Louise Saywell enjoyed a bumper show at Addington Equestrian with a hat-trick of wins, taking both 1.40m classes on PLS Halo Diamond and a 1.30m with Sharp Image.
The on-form Louise landed a one-two in the concluding 1.40m grand prix for a £3,500 pay packet in this class alone. Thirty initially contended over a 12-fence track designed by Phil Ashworth with eight clears coming forward to the jump-off. But Louise held all the aces, pushing Michael Elvin’s Irish-bred 11-year-old Halo Diamond into the top spot and slotting Keeley Durham’s home-bred Arko/Randi nine-year-old Arakan into second, 1.60 sec separating the two.
Will Fletcher provided the only other double clear to take third on Persimmon almost two sec further in arrears while Holly Smith posted the fastest time by 1.62 sec but the penultimate fence hit the floor to drop Fruselli to fourth. Georgia Tame collected fifth on Jeff Ten Halven and Harry Wainwright finished sixth on Pinheiro Beech.
Louise and Halo Diamond had proved unbeatable in the previous day’s 37-strong 1.40m, racing to the top in the 11-horse decider to win by 0.67 sec. Four jumped double clears, Mark Edwards steering Tinkers Tale into second with Angie Thompson on Fremont VDL in third and Tom Whitaker aboard Figaro VII in fourth.
A fast four almost five sec quicker than the winning time was marred by the fence two from home falling and put Georgia on Quintella into fifth and Simon Buckley’s Elia finished sixth.
Louise secured first and third in the penultimate day’s 1.30m two-phase, winning on the Calvados Z 10-year-old Sharp Image by 1.39 sec and slotting Halo Diamond into third. Will Fletcher was sandwiched into second place on Tiger Bright. Georgia and Quintella finished fourth with Robert Murphy’s High Quality III in fifth and Chloe Reynolds netted sixth aboard Quantify.
Helen Rees topped the first day’s 1.30m single-phase, holding off all 36 rivals to win by 0.53 sec on the Lord Z 13-year-old Bart VI. Amanda Bywater jumped into second with Triple Twist and Ben Walker was third, fifth and sixth on Fygo Van Douwe Grint and Deezie Katine Weering and Warriors Crème, sandwiching Trevor Breen into fourth with Consun.
Helen doubled up in the final day’s 1.15m with long-time campaigner Maximo Des Forets, the Rosire 17-year-old flying into an unbeatable lead in the 31-horse single-phase to win by 1.53 sec. Ben finished second on day one’s 1.15m winner Victory VI with Emily Morris riding Phillip Miller’s former Hickstead Derby winner Caritiar Z in third and Izzi Ryder finished fourth on Coco Chanell.
Robert Murphy scored a hat-trick of wins. He claimed first and third in the initial B and C, claiming victory on the Quality Time/Carthino Z seven-year-old mare High Quality III by more than three sec and slotting Highcross Violet into third. Trevor Breen denied Robert a one-two by easing Highland President into second. Olivia Poole was fourth on Elnora I ahead of Charlie Jones in fifth on Crocus La Sillardier and sixth-placed Emma McGlynn on Wonder If.
The six-year-old Iceman De Muze daughter Ice D’Amour headed the first of the 27-entry Foxhunter classes for Robert with a 0.55 sec advantage over Emma-Jo Slater and Kimba Castello. Robert also took day two’s 28-strong Foxhunter with the six-year-old Its Me II (Ukato/Numero Uno) with 0.64 sec in hand over Laura Mantel’s Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Lux seven-year-old Miss Tangelo.
Emma-Jo claimed a double with Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Kimba Castello (Castello Overcinge’s Z/Heartbreaker), the promising scopey five-year-old winning day one and day three’s newcomers by 0.29 sec on the first day and an impressive four sec on day three. Emma-Jo claimed a third win in the initial 1.20m with the nine-year-old Up To Date/Clinton mare Code Breaker by 0.30 sec from Ben on Zirko Ni Um Z.
Mark Edwards was a B and C winner with the six-year-old Ede Peasy, topping the middle day’s 21-strong class by 1.04 sec in a four-horse jump-off. Keith Doyle took the final day’s B and C with half a sec to spare in a 12-strong jump-off on the seven-year-old Hip Hop L (Cassanova/Concorde).
Laura Mantel headed the final day’s Foxhunter with the Billy Mexico seven-year-old Tesio P claiming a 0.65 sec advantage over Ben Walker on Hot Pepper S and Alfie Bradstock took the 1.20m with the consistent Grand Cru I by three sec from Emma-Jo with Freule TN.
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