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The Rock-itt : June 2011
Ella Avery had not perform ed well in the Qualifier and was seeded to enter the ring 3rd in the draw with Yalambi Ultima V. She looked back in form for the final and was clear and into the second round. Ella was again clear in round two in a great time of 43.89 seconds that was unbeatable giving her victory and the lovely Edinburgh rug. Martin Gostelow on Carassino was 2nd, Yuki Omori on It'll Happen was 3rd, Milli Woods on Valiant Charisma was 4th and Jade Middleton on Evanescence was 5th. Local Duffys Forest Show Jumping family, the Tripps, sponsored the Junior Qualifier on Saturday. 24 up and coming riders competed over a track designed by ACT Jump Club's Brad Longhurst to build confidence in both horse and jockey. Rachael Spresser was first out on course with Digger and held first place from start to finish, clear in a time of 41.49 seconds. The Joint Performance Junior Final was held after the Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. None of the juniors were clear in the first round so the six combinations with four faults returned for the final phase. Jake Hunter and Midnight Rock were first out, fast and clear in a tim e of 51.03 seconds, winning the class easily. Long time sponsor of the Classic, Magic Millions, continued their support of the Young Rider Classes on both Saturday for the Qualifier and Sunday for the Final. Jam es Arkins from Bellevue Hill in NSW, inspired by his success at the Sydney Royal, entered the arena and blitzed the course with Dreamtime Invader in a tim e of 31.54 seconds. The Magic Millions Young Rider Final held on Sunday was a tough track with a tight turn onto a big oxer combination followed by a tight related distance to a tall vertical that caused a few issues. The triple combination in front of the Magic Millions VIP Marquee was also problematic with 5 rails, a knock down and a fall attributed to it. Just four riders were clear in the first round. Nic Sheehan returned to the ring first up in the second round with Bonaventure and jumped clear in a time of 43.16 seconds to win the final. The Agnes Banks Equine Clinic Shooting Stars Futurity, for horses 6 years and over with 50 points or less, had a massive 44 entries. The exciting class was held on Saturday as the crowds arrived to celebrate in the Copabella Champagne Tent. The outdoor heaters were a big hit with the arctic wind picking up as Sharon Slater from Pitt Town in NSW started the class with CP Ulixes. All looked good for a clear round until the final rail fell putting them well out of the placings. 16 combinations had clear rounds, slightly more than expected but the crowds were thrilled to watch an exciting jump off. Jess Barton from Little River in Victoria and the lovely Lamaz were quick in a tim e of 54.75 seconds but had two rails. Andrew Lamb from Nambrook in Victoria was the first clear with CP Argento in a tim e of 54.48 seconds giving him the temporary lead. Young Rider Nic Sheehan took more than 3 seconds off Andrew's time moving in to the lead with Bonaventure in a tim e of 51.11 seconds. Yandoo Park rider Brooke Campbell was clear and close to Nic's time giving her 2nd place on Star Peptalk, just ahead of Brook Dobbin on GP Premier Dollars in 3rd. Tom McDerm ott was the fastest around the shortened course but SL Limerick had the second last fence down, giving them 5th place behind Andrew who finished in 4th. The final class on Saturday's program was the Winning Appliances Welcome Stakes, one round against the clock with 35 entries. 12 riders had been around the track without a clear round when Alison Rowland from W estern Australia entered the arena on the pretty Bickley Brook Bella. The rails remained in their cups in a time of 68.46 seconds giving Alison the lead. Just three other riders joined Alison with clear rounds within the time allowed, David Dobson from W estern Australia and Argyle Stables Akon in 73.39 seconds claimed 4th place, Ally Lamb from Nambrook in Victoria and Penrose in 71.11 seconds took 3rd place and Andrew Inglis on the big jumping mare Amira was the fastest Local young Eventer, Lauren Balcomb bringing her 2* horse Kootamootoo back into work after a year off with injury was clear in a jump off time of 39.27 seconds giving her 7th place in the Magic Millions Young Rider Qualifier Brook Campbell and With Love Elayne Vernor e njoys the Magic M illions VIP Marquee