Tahnia Jordan Jones claimed victory in the Equissage Pulse British novice second round in a hot jump-off on Orlando Van T Broekend at Bury Farm EC.
An initial 41 competitors started in this class but only 12 found all the right answers to come forward to round two and with known speedster Emma-Jo Slater had two in the jump-off, winning was no mean fluke. However, Tahnia found all the shortcuts on the Nonstop/Concorde six-year-old Orlando to edge ahead by 0.38 sec. Emma-Jo finished second and fourth with Happy Feet III and Killerbee, sandwiching Pippa Taylor and Tequila Sunrise III into third. Ruth Gayton guided Fruit Loops into fifth ahead of Michael Wallace’s Fatasia in sixth and Gaby Sumner supplied the final double clear for seventh aboard Jackson VI. Four faults marred Christie Tilley’s round but she scraped into eighth and the final qualifying place.
Emma-Jo claimed her own win in the NAF Five Star silver league semi-final with the super-quick Freule TN. Eight of the 20 starters produced first round clears to fill the qualifying places with Emma-Jo the quickest of the lot to win by 2.54 sec aboard Kim Barzilay’s Baloubet Du Rouet/Clinton 10-year-old. Olivia Sponer claimed second on Crazy Girl II with Marcella Johnstone in third riding Killea Storm and Chloe Wornham jumped into third with the only other double clear on Adorijke. Jassy Pyke was the fastest of the four-faulters for fifth with Woodfield Clover, Natasha Morrell eased Ivanhoe V into sixth, Abbey Winterburn claimed seventh on Joe Diamond and Clare Wilson Stanbridge finished in eighth on Charly Grey.
Becky Snook secured the win in the Nupafeed Supplements discovery second round on the Tackeray/Sir Lancelot seven-year-old Ivanhoe IV. Just seven from the initial 39 reached the jump-off with Becky edging out in front by the tiny margin of 0.02 sec. Ruth Gayton and Fruit Loops – already with qualification in the British novice under their belt and winner of the initial 90cm – also gained a finalist place in the discovery with second spot. Sadie Lupson finished third on Jakarta HBF and Ella Dalton guided Quality Rubies N Diamonds into fourth. Kate Coomes took fifth with Cookie V and Patrick Johnson provided the last double clear for sixth on Jazz VIII. As expected, Emma-Jo posted the fastest time of the class with almost two sec in hand but a rail on the floor spoiled her round and she dropped to seventh on All Rollo. Ewan Watts was the fastest of the round one four-faulters to take eighth on Karla Van Steendorp.
Charlotte Dole jumped to the top in the NAF Five Star bronze league semi-final with Decadence. Ten of the original 31 starters posted initial clears to gain access to the jump-off with Charlotte and the 11-year-old gelding flying into the top spot by 0.37 sec. Anna de Verteuil guided Bonita II into second spot with Anna Spratt’s Lady Comtess in third and Laura Stringfellow returned the only other jump-off clear for fourth on Beatrix II. Mandy Dexter beat the winning time with more than a second in hand but a rail on the floor dropped Afleur down to fifth. Morgan Enright finished sixth on Tracey Z, Laura also qualified with second ride Point Eclipse in seventh and Trudy Johnson was eighth on four faults aboard Reggae Man.
Anna posted a one-two in the first day’s 1m with two teenagers, winning with the 18-year-old Victory II and taking second aboard the 19-year-old Bonita II, 1.21 sec separating the two.
Kellie Taylor claimed the top two places in the concluding 1.30m, winning with the only double clear on Ferro Opaal and taking second with a fast four on Iowenna.
An on-form Steffi Riley notched up four wins starting with the very first class. She topped the initial British novice with 2.69 sec in hand on the Numero Uno/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve eight-year-old Tommy Hefferman. The Zirocco Blue VDL/Just De Pomme eight-year-old Highlight DN doubled up, stepping up in the first of the 1m to win by 1.34 sec – where Steffi also finished fourth on Tairocco Blue with a double clear. And Highlight also headed the middle day’s 1m by 0.23 sec, pushing Emma-Jo into second and third with Market Jewel and Pauldarys Tiny Tim. The Zirocco Blue VDL seven-year-old Tairocco Blue went on to top a 30-strong newcomers with 0.62 sec to spare to mark Steffi’s fourth win.
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