Sophie Fawcett and Julian Mincher take the HOYS Foxhunter tickets

Sophie Fawcett on the impressive Winning Good and Julian Mincher with Eindhoven GH took the two coveted HOYS Foxhunter tickets at Bicton.

Several produced treble clears, but Sophie and the Dutch-bred seven-year-old Winning Good – by Luciana Diniz’s 5* ride Winningmood and out of a Sir Corland mare – proved the fastest on Bicton’s grass arena. Sophie has had the gelding since his five-year-old days and posted recent wins in Vilamoura and Le Touquet in young horse classes.

Despite a slip on a turn midway in the jump-off, Julian Mincher and Eindhoven GH recovered quickly to take second.

The Dutch-bred seven-year-old Eindhoven, by the For Pleasure stallion son Vaillant and out of a Sheraton mare and owned by Sam and Darren Middleton, has been with Julian since a two-year-old.

The top five horses were all seven-year-olds.

Dan Moseley must be feeling disappointed and pleased in equal measures. He just missed out on HOYS with third on new ride, the Montender/Contendro I gelding Monsoon Monday – previously with Philip Spivey – and fourth with the Whitesnake/Elcaro grey Escapado S. But both horses jumped super treble clears and get another crack at HOYS in the Foxhunter Masters at the National Finals, Stoneleigh.

Twenty reached the final, hotly contended round, with Jane Annett and the Chaccomo gelding Chacco Gold fifth and John Garton-Pope on the Upgrade/Bernstein nine-year-old Cicoly D in sixth. Abi Walters on Master Milligan II took seventh and David Wingrove was eighth on Excelibur P.

Mark Edwards scored a double with HorseZone 1.35m and British novice victories. He took the 1.35m on the speedy Tinkers Tale and also took fifth on Unbelievable Eddie. Andrew Williams on Codar finished second with Adrian Whiteway and Carambow in third. Alexandra Coats and the stallion Quisto Van De Helle Z was fourth with Paul Bevan and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve eight-year-old Deangelo II in sixth.

Mark also headed the British novice with the seven-year-old mare Harleys Dream from Tegen Noy’s Genevive.

And Mark also featured in the Foxhunter, taking second on Montreuxs Tale. Alice Watson and Billy Limoncello won the Foxhunter and also took second in the newcomers, won by James Emblen and the seven-year-old mare Loseby's Sawasdee Hi. James was also a double winner, also claiming the Nupafeed Supplements discovery on Fraulins with Tegen Noy and Genevive in second.

Stevie Jenkins headed the Stockdale Accountants 1.25m with his consistent 13-year-old Willem M from Taisie de Gruchy and Hoodshill First Look with James Johnson on Zorro V in third.

Sarah Jones and Kannan Ball were 1.20m winners, taking the class ahead of Leonne George and I Candy II.

Johnathan Bowman topped the 1.10m on the 13-year-old Pennvad. Lucy Loughton took second on Abigail III. Sophie Heaven and Mersely Kes claimed the 1.15m from Millie Cornock's Bommel.

Amanda Bown and Mam Zelle Tatin won the 1m and the 1.05m, and Hayley Webster was a winner in the 90cm on Southborne Rolo with Claire Daniels in second and third on El Paso RK and Eurythmic II. Padraig McCarthy pushed Follyfoot Arkadia into the top spot in the five-year-old with Carmen Edwards and Twinning Hill in second.

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