Ben Bick lifted the grand prix title with Carron Nicol’s Galerius at the Jump for Life show in aid of Cancer Research UK held at Addington Equestrian by kind permission of Chris Parker.
Forty-five initially tackled the 12-fence track designed by Phil Ashworth but it proved challenging and only three clears were realised, Ben pitted against Robert Whitaker on two rides.
Fresh from his grand prix victory at Bury Farm just days earlier, Robert looked to set out favourite, but Ben beat the odds to win with the only double clear on the handsome eight-year-old Diamant De Semilly/Sandro Boy stallion.
Robert beat the time by 0.99 sec to spare with the Verdi 12-year-old Cash Sent but the final fence fell to drop him into second and he picked up third with the 10-year-old Strides Hatton’s Treasure, also on four faults.
John Crippen fell foul of the first part of the early combination but remained penalty-free thereafter in round one to post the fastest four and take fourth on Basic with Ben Walker fifth on Emma Ziff’s Fygo Van D’Ouwe Grint.
The hilariously entertaining ‘Ride and Run’ – riders rode a course mounted and their relay partner jumped around a small course on foot – saw Helen Tredwell proving she is much better in the saddle after tripping over a fence and face-planting!
Trudy Johnson joined forces with Dan Justin to take the top spot over Abbey Winterburn in second with Jordan Wright. Brandon Lovely partnered Leo Lamb to take third while a lucky Poppy Stronge teamed up with former champion jockey Sir AP McCoy to take fourth. Izac Ketteridge and Jessica Howard finished fifth with Oscar Hobby and Olli Fletcher in sixth.
Adam Botham flew to the top in the 1.30m speed on home favourite Zidane VIII. Forty-eight contended this class over an 11-fence track with Adam galloping ahead for victory by 2.22 sec on the Grosso Z/Hors La Loi II 15-year-old. Emma Maguire claimed second on the eight-year-old Master Geronimo with Ciaran Flynn on Native Warrior third. Izzi Ryder slotted In The Mood VHK into fourth ahead of Olli Fletcher in fifth on Evert and sixth-placed Poppy Stronge with Las Vegas 200.
Adam’s wife Jess was not to be outdone and topped the 45-strong Foxhunter with the eight-year-old mare Isabelle Mirah (Carnabay Mirah/Gunner B) with 0.30 sec in hand. Lauren Turnbull rode the Inshallah De Muze/Concorde seven-year-old Impossible II Z into second and Tom Monaghan slotted Luttoria into third. Ashley Boyce finished third with Truly Don with Carron Nicol fifth on Vistogrand and Jordan Barnes took sixth aboard Wellington Grey Goose.
Polly Shaw commanded victory in the 1.15m grand prix over a 12-fence single-phase track, holding off all 40 challengers with the consistent 11-year-old mare Golden Grove AIT A by 0.99 sec. Jake Ward rode the Conversus seven-year-old Comano Z into second with Sophia Fox in third aboard Doonaveeragh Camiro. Emma Ashworth guided Fjara into fourth with Tia Harris on William Wallace IV in fifth and Victoria Wearing claimed sixth on Dezir Du Amo.
The auction - with lots such as top lot signed and framed breeches and a crop from Tony McCoy (£650) - raised £5,500 and the raffle raised £1,700. Entries still have to be totalled but a good job was done by all.
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