Clint Beresford Claims Silver Fern Stakes
Aussies ruled in the Horseware Silver Fern Stakes this evening, with Clint Beresford (pictured) taking out the class and the Australians the victors in the Trans Tasman Test Match. It was a four-way jump-off between Beresford on Emmaville Jitterbug, Stuart Jenkins (Aus) on Fairview Aliquidam, Brooke Langbecker (Aus) aboard Quintago I and the sole Kiwi hope, Katie Laurie on Casebrooke Lomond after all had gone double clear in the two-round competition. Jenkins was first out and laid a mighty challenge for those to follow, posting his third clear of the class and stopping the clock at 40.03 seconds. It looked tough to beat, however, Beresford wasn’t having a bar of it. He was second in the Silver Fern Stakes when last at HOY in 2016 and with that on his mind, he rode in ready for business. They set out at a cracking pace, and midfield took a line into the double that shaved seconds off their time, bringing them home clear in 35.42 seconds. Laurie and her lovely grey stallion chased hard but had to concede with their clear in 36.26, with Langbecker and Quintago I taking the last to fill the fourth place. Beresford was rapt but hardly surprised. The 12-year-old thoroughbred/warmblood cross has talent to burn and won the World Cup League in 2016. A part-time farrier and rider, Beresford is hopeful he can repeat his efforts in the big class, the Olympic Cup on Sunday. The youngest rider in the class, 16-year-old Brayden Aarts and LT Holst Aunty Annette, who won the class with a different rider last year, placed fourth. The Trans Tasman Test was won by Australia, who finished the two rounds with a clean slate, with the Kiwis in double digits. Results – Horseware Silver Fern Stakes: Clint Beresford (Aus) Emmaville Jitterbug 1, Katie Laurie, Casebrooke Lomond 2, Stuart Jenkins (Aus) Fairview Aliquidam 3, Brooke Langbecker (Aus) Quintago I 4, Brayden Aarts, LT Holst Aunty Annette 5, Tess Clark, Sinatra II 6, Lucy Olphert, Eve Saint Laurent 7, Hayden James (Aus) James Continue 8, Brooke Edgecombe, LT Holst Andrea 9, Samantha Morrison, Biarritz 10.