Emily Ward took the top HOYS spot in the Foxhunter second round at Weston Lawns with the exciting seven-year-old Vragance Manciaise. And Derek Morton joins her with Tanina Rushton’s Double Dutch CKV.
The 71 starters were reduced to 26 over Steve Williams’ tough 14-fence track, and only five could find double clears to access the jump-off.
First off Sarah Billington returned on eight with her Bolesworth amateur grand prix winner Uforia JX, and Robert Smith hit the vertical coming out of the double for a fast four on Black Label.
Then Derek produced another foot-perfect clear on the inexperienced Double Dutch CKV. He knew he’d qualified when Chris Moyce and Daimond lowered a rail, but he was denied a win when Emily beat the time by 1.30 sec.
Emily has ridden the Cassini II/Power Light seven-year-old, owned by Michael Whitaker and Nick Ward, for eight months and rates her highly. The pair have been jumping abroad at 2 and 3* level with consistent results.
“She’s class, one of the best I’ve ridden, and this is a great warm-up for the British Masters 2* this week,” she said after tackling their first Foxhunter second round.
Derek was equally chuffed with the Indoctro eight-year-old Double Dutch CKV, bought by owner Tanina Rushton as an unbroken three-year-old.
“She’s a big mare and she has taken time, but she always delivers,” said Tanina, who handed the ride to Derek six weels ago.
“She wasn’t ready to go against the clock at this level and we’ve been chasing Foxhunter double clears for next year for the last couple of week, now they’re irrelevant,” said Derek.
All five also qualify to jump in the Foxhunter Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, in August.
The summer grand prix and £500 first prize fell to Holly Gillott. She made use of all the turn options on LammyBeach to win by 0.45 sec.
Joe Clayton took second on Cally V with stablemates Emily Ward on Remi Cavalleri in third.
Derek McCoppin claimed four wins over the week. The Corland/Calvados 14-year-old stallion Valencio headed a 1.20m and the 1.30m ladies and gents, VDL Cassius, an 11-year-old daughter of Ard VDL Douglas, also topped a 1.30m and the Indoctro 12-year-old Zaire won the speed and power 1.40m by 0.24 sec.
Ellie Chirnside had a great show with for 90cm wins and a second on Zohra A. Emily Portas doubled up with two 1.15m wons and a third with Elassisi, and Emma King won a 1.05m and a 90cm and took third in a 1.15m on Calcourt Quicksilva.
Melanie Butcher claimed three wins, Leyla III winning two 1.20m classe and Flits heading a 1.15m. Charlotte Arnold was another multi winner. Goulton Emperor Claudius won two Foxhunter classes with Everest II second in one and winning another. And Leestone Blue Voltet was another winner for Charlotte, topping a discovery with her second ride Matteo-k van Katteneye took second.
Alice Palmer earned a double of wins in a British novice and a newcomers with Mood Swings.
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