Annabel Shields races to a double victory in Dunkerque


Annabel Shields was in sizzling form in Dunkerque, France, and claimed a double of wins.

Annabel was unbeatable in Saturday’s 2* 1.40m, taking the top two places. Thirty-five contended this speed class with Annabel forging ahead on the Hermes De Reve 11-year-old Carnoneybridge Challenger to take the top spot and steered Creevagh Carisma into second, 1.24 sec separating the two. Four faults dropped Lily Freeman-Atwood and Native Warrior down to 15th with Tim Page also on four in 19th on Quick Quintender.

Annabel Shields had got the show off to a flying start with victory in the 2* 1.25m two-phase with yard favourite Wet Wet Wet. Twenty-nine contended with Annabel and the Mr Blue/Royal Feu 16-year-old forging ahead to take the win by 1.52 sec. Adrian Speight guided Helen Wells’ nine-year-old Heartstring into seventh.

Lily denied Annabel a third win in the 2* 1.35m accumulator and claimed first and third, sandwiching Annabel into second. Twenty-seven contended this speed class with final Joker, Lily jumping to the top on a new ride, Brendon Stud’s 11-year-old For Pleasure/Diamant De Semilly stallion Fabrice Van Overis at their third show together, to win by 0.87 sec. Lily brought Native Warrior, also owned by Brendon Stud, into third with Annabel in second on Challenger. Alicia Page finished sixth on Ulievka De Breve and Antonio also scored a maximum for 12th with Mylord MW.

Adrian posted a double clear in the concluding 2* 1.45m grand prix on Judith Whitham’s Balou Du Rouet 13-year-old Millfield Baloney to take third. Only five of the 33 starters provided round one clears to access the jump-off with Adrian again producing a clean sheet to take third 2.71 sec behind the winner, France’s Mathieu Billot on Gatrona. Harry Wainwright with Pinheiro Beech and Tim Page aboard Casanova 499 came home on four faults in round one for ninth and 11th.

Adrian had guided Baloney into fourth in Friday’s 1.40m, finishing 1.28 sec behind the winning time in the 21-strong jump-off. Four faults dropped Lily and Karibou Horta down to 12th.

Adrian and Heartstring upped a gear to take fourth in Friday’s 30-strong 1.30m two-phase 2.36 sec behind the pace. Rebecca Ravilious also posted a double clear for 11th on Marina Z just behind British-based Spaniard Antonio Marinas Soto in 10th on Mylord MW.

Rebecca and Marina jumped into fourth in Saturday’s 2* 1.30m speed with a clear 4.50 sec off the pace. Adrian and Heartstring took seventh with Annabel in eighth on Wet Wet Wet and Alicia Page finished 10th aboard Ulievka De Breve – all returning on four faults.

Driving skills came into focus in the Jump and Drive as Friday night’s entertainment with Antonio claiming second on the Vigo D’Arsouilles seven-year-old Hye Chin more than seven sec behind the winner. Tim Page finished sixth on Quick Contender and Annabel slotted Wet Wet Wet into 10th.

Antonio and Hye Chin featured in the Puissance, reaching the fourth round, but four faults put them into fifth. Predictably, France’s Mathieu Billot took the win on the big-jumping Dassler – previously ridden by Louise Saywell and Billy Twomey.

Harry Wainwright netted third on the Contact VD Heffinck 10-year-old Jana Van’t Lozerhof in Saturday’s 51-horse 1* 1.30m speed 2.45 sec off the pace. Annabel rode Cartender into eighth with Rebecca in 11th on Billy Um Bongo and Stephen Gee was also clear to fill 13th on Djinn Wajoutie.

Harry stepped up one for second in the 36-horse 1* 1.35m grand prix with Jana just 0.11 sec behind the winner. Four faults in the 12-strong jump-off dropped Rebecca and Billy Um Bongo to 10th.

Stephen guided Dialoma into ninth in Saturday’s 25-strong 1.10m speed 3.86 sec behind the winning time. And the pair finished 11th in the final day’s 37-horse 1.15m two-phase almost four sec off the pace.

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