David Simpson and Holly Gillott take the HOYS Foxhunter places at Keysoe

David Simpson is on a roll. Just two weeks after winning Bury Farm’s Foxhunter second round with Obama JD, he topped the same HOYS qualifier at Keysoe with Keoki.

David found the shortest route on the seven-year-old Holsteiner who carries Catoki/Cassini I bloodlines David has produced for two years.

Holly Gillott – now with four rides in the final – brought Elore into second spot. The Namelus R/Jasper seven-year-old mare qualified for both the HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter finals last year, but didn’t compete after being sidelined for seven months. The break certainly hasn’t done her any harm, she bounced back to form here.

Holly also has Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill and Quality Old Joker through to the prestigious HOYS Foxhunter final after taking the top two at Yorkshire’s Area 15, and PLS Halo Diamond after qualifying at Wales and West.

Just missing out on HOYS qualification, Simon Crippen claimed third on Judy Ross’s home-bred Rosgan So Divine, an eight-year-old mare by Couleur Rubin and out of the Galoubet A mare Divine Des Cabanes, who won the HOYS newcomer final back in 1998 with Simon in the saddle. This now 25-year-old mare was also sixth in the grade C final, sixth in the seven-year-old and eighth in the Foxhunter final the same year.

Billy Twomey took fourth on Pewit Nono, Sue Davies’ home-bred seven-year-old mare bred from two of Billy’s former top rides – by Luidam and out of the Ginster mare Anastasia.

Vicky Young eased Eagle into fifth to also take a Foxhunter Masters place with another chance to qualify for Birmingham at the National Championships at Stoneleigh in August.


1 David Simpson & Keoki 2 Holly Gillott & Elore 3 Simon Crippen & Rosgan So Divine 4 Billy Twomey & Pewit Nono 5 Vicky Young & Eagle 6 Alicia Smallman & Doonaveeragh Victor 7 Timothy Page & Granby 8 Julia Helm & Helms Rossio 9 Alfie Bradstock & Evert 10 Michelle Hutchings & Barracuda DS 11 Megan James & The Jeweller

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