard Bon Amego.
Anna de Verteuil commandeered the top two in the 1.05m single-phase, winning on the 17-year-old Victory II and taking second with the Belgian-bred five-year-old Bonita II, 0.54 sec between the two. Jasmine Gill produced the only other double clear for third on Roundthorn Firebrand and Jassy was fourth on her Scope Veterans champion Wood Field Clover.
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