David Simpson and Emma-Jo Slater are off to HOYS in the Foxhunter final

David Simpson and Emma-Jo Slater took the coveted HOYS Foxhunter second round tickets at Bury Farm.

David took the win on Rebecca Allison's Obama JD, a Lux Z/Dow Jones Courcel eight-year-old bred in Ireland. Obama was originally ridden by David and his partner Louise Pavitt in Spring 2015 at Vilamoura and Lummen before he was sold to Rebecca.

Emma-Jo, winner of the prevous day’s 1.30m, snatched the second qualifying ticket on Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Kimba Flamenco, a seven-year-old by Billy Towmey’s International ride Je T’Aime Flamenco and out of the Heartbreaker mare Uttah Van Het Indihof, a former competition mare for Emma-Jo and her favourite.

Emma-Jo finished fourth in the HOYS 2005 Foxhunter championship on Tinkas Serenade – Billy’s London 2012 ride.

Here, Emma-Jo also headed the 1.20m and finished second in the 1.10m on the ultra-consistent Simply Billie Bunter. Helen Rees won the 1.10m and the second day’s 1.20m with Maximo Des Forets.

Alex Thompson just missed out on another HOYS final, taking third on Cathalina V, a Catoki/Sandro seven-year-old who is through to the talentseekers final. Chris Moyce and Daimond were fourth with Ashley Pullen and Calafornia in fifth.

David also took second in the following 1.40m on the Dutch-bred eight-year-old Double Deuce Retto. Brian Cournane took the win on the Irish 10-year-old Javas Keltic Mist with Philip Spivey in third on Greg and Tracey Forrest’s home-bred Diamant De Semilly eight-year-old Darya-I-Nur.

Rowan Willis posted two wins. He guided the Chacco Blue/Plot 10-year-old Blue Movie to head day one’s 1.40m from Nick Benterman and the Andamo 11-year-old Adico. Stuart Harvey and Carlos F, an Ol Metta/Burggraaf nine-year-old, took third with Darren Wise and Caelero in fourth.

Rowan posted his second win in the newcomers on the five-year-old mare Wellington Grey Goose.

Chloe Smith topped day two’s 1.30m on the Triomphe De Muze/Darco 14-year-old Candy Boy, pushing Helen Tredwell and Sharon Baldwin’s Constant II into second with Stuart Reeve-Young on Chablis Z II in third.

Danny McGlynn topped the B and C on Team Harmony’s Carano/Caretino 11-year-old Babilonia with Phlip Spivey and the Romanov seven-year-old Kasparov, winner of an earlier Foxhunter, in second.

Anna De Verteuil doubled up, winning the 1.15m on Belle Fleur and the 95cm on Victory II. Second in the 95cm on Rockhill Girl, Jassy Pyke reversed the places in the 1.05m.

And Abbi Jackson also netted two wins, taking day two’s 95cm and 1.05m on the Colander/Prince D’Elle 11-year-old Christopher Robin IV.

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