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SHOWJUMPING AW JENKINSON NATURAL FLAKE ELITE SHOW 25-28 January Richard Howley and Electra B produce a breathtaking double clear to take the honours in the grand prix Electra powers to victory The grand prix has an edge-of-the-seat climax with Richard Howley nearly making it a one-two over a testing course Aintree, Liverpool RICHARD HOWLEY and Electra B produced a breathtaking double clear to take the honours in the AW Jenkinson Natural Flake grand prix. “She’s a consistent mare with plenty of blood, so it’s easy to be fast. I tried to settle her into a nice rhythm and a good roll back at number 10 helped us,” said Richard, who almost made it a one-two, as Cruising Star posted the fastest time of all, but a rail fell after a tight turnback to the second fence. Raf Suarez set a suitably testing course for round one. Almost every fence came down, although an airy oxer off a corner at number two, followed by a double on a forward five strides, accounted for most faults. With 16 from the start list of 53 By MARGARET SHAW winning through to the jump-off, this was always going to be an edge-of-your-seat climax and it provided a fitting finale to four days of top-drawer jumping. Once Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny (sixth) and Alex Thompson riding Cathalina V (seventh) produced two good early second clears, the challenge was set and the top five came from the last five combinations to jump. Eventual third, Holly Smith and Fruselli (see One To Watch) first took a three-second advantage, but that was shortlived when local rider Julie Andrews and Ayrton IV pulled off two tight turns at either end of the arena to take the lead and eventual second in 31.08 seconds. “This horse ticks all the boxes. He loves to win and I can trust him to gallop and turn short,” said Julie. However, next-drawn Richard Howley was waiting in the wings with Electra B and, although he gave the troublesome second fence some space this time, his turnback to a top-of-the-wings upright three from home saw Electra pick up off barely one stride. “I was determined not to make the same mistake with the second fence,” said Richard. “We are just a few months into our partnership and Electra is growing in confidence with every outing and will be going to Spain as my grand prix horse. I had planned to come here on the first day as a warm-up and return today to go well in the grand prix, and the plan worked,” said Richard, who claimed the top two 1.35m places on the first day with Cruising Star and Electra B. The final two grand prix places were decided next, the new partnership of Anthony Condon and Courtney 6 taking fourth and the 2017 winning rider James Whitaker and Glenavadra Brilliant finishing fifth. Raf Suarez was happy with the result: “The course was big enough and testing everywhere. It’s quite difficult to accommodate those stepping up to this level and established grand prix horses and riders, but I was pleased it rode so well.” There was another hardfought contest in the British Showjumping winter amateur qualifier, where 19 of the field of 48 came through to the jump-off. After Richard Jenkinson posted a quick time with early-drawn Culto, many of the following riders had no choice but to take risks over a tempting course, and it was only two stunning turnbacks successfully pulled off by Sarah Williams that relegated the early leaders. Riding the home-bred Calvaro Star, Sarah steered inside lines all the way and, although arriving a bit deep to the last fence on an acute turnback, her 11-year-old daughter of Calvaro left the top rail up. “She’s brave and careful — she Pictures by Majestic Photography 56 Horse & Hound 8 February 2018

Edited by Jennifer Donald @ donaldjdonald The long journey from Cornwall pays off for Adam Ellery and eightyear-old Fairway, who headed the Blue Chip Karma performance never lets me down. I’m normally busy with our tack stand, Williams Equestrian, so we don’t get out that often, but she comes out and does her job every time. I’m not usually that brave, but she’s such an honest mare, I thought we’d have a real go,” said Sarah. The long journey from Cornwall proved worthwhile for Adam Ellery, who proved a force to be reckoned with over this four-day meeting. Good preparation with Fairway (Fai) paid rich dividends for Adam as Darren Jueleff’s eight-year-old mare pulled off a brilliant spin-back to a tall upright to win the Blue Chip Karma performance. Drawn fairly early in the 77-starter Karma qualifier, Adam signalled his intentions from the start with a quick scurry through the beams and Fai hugged the wings throughout. “I only started riding her in winter and, after concentrating on getting our newcomers and Foxhunter double clears, we have been building up confidence doing the odd turn. “This was a tough class to win, but she is getting quicker with every outing,” said Adam, who owns a share of the daughter of Baldwin and enjoyed a lucrative first visit to Aintree. “This is the furthest north I have ever travelled to compete and we have really enjoyed the show,” said Adam. Having his first outing of the year, Quality Old Joker scored a brilliant win for Holly Smith in a fiercely contested 1.40m. After going the full five rounds to share first place in the Liverpool International puissance, the Irish son of OBOS Quality had enjoyed some lazy days hacking, but he soon returned to winning form and curled his massive frame around to the wings to post a time even the best efforts of reunited Kerry Brennan and Wellington M could not match. “He loves a challenge. We’ve done nothing since Liverpool, but he’s better fresh,” said Holly. “The turns were tight, but he never tries to second-guess me and everything came off,” As fast finishes go, Paul Barker provided two of the speediest riding Cartouche II (Pogo), whose ground-devouring stride and spin-back turns came into play in the 1.30m classes on days one and four. These were among some of the most competitive classes of this meeting and Paul employed some daring tactics to finish ahead of some speedy combinations. Pogo is normally ridden by Paul’s niece Hannah Barker in young rider and children-onhorses competitions, but while she Sarah Williams and Calvaro win the BS winter amateur qualifier FRUSELLI HOLLY SMITH headed the Blue Chip Dynamic B&C qualifier with Gordon and Sue Hall’s Fruselli. Second-placed Jessica Crosby and Harvey scurried round to set a real uphill challenge, but penultimate-drawn Holly sliced the merest fraction off the leading time. “It was a last-minute decision to come here, but as we were both bored at home and bursting with life, we decided to have some action,” said Holly, who first tried the impressive stallion at South View last summer following a tip-off. The Zambesi eight-year-old stallion was bred by Mark Evans and Amanda Forster at Castell Sport Horses and was first ridden by Amanda. In just a few months, Fruselli progressed from Foxhunter level to jump two rankings classes at Liverpool and he ended on a high note here, producing two clears to finish third in the grand prix. “He’s not a horse to turn up short, so we’ve been practising keeping our turns smooth and taking fewer strides — ONE TO WATCH is concentrating on ponies, Paul keeps the 15-year-old ticking over. “As I had a few horses in these classes, I didn’t manage to watch the leading rounds. Pogo covers a lot of ground; he turns well and it felt easy for him,” said Paul, who beat next-placed Ben Walker on Native Warrior and Keith Shore with Coriander. Ben Walker, who is based with Pennie Cornish and Phillip Miller, gained a winning double at the upper height classes riding Roulette H and Victory VI. Roulette H, a nine-year-old bred by Lancashire dealer Downes Howard, is by the showjumping stallion Moschino and has been with the Pennie Cornish stable for the past five years. He stepped up to area trials and 1.45m competitions last season. “He likes to jump the bigger RESULTS he’s getting an expert at it now,” said Holly, who was due to have the plates removed from her right leg (injured early last year) just two days after this show, before competing on the Sunshine Tour. 25 Jan: KBIS Insurance British novi—1& 2, Richious & MEC Look At Me (A Tough); 3, Urban Splash (N Roe). 90cm.— 1 & 2, Urano III & Starlux (N Roe). Nupafeed discovery.— 1, Pandoras Box (B Smart); 2, Call Me What You Want (K Shore); 3, Running Gingerbread Man (A Walters). 1m.— 1, CSH Starlet (J Holding); 2, Cor De Crykon (E Hope). Connolly’s Red Mills newcomers.—1, Ebrusa (G Azevedo- Silva); 2, Gassara (E Forrester); 3, Harlequin Vivendi (A Walters). 1.10m.— 1, B Valeree (R Connor); 2, Jupistar Van’t Langbos (K Shore); 3, Grass (G Billington). Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter.— 1, Icon III (E Williams); 2, Harvey (J Crosby); 3, Quality Street (C Bolam). 1.25m.— 1, Fantastic (R Connor); 2, Elo (G Billington); 3, Flintstone De Ness (L Smith). AW Jenkinson Natural Flake 1.35m.—1&2, Cruising Star & Electra B (R Howley); 3, Zaha (R Connor). 26 Jan: Connolly’s Red Mills newcomers.—1, Jeppsen K (C Arnold); 2, Gassara; 3, Footloose LG (C Smith). Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter.— 1, Blue Pilot (J Elliott); 2, Fairway (A Ellery); 3, Peppercorn (T Whitaker). 1.20m.— 1,Contessa M (S Buckley); 2, El Diablo Grande (C Shepherd-Bramham); 3, Cartouche (P Barker). nat 1.30m.— 1, 2 & 3eq, Cartouche, Lux Fabulous & Sandors Legacy stuff and, as we are going to the Sunshine Tour hoping to find Nations Cup form, this was the ideal preparation for him,” said Ben. “This was a fast class and we had to find somewhere to save time, so while most riders steered around the Christmas tree island, I knew he would probably spook at it, so I went for a nice drop and turn inside to the next vertical. It was tight, but it paid off.” Ben’s second victory came courtesy of Victory VI, who maintained a relentless pace to record a 1.30m win on the following day. “He can be quirky and he was naughty yesterday, but at least he’s redeemed himself with a round like this,” said Ben. “He’s economical in the air and has a big stride, which makes him a good indoor speed horse.” H&H (P Barker); 3eq, Billy Starlet (E O’Dwyer). AW Jenkinson nati 1.40m.— 1, Roulette H (B Walker); 2, Ubank (A Ellery); 3, Wellington M (K Brennan). 27 Jan: Connolly’s Red Mills newcomers.— 1, Tinkabella (B Vernon); 2, Mount Pleasant Lily (D Coogan); 3, Flemenco T (S Stockdale). 1.15m.— 1, B Valeree (R Connor); 2, Drewmain Dark Star (A Ellery); 3, Capriool III (C Bolam). Blue Chip Karma performance.— 1, Fairway; 2, Courageux (C West); 3, Footloose LG (C Smith). nat 1.30m.— 1, Victory VI (B Walker); 2, Divedent SB (C Arnhold); 3, Darcobal Fravanca (J McGlory). Blue Chip Dynamic B&C.—1, Fruselli (H Smith); 2, Harvey (J Crosby); 3, Django Blue (J Elliott). AW Jenkinson nat 1.40m.— 1, Quality Old Joker (H Smith); 2, Wellington M; 3, Waldemar (C Pritchard). 28 Jan: Connolly’s Red Mills newcomers.—1, Ebrusa; 2, E Papa FM (B Mitchell); 3, Highclass B (C Bolam). 1.10m.— 1, Lester Van T Laahof (E O’Dwyer); 2, Classic Raphael (K Sutcliffe); 3, Cassius XI (M Prenty). BS winter amateur Q.— 1, Calvaro Star (S Williams); 2, Culto (R Jenkinson); 3, Nonstop III (S Sellars). Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter.— 1, Quality Street (C Bolam); 2, Ulisina II (A Tough); 3, Hermionie II (Z Beesley). nat 1.30m.— 1, Cartouche; 2, Native Warrior (B Walker); 3, Coriander Van’t Vennehof (K Shore). National 1.40m/AW Jenkinson Natural Flake grand prix.—1, Electra B; 2, Ayrton IV (J Andrews); 3, Fruselli. 8 February 2018 Horse & Hound 57

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