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Lady Maria's class tells as the Balmoral Show gets off to flyer

By Frank Brownlow

Henrietta Knight, best known as trainer of triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate, will judge one of the most eagerly anticipated classes at the Balmoral Show today, while Lady Maria ridden by Robert Bevis and Falco Van Spieveld with Deane Rogan were the big winners on day one.

Knight will be the judge when the Main Arena stages the celebrity race horse to riding horse class, introduced to the Balmoral Show in 2011 as a display.

Eleven entries will compete for a share of £1,500 prize money, with £500 going to the winner.

The prize fund for both national and international show jumping has reached an all-time high of £38,000.

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Showjumping provided plenty of thrills and spills on the sun-drenched opening day at the Maze ahead of tomorrow's feature event, the International Grand Prix, which is worth £22,000 in prize money.

Lady Maria, with Great Britain's Bevis riding, won the Clive Richardson Ltd International Two Phase, while Falco Van Spieveld and Ireland's Rogan triumphed in the Danco International Stakes.

The main arena staged the hunter championship yesterday, with the hackney, private driving and the agricultural classes today, while the children's ridden pony classes and the Inter Hunt Chase take place tomorrow.

Ten national and international classes take place over the three days - during which around 90,000 people are expected to attend the show - when some of the UK and Ireland's most talented riders will battle it out.

SJ4 Clive Richardson Ltd International Two Phase: 1 No 8 Lady Maria 104QO06 E & R Fry/Cartani/Freiav/2006/Bay/Mare Robert Bevis 10002633 GBR 0 58.07 0 36.29 660; 2 76 Theoreme de Desir 104BU95 Wrenwood Stables & J Papp/Calvaro/Laudanum/2007/Bay/Gelding James Smith 10031879 GBR 0 59.58 0 42.78 400; 3 4 Diamonds Courage 104TU56 H Duncan/Courage/King Henry/2004/Bay/ Mare Peter Smyth 10012107 IRL 0 56.98 4 38.95 300; 4 26 Drumiller Lough IRL40752 MOD/Heartbreaker/Pearl Diver/2003/Bay/Gelding Cpt Michael Kelly 10034202 IRL 0 60.65 4 41.59 200; 5 74 Erne Lady Goldilocks 104LX07 H Fitzpatrick/Douglas/Erne Touch/2007/Chestnut/Mare Francis Connors 10001343 IRL 0 63.67 4 47.43 120; 6 40 Monastery Stud More Pleasure 103UL55 M Leddy/Stolzenberg/Formula/2004/Chestnut/Mare Alexander Butler 10037270 IRL 0 61.27 9 51.66 90; 7 11 Vintage Vee 103KF40 D Dixon/Remington M/Jasmijn/2002/Bay/Mare Jonathan Dixon 10081611 GBR 0 55.48 12 37.07 60.

SJ5 Danco International: 1 No 71 Falco Van Spieveld 104BJ16 LSF Showjumpers Ltd/Toulon/Melissa/2005/Dark Brown/Gelding Deane Rogan 10072321 IRL 0 79.29 0 43.11 1320; 2 24 Hannibal V Overis Z 103YY11 M Walsh/Heartbreaker/Aira/2005/Bay/Stallion Vincent Byrne 10029917 IRL 0 77.33 0 44.01 800; 3 27 Derryinver Luxury Cruise 103IS75 D Campbell/Lux Z/Icing/2005/Grey/Stallion Catherine Thornton 10047085 IRL 0 77.37 0 45.83 600; 4 61 Zuidam 103SX81 J Carr/Guidam/Our Mexico/2004/Chestnut/Stallion Daniel Coyle 10034396 IRL 0 76.30 4 39.40 400; 5 5 Cornets Son 103SK72 J Eqan/Cornet OBolensky/Roma/2004/Grey/Stallion Edward Butler 10028089 IRL 0 78.67 4 40.08 240; 6 67 Cuba Libre R McGoldrick/Bolivar/Coolmore Joyita/2002 Rebecca McGoldrick

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