Phillip Miller had another successful day at the All England Jumping Course, finishing first and second in Sunday's feature class.
There were 61 starters in the £6,000 All England Grand Prix, but only seven of these jumped clear in the first round. The first few to go in the jump-off, Jude Burgess (Severly Hille), Tim Stockdale (Erasmus VD Heffinck) and Max Routledge (Carus Royale) all picked up faults, paving the way for Hertfordshire-based Phillip and his Derby winner Caritiar Z to jump a clear in a solid time of 45.53sec.
Tim Stockdale’s second ride Bling Bling IV was fractionally quicker, but another four faults kept him off the top of the leaderboard, while the second last to go, Clark Glasgow, also had one fence down riding Fleur De L’Aube. This meant Phillip rode into the jump-off with his second horse, Unbelievable Lady, knowing he could jump a steady clear to net a one-two. This he duly did, steering Shirley Light's chestnut mare round Bob Ellis’ track to take second prize, while Max Routledge finished third.
Phillip has enjoyed a successful season with the 15-year-old grey gelding Caritiar Z. The pair finished second in the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup during this summer’s Longines Royal International Horse Show, and won the Grand Prix at both Surrey County and the South of England Show.
“Carter is sharp, while Unbelievable Lady is really laid back,” said Phillip, who also finished eighth with Sussex Caretino as the fastest of the four faulters.
While clear rounds were hard to come by for most, Caritiar Z seems to relish jumping in the International Arena. “It’s a long way round this big arena, but he’s very fit. The going is amazing, and I love the atmosphere,” Phillip added.
Mild weather and plenty of sunshine made for perfect showjumping conditions for the final day of the All England Jumping Championships (3-6 September), which are now in their fifth year.
The morning action in the International Arena got underway with The Equitop Myoplast All England Novice Championship. Hundreds of riders have contested the initial qualifiers at the Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Longines Royal International Horse Show, before competing in the final qualifiers at the All England Jumping Championships.
From these, 31 made it through to the final in the International Arena, and here it was Julian Mincher and Samantha Middleton’s Eindhoven GH that took the spoils, ahead of Nicole Pavitt and Oscar Zee.
In the All England 1.20m Open Championship, double clears were very hard to come by – and out of 10 in the jump-off only the very last to go, Simon Crippen, could net that vital second clear round. Simon’s victory came on board Angela Graham’s Frisbee II, while Tracy Priest and her own Ninja Sue took second.
The Pro-Am Sport Horses All England 1.30m Open Championship brought the show to a close. Ten jumped clear in the first round, with Nicole Pavitt fastest of the double clears on board Amaryllis Van Deheffinck. It was the pair’s third win in this class.
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