G Star ridden by Noah Brook and owned by Paul and Paula Crompton, ran out the winner of the four-year-old section of this year’s Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final. The good looking bay, a Dutch-bred gelding by the jumping stallion Namelus R, also the sire of Ben Mahers former Olympic jumper Tripple X, perhaps not surprisingly due to his breeding, gained the highest marks in the jumping phase and then proved a model of consistency in the other sections. He rose to the top after a good mark in the final section.
It has been a great month for 22-year-old Noah, who is originally from Huddersfield and now has a yard in Nottinghamshire. He came to the fore at Gatcombe four weeks ago when he was the inaugural winner of the Corinthian Cup, awarded in the new amateur section. His ride there, Deo Volente III, also owned by the Cromptons.
Nicky Roncoroni went one better in this class to come second with Monbeg Warrior who, like her third placed five-year-old Monbeg Medlar, is also by the thoroughbred Emperor Augustus. Monbeg Medlar also gained high marks for conformation and type.
“He is big, beautiful and raw but incredibly well balanced and a real professional to ride,” said Nicky, who acquired the big bay from Monbeg Sport Horses in Ireland last December.
Hannah Bate and Ballycoog Guiness, a big rangy grey owned by Lynn Sheppard, the leaders before the last section, finished third. Guiness was bought through the Going For Gold sale at Goresbridge and it is hoped that he will be back here competing in the main event in five years time.
Congo Rebel, an eye-catching chestnut by William Funnell’s show jumper Billy Congo, stood fourth with Helen Wilson and was awarded the prize for the best British bred.
1) G Star (Noah Brook) 79.8
2) Monbeg Warrior (Nicky Roncoroni) 77.8
3) Ballycoog Guiness (Hannah Bate) 75.5
4) Congo Rebel (Helen Wilson) 75.5
5) SJL Convince Me (Eliza Stoddart) also best mare 75
6) Corouet (Ginnie Turnbull) 74.8