Joss Williams gets Hickstead off to a flying start

Hickstead opened its doors for the first time this year with a busy day of national classes. Joss Williams got off to a flying start, outpacing his 66 rivals in the Astore & Sons 1.35m for victory with a flying round on the 16-year-old White Clover daughter Culmore Prospect.

Maisie Drea claimed second on another Irish-bred, the 12-year-old Kinkeen Diamond, a Mohill Cavalier Clover gelding. Bryony Ward and Mill Hollow Clouding finished third ahead of Louise Whitaker on Ruby VIII.

Tracy Priest topped the 120-strong Foxhunter on Caruso D’Eres Z, a seven-year-old gelding by Calvaro Z. Nicole Pavitt on Fiona Burgoyne’s six-year-old Fae Singapore finished second ahead of Romilly Simmons and Annaghmore Dolce, an eight-year-old Clover Echo daughter.

Holly Gillott topped the Hickstead annual grade C qualifier on the Irish eight-year-old PLS Halo Diamond.

David Simpson brought the eight-year-old gelding Double Deuce Retto into second with Ruby Fryer and another eight-year-old, Didante, taking third.

Abbe Elliott triumphed in the 1.25m with the consistent nine-year-old Casti Aneira, pushing Johnathan Bowman’s speedy Marcel Des Rosiers into second. Julian Mincher and Alan Pymont’s Risk It took third.

Victoria Gulliksen claimed victory in the Beethoven seven and eight-year-old qualifier on the British-bred Billy Blue Bell, an eight-year-old Billy Congo daughter. David McPherson took second and third on the Diarado/Cassini I seven-year-old Dicas and the Balou Du Rouet/Guidam seven-year-old Sirocco VII. Nicole Pavitt on the Unbelievable Darco stallion son Gemmarco 16 took fourth.

Ben Dalton and Romanov’s Roulette, a Romanov/Carnaval Drum six-year-old, took the newcomers ahead of Romilly Simmons on In The Mood VHK, an eight-year-old by Winningmood and out of a Lys De Darmen mare. Tracy Priest and Fuzeta Beech took third.

A mammoth 232 contended the 1m open, won by Monica Ballard on her speedy 18-year-old My Amazing Grace. Robert Valente-Smith took second on Pennvad with John Crippen and Scholarship in third.

Lola Wade headed the Ready Supp six-year-old qualifier on the Irish six-year-old Galwaybay Merbreaker, beating Rowan Willis into second on Flow Girl, a Dutch-bred six-year-old. Jake Saywell on his 2016 HOYS newcomer finalist Fantastico C, an Eldorado Van De Zeshoek six-year-old, took third.

Jude Burgess won the R&R Stevenson five-year-old on Germates, a Warrant/Goodtimes mare that gained experience on the Spanish sunshine tour and Vilamoura in the early part of the year. Julian Mincher took second on the Cevin Z mare Red Ladette with third awarded to Pippa Goddard and the Cascall mare Toki II.

With 151 entries, the Animo amateur qualifier was always going to be about the clock. Victoria Cooper proved the quickest on the Lancer II 16-year-old Mieke II. Enda Ivanoff took second with Quinsflight and Louise Stoner’s Cool Impression was third.

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