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Epic sporting weekend for Liz Halliday
Old 3 Sep 2010 09:58
 
Category: Historic Racing
Dual sportswoman Liz Halliday enjoyed a packed Bank Holiday weekend of motorsport and eventing which saw her make a 430-mile round trip to compete on consecutive days at the Oulton Park Gold Cup and the Highclere Castle Horse Trials.

Despite only managing a few hours sleep, the California-born Halliday, who is now based in the UK, was rewarded for her endeavours with a class win in her fathers Alfa Romeo GTA in the HSCC Historic Touring Car Championship race at Oulton and a strong fourth-place finish with Kerry (Sportsfield Kerrygold) at Highclere, as well as two other promising results with Fox (Red Letter Day II) and Bud (Newmarket Malt).

The prestigious Oulton Park Gold Cup played host to Lizs first success as she qualified 20th overall and second in class on Saturday in the John Danby Racing-prepared GTA which has raced just once in the past decade.

In Sundays race Halliday made a strong start and moved up the field throughout the 35-minute event to finish in the top ten overall and clinch the K5 class honours for Appendix K cars with an engine capacity of between 1301cc to 1600cc.

I really enjoyed it and the guys at John Danby Racing have again done a great job with the car, said Halliday. We had a couple of brake issues during the weekend, but otherwise the car ran without any problems which considering its lack of running in recent years is really impressive.

I hadnt raced at Oulton since 2003 but its always been one of my favourite tracks and I was pleased we had dry conditions for race day as it gave me the chance to push the car a bit more than we did at the Silverstone Classic in July. Im now looking forward to my next race at the Goodwood Revival later this month.

Having left the Cheshire circuit on Sunday evening to make the 130-mile trip back to her home in East Grinstead, West Sussex, Halliday grabbed a few hours sleep before heading the 88-miles to Highclere Castle in Berkshire where she had a 6:40am start.

Competing with three horses, the star of the day was Kerry who finished fourth in the competitive 40-strong Intermediate category.

On their first event at this level together and Kerrys first in over a month, they posted a strong score of 32 in the Dressage test before jumping double-clear in the Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds.

While Fox and Bud didnt finish as highly up the order, both produced performances to give Halliday huge cause for optimism.

Also competing in the Intermediate class, Bud posted a career best score of 27 in the Dressage and jumped strongly in the Cross Country, but ended up down the order after an overly excited and expensive Show Jumping round.

Fox took on the Advanced category and also achieved a career best Dressage score at that level, before superb Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds on his way to 16th overall.

I was very happy with Kerry and its nice to have a placing with him at Intermediate level when this is only our 3 event together, said Halliday. I think hes going to be a very special horse.

Buds performance in the Dressage was amazing and is really improving, but he was a bit excited in the Show Jumping round and that cost him a good result. I know he can jump really well though, and I think well sort it out with time. Once we do, then hell definitely be a winner at every level.

It was also good to have Fox on top form. His Show Jumping performance was probably his best of the season and he gets better and better with every Cross Country round he runs. Im looking forward to entering him in a big 3 Day event again next year.

"Thanks to my sponsors Immunall for their continued support this year, and certainly I have noticed a big improvement in my horses performance and focus since using their products - Immunall and After Ace - this year.

"Another thank you to Performance Drink who I have been supported by for many years now and who continue to make the best pre-competition sports drink around. I wouldn't get in a race car without it.

"Finally, a huge thanks to my newest partners Cyclo-ssage for coming to Oulton Park and helping me to feel my best in the race with the Pro-personal massage system, and also for the Pro-Equine rug which I am very confident helped two of my horses achieve their best Dressage scores to date at Highclere. I feel such a difference in myself and in my horses since using their products, and I really feel now that they are essential items for anyone wishing to reach the top of their game - both in Motorsport and Equestrian competition.

For more information on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com.
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