John Whitaker sped round the Castle Arena this afternoon to win the Martin Collins International grade A class with Beth Gillespie’s Tadmus. He displayed his mastery in horsemanship after the 10-year-old stallion spooked coming into the first element of the final double.
“I don’t know exactly what it was but something caught his eye,” said John. “And I’d already taken an extra stride to the fence.” John pushed Tadmus on and he gave an enormous leap over the oxer and sailed cleanly over the last fence to set the winning time.
“He’s very quick across the ground and a competitive ride,” said John, who has partnered Tadmus since the beginning of the year. “I’ll be taking him abroad some more over the summer to help him gain more experience.”
If speedster Geoff Luckett jumps a clear round in a class, it’s not often he is beaten. And so it was in the Frogmore Arena in the grades A and B jump-off, which he topped with the Old Lodge’s Brickfield Boy.
The class attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd who surrounded the arena and packed the grandstand. The competition provided them with plenty of entertainment and plenty of opportunity for oohs, aahs and cheers.
Geoff’s job wasn’t made easy however, as Louise Pavitt had set a strong target with her first day’s Land Rover grades B and C winner Warrior, but he managed to pip her by half a second.
The winner of today’s grades B and C handicap was Julie Andrews and the eight-year-old bay gelding Oslo Du Pre Fleurie, from the grade C section.
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