Graham Lovegrove arrived at Royal Windsor yesterday after an 11-hour journey from Balmoral in Northern Ireland, where he was leading rider, to claim the Land Rover Eraser Stakes in the Castle Arena. Having only had two hours sleep at his Essex base before travelling to the show with his top horse Pandur, Graham was keen not to miss today’s competition.
“I always try to make it to Royal Windsor,” he said. “It’s a show I really enjoy.” Graham had no need to jump the eraser fence, which, if jumped clear, wipes off four faults from any fence toppled a fence earlier on the course. He beat long-time leader John Whitaker, who was riding Uniek, by a whopping five seconds. “Pandur is very quick across the ground anyway,” said Graham of his sister Sarah Hancock’s 15-year-old gelding. “And he seems to be getting quicker as he gets older.”
In the Frogmore Arena, Dan Moseley claimed his second win of the week in the accumulator with Billy Buttercup, having already won Thursday’s grades A and B class with Larina.
In the early evening sunset, the crowd cheered on the accumulator riders, but only four managed to score the maximum 44 points available. Dan was the fastest of these having saved time by jumping the second last fence on an angle to get to the joker fence, worth 16 points if jumped clear. “Billy Buttercup is a really careful horse,” said Dan. “You can do things like that with her.”
The final seven- and eight-year-old championship of Royal Windsor 2010 was held today and this time Tim Davies was victorious on Valentijn O.
In her presence of Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Armed Forces contested the final of the Land Rover services team jumping competition. After all three members of each of the 39 teams had jumped early in the morning, one rider from each of the top 12 came forward to jump the afternoon’s final round.
The RAF’s A team retained their lead to claim the top prize, thanks to a clear round from Flight Lieutenant Jules Flemming and her friend Paul Brown’s UFO.