Padraig McCarthy and AS Bagheera headed the line of quality young horses in the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse five-year-old class.
The upstanding dark bay gelding, by Jaguar Mail, was bred by Jana Khayat from The Ash Stud in Devon. His dam is the Selle Francais mare, Nocturne Mail, which makes him a full brother to the successful and much admired French eventer Tresor Mail, who finished eighth in Blenheim’s prestigious 8/9yo class last year. Nocturne Mail is a daughter of Iowa who, in turn, is by the 1994 World Cup Final winner, Libero H.
“He’s the nicest five-year-old I’ve had to produce,” said Padraig, who was sent the gelding last winter. “He has only been to one show – last weekend – where he jumped in an 85cm class. To come here and go this well is testament to what a fantastic horse he is.”
Nicky Roncoroni occupied second spot with her mother Janey Roncoroni’s light-footed bay Monbeg Warrior, by the thoroughbred stallion Emperor Augustus. Georgie Strang was third on Diana Morrish, Jenny Newton and her mother, Deborah Strang’s, Red Hot Cooley. All three earned tickets to the final at Burghley in September.
In the four-year-old class, Holly Woodhead triumphed with Parkfield Breeding’s Hakuna Matata PFB, by Crespo VDL, a son of the international showjumping stallion Canturo, who competed at the Athens Olympics. His dam is the Flemmingh daughter, Zheminka.
Parafield Breeding’s Sharon Bishop bought the gelding as a two-year-old from Boskano Equine in Devon.
“We thought he was special even as a gangly baby, so to see him mature and come out and win a class like this is very exciting,” she said.
Showjumping breeding continued to come to the fore down the line-up, with NPS Supernova, by the London 2012 showjumper Cassal, finishing second. The 17hh brown stallion is owned by New Priory Stud and was ridden by Laura Mantel.
Another stallion occupied third spot. Party Trick, by last year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials winner, Chilli Morning, looks an exciting prospect for his owner/breeder/rider Nick Gauntlett.