First time lucky
Owner breeder Geoffrey Burton struck gold with his first ever homebred when I Diablo Joe was pulled in first to win the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse four-year-old final.
The horse was ridden by Leicestershire-based Ginnie Turnbull, a regular face in the final and one of three top ten finalists produced by the Turnbulls this year.
I Diablo Joe is by Solaris Amoureux out of a mare by The Outlaw.
“He’s the first horse I’ve ever bred,” said Geoff, a sports massage therapist based in Northampton. “I sent him to Ginnie to be backed with the aim of doing some unaffiliated eventing with me, but Ginnie said he was rather nice and asked if she could keep the ride. He now has two half brothers at home.”
Hot from a one star win in Millstreet last week, Annie Bellamy was second with her own I’G-W, a Brightwells’ graduate acquired from last August’s Elite sale.
“He’s got an incredible brain, is very laid back, has endless scope and is a serious jumper,” said Annie, who has qualified I-G-W for Osberton.
Nick and Sally Moore’s homebred Summer Nights stood third with Kat Raybould. The daughter of leading British sire Cevin Z, the winner of the highest placed mare award gained the highest marks in the jumping section.
Harry Meade, who is also competing in the four-star this year, stood fourth with Castle Howard Octavian, another good-looking horse by the Irish Thoroughbred Emperor Augustus.
1. I Diablo Joe (Solaris Amoureux-The Outlaw) G Turnbull 87.3
2. I’G W (L’Espirit-Furore) A Bellamy 86.8
3. Summer Nights (Cevin Z-Zaffaran) K Raybould 85.5
4. Castle Howard Octavian (Emperor Augustus-Lux Z) H Meade 85.5
5. MD Sandyhills Penhills Zorro (Sligo Candy Boy-Sorr) I Murray 76.5
6. Idefix Van De Crumelhaeve (Emir R-Sam R) H Horgan 76.3