Anna de Verteuil enjoyed a successful three days at Addington Equestrian with a hat-trick of wins and Blue Chip qualification.
Anna claimed the top two places in the Haygain Hay Steamers diamond, winning the hotly contended 58-strong single-phase class with Bonita II. It was all about the clock as 10 provided double clears, Anna and the Belgian-bred Toulon five-year-old flying into the top spot with the OO Seven 17-year-old Victory II in second, 0.85 sec separating the two.
"I was early to go with 'Bonnie' and did all the turns with lots trying to beat us," said Anna, who used different tactics with Victory - "I went carefully with Victory to make sure of a clear, there were only 11 double clears."
Ellen Kilchmann eased Ballerina into third with Jessica Hewlett’s Mini Man Cruise in fourth ahead of Lauren Jays in fifth aboard Creggaun Hill.
Anna and Victory fired a warning shot as to their intentions on day one, heading the 90cm with 0.79 sec in hand over Ellie Balian in second with Halle Mae. And Bonita topped the following 1m by just 0.10 sec for Anna, relegating Abi Walters and Lily X into second.
Max Routledge also notched up multiple wins with four victories to his credit; recording three 1.20m wins with the ultra-consistent consistent Ebriolita. Sixteen contended day one’s 1.20m with Max and the Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Concorde 10-year-old mare edging ahead to win by 0.25 sec. Emily Seal claimed second on Willows Wisp with Olivia Mawson aboard Remi Argentux in third. Max forged ahead on day two to claim a 1.09 sec advantage over Emma-Jo Slater on Freule TN with Sophie Potts third riding Corkhill Lad. Lily Freeman-Attwood jumped into fourth and fifth on Native Warrior and Karibou Horta.
Lily moved up to second on the final day with Brendon Stud’s 11-year-old For Pleasure stallion Fabrice Van Overis but still couldn’t catch the speedy pairing of Max and Ebriolita with exactly a second separating the two. Lucy Warren finished third on Deltina and Georgia Tame slotted Z7 Canya Dance into fourth.
Max also laid claim to the final day’s 1.30m in a 24-horse single phase competition on the nine-year-old Sandro Boy stallion Sandros Boy Z with 0.36 sec to spare. James Fisher steered Giandra into second with Georgia Tame on Hollywood VI in third. Olli Fletcher finished fourth on Sam W and Christopher Whinnett filled fifth spot on Freak I.
Lily topped the middle day’s 1.30m single phase, holding off her 31 challengers to win with 0.19 sec in hand on the Landor S/For Pleasure nine-year-old Karibou Horta. Olivia Mawson finished second on Gilka B with Izzi Ryder in third aboard In The Mood VHK. Laura Mantel guided Lex Lakoda into fourth with Targa Hammond’s Coco VIII in fifth.
Lily had to settle for second in the initial 30-strong 1.30m single-phase as Emily Seal forged ahead to win by 1.16 sec on Jaccardo Van De Huffelen. Lily eased Fabrice Van Overis into second with James and Giandra in third. Bumble Thomas took fourth and sixth on Aramis and Ciandro, sandwiching John Crippen into fifth with The Flying Fox III.
Emma-Jo Slater doubled up with Joshua Jones discovery and 1.10m wins. Sixty-one contended the Joshua Jones discovery to chase early Blue Chip qualification tickets with Emma-Jo forging ahead on the five-year-old Floris daughter Calcourt Ruby to win with 0.98 sec in hand. Nigel Thorpe jumped into second on Obey D with Hollie Pearce third riding Jewelino. Max eased Mr Thunder into fourth ahead of Sophie Slater in fifth on Tara and Judy Johnson took sixth with Reggae Man.
Emma-Jo was the runaway winner in the final 1.10m with the top two places, winning on the nine-year-old Up To Date/Clinton mare Code Breaker and taking second with another nine-year-old Freule TN (Baloubet Du Rouet/Clinton), 0.15 sec between the two. Janine Gillingham was more than five sec in arrears for third on Foxboro QT and Abbey Winterburn steered KEC Serenade into fourth.
Flossy Polland topped the final 1.10m with Gerswin with 3.50 sec in hand and Ronnie Jones was a 1.10m winner on Premier Diamond with 0.63 sec to spare.
And Kerrie Goodwin jumped to the top in the final 1m with Roscoes Golani with an impressive 10 sec in hand.
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