Belvoir Hunt stages popular team chase at Garthorpe

The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' team set off from the start at the Belvoir Hunt annual team chase PHOTO: Tim Williams
The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' team set off from the start at the Belvoir Hunt annual team chase PHOTO: Tim Williams
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RACE action returned to Garthorpe as Belvoir Hunt staged its annual Hunter Trial and Team Chase.

The popular event saw riders from across the region and beyond battle it out over the picturesque racecourse which is managed by the Melton Hunt Club.

Six races were held, most of which were run over a one-a-and-half-mile course with the added challenge of 24 fences to clear.

Bogey times were set in all classes with the winning horse and rider combination being those who finished closest to that time.

Art Hotel Racers completed a double by winning two of the three team races, while GLS came home first in the other, the Fun Team Chase.

In the individual races, Fenella Selby picked up a win (Hunter Trial Open Solo) and a fourth place in the Hunter Trial Solo which was won by Leanne White.

Louise Thorp was the day’s other winner in the opening event, the Hunter Trial Pairs.

Results -

Hunter Trial Pairs (top six): 1 Louise Thorp 6min 22.68secs; 2 Clare Bell 6.21.31; 3 Sarah Kilham 6.31.57; 4 Laura Hall 6.35.63; 5 Alice Stubbs 6.45.45 6 Becky Woodhouse 6.49.56.

Hunter Trial Solo (top six): 1 Leanne White 6min 23.43secs; 2 Emma Taylor 6.25.27; 3 Verity Smiley-Jones 6.26.24; 4 Fenella Selby 6.13.63; 5 Peter Kilby 6.28.56; 6 Helen Jordan 6.32.63.

Hunter Trial Open Solo: 1 Fenella Selby 5min 18.94secs; 2 Jo Walker 5.21.12; 3 Julia Birkin 6.38.86; 4 Jo Walker 7.13.73.

Intermediate Team Chase: 1 Art Hotel Racers 5min 39.74secs; 2 Lycetts; A Class Act 5.42.83; 3 Topspec Hair Raisers 5.44.04; 4 The Equiform Farmers Bloodhounds 5.47.32; 5 Cunning Stunts 5.47.93; 6 Team Ride-Away 5.56.58; 7 Wishfu;l Thinkers 5.59.73; 8 Wishful Thinkers Too 6.01.62; 9 Simple Systems 6.16.33.

Novice Team Chase (top eight): 1 Art Hotel Racers 5min 07.02secs; 2 Cupid Stunts 5.17; 3 All Blacks 5.20.52; 4 Quorn Hedgehoppers 5.26.05; 5 Thrusters 5.38.73; 6 Meynell Topsy 5.39.02; 7 Inspiration 5.52.81; 8 Cotswold Kickers 6.05.62.

Fun Team Chase (top six): 1 GLS 6min 35.72secs; 2 Walkers Talkers 6.39.06; 3 Charlie’s Angels 6.29.09; 4 Wrong Direction 6.26.16; 5 Holme House Hill 6.24.48; 6 Sussex Stormers 6.45.81.