Tracy Priest doubles up at Hickstead

Tracy Priest clocked an amazing double on day two at Hickstead, heading the Bunn Leisure 4* Derby Tankard on Caristo VDL. The scopey Silverstone/Quick Star nine-year-old answered every call to deliver a great jump-off clear and take the class for Tracy by 0.68 sec.

Phillip Miller claimed second on the Unbelievable Darco/Hamilton nine-year-old – born just five miles away at Brendon Stud. William Funnell was third on Billy Congo with Dale Burnham fourth on Romanella Gold n the seven-strong jump-off.

Tracy also topped the Hickstead novice championship, winning by 0.44 sec with the Calvaro Z seven-year-old Caruso D’Eres Z, winner of the previous day’s Foxhunter.

Ireland’s Kenneth Graham took second aboard the eight-year-old stallion Democrat HSI with Julian Mincher in third on Darren and Sam Middleton’s Vaillant seven-year-old Eindhoven G H.

Louise Pavitt snatched the 4* Stoners Jewellers Vase by just a fraction on the Nonstop mare Fiona V/H Lemmenshof from Billy Twomey’s efforts with Michael Bates’ Quidan De Revel nine-year-old Thomas. Just 0.08 sec separated the two.

Julie Andrews was third on the Oklund 13-year-old Wilando B with Holly Gillott in fourth on Lammy Beach, an eight-year-old by Beach Ball.

Holly doubled up in the national classes, taking the Astore & Sons 1.35m championships on Carolus K and the Hickstead Annual grade C championship with PLS Halo Diamond.

In typically impressive speedy mode, Holly won the 1.35m by almost two sec on Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K, an Indoctro nine-year-old and HOYS 2016 talentseekers finalist.

Emily Llewellyn brought the 15-year-old Junior IV into second with Yasmin Pinchen and Bandito in third and Joss Williams’ Culmore Prospect – winner of Wednesday’s 1.35m – in fourth.

And Holly aboard the Irish eight-year-old PLS Halo Diamond sliced two sec from Louise Whitaker’s time aboard Team Harmony’s eight-year-old mare Udget Du Rozel to claim the Hickstead annual grade C title. Henry Turrell took third on Doonaveeragh Complete with Simon Crippen and Judy Ross’s Rosgan So Divine in fourth.

Yorkshire-based Irishman Richard Howley claimed victory in the Astore & Sons 4* speed Derby qualifier, taking the win by 3.38 sec on the Numero Uno/Burggraaf 14-year-old Verlindo.

Four clears were produced. Chloe Winchester on Ed Howard’s Oklund/Damiro 12-year-old Zandokan H took second with Paul Crago and Valentino IX third and John Crippen on Loughnatousa Diego fourth.

Photos © Jumping Around & Julian Portch