Left, Fraser Marshall on Bernard and Sophie Sheldon on Shalcombe Skyline, who won the Creasey, Biles and King IW Grand National champion. Picture by Peter Boam.
RIDINGLAST year’s Creasey, Biles and King IW Grand National champion, Sophie Sheldon, returned to Ashey to retain her crown, at the weekend.
Hundreds of people turned out to watch Sophie, riding Shalcombe Skyline, as she finished first past the post, ahead of Hastings-based Charlotte Marshall.
The afternoon turned out to be quite an occasion for the Marshall family, with husband Fraser finishing third in the IW Grand National, his son, Charlie, winning the Junior Scurry Open, and daughter, Izzy, finishing second.
“I was really pleased to win the race because it was really close. Hopefully we will all be back next year,” said Charlie, who was riding Barndales Playtime.
For Sophie, winning the IW Grand National again proved to be a memorable occasion.
“It was a really tight race but I loved it and I am delighted to win,” she said.
In the F. H. Winter Ashey Scurry, Sophie, this time riding Anna, could only manage third place, after last year’s runner up, Jodie Bircham, 20, won the race, on My Mr Mercury.
Lucinda Wilkins, on Siouxsanna, finished second.
In the first race of the day, 12-year-old Maddie Hughes won the Island Webservices-sponsored Puffing Billy Stakes, riding Khaya Angelica, beating runner up Dominque Carver, on Rushington High Flyer, and Becky Winter, riding Midnight Superstar, in third.
Jo Ewell, on Shirazi, won the H. Y. Duke and Sons-sponsored Puffed Out Billy Stakes, with Sophie Vincent in second place, on Sunnyvale Drifter II, and Yasmin Fish, riding Fulford Romany Rose, in third.
Anna Reed, on Brenin, was awarded best turned out for the hunt ride, led by huntsman Rick Dolphin, which provided an impressive spectacle.
CBK IW Grand National and Ashey Scurry.
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