Jake Saywell takes the HOYS newcomers at Wales and West

Jake Saywell is off to HOYS after taking a hotly contended Connollys Red Mills newcomers second round on Fantastico C at Wales and West’s second rounds show. He narrowly missed out on a second qualifying place, taking third with Quimari W.

From a field of 131, course-designer Raf Suarez whittled them down to 27 for the second round, with 13 again going clear, although only 10 jumped off.

Jake’s early round on the Dutch-bred six-year-old with Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Damiro bloodlines broke the 40 sec barrier, and held the lead despite several other challenges.

Laura Pritchard, 22, brought Horse Victorys Fayot into second to register a finalist place at HOYS – her first since her pony days.

The Lupicor/Edison stallion Fayot is another six-year-old and is jointly owned with the Horse Victory Supplements team.

Jake took third on Quimari W for a newcomers Masters place at the National championships, and also taking Masters places for another chance to qualify for HOYS are fourth-placed Chad Fellows on Cassalfino, Kathryn Ellison with Cherokee Bay in fifth and Henry Trueloeve on Corlando Z – all produced treble clears.

Horrendous hailstorms marred the area trial and the class was halted for 20 min while the weather eased and the going recovered from the heavy rain.

Although five were due to come forward to the jump-off – four clears and one with a time fault – in the event only three tackled the jump-off. Last to go Holly Gillott took the class on the Obos Quality eight-year-old Quality Old Joker with the only double clear.

William Funnell and the home-bred Billy Congo/Kannan nine-year-old mare Billy Cool took second with Simon Crippen on the 13-year-old Careful/Lauriston stallion Temple Claudius in third – both hit the first part of the double for four faults.

James Johnson and Zucchini Van De Zuuthoeve took fourth, the only other clear in round one, and Christie Pritchard claimed fifth with one time fault on Waldemar.

Sian Edwards and Adriarna – winner of Devon County’s accumulator just two days earlier, took the 1.40m grand prix, over four sec faster than second-placed William Funnell and Billy Cool. Mennell Watson and Outcast took third in the 16-strong jump-off.

Photos © Jumping Around