Chad Fellows and Dan Delsart are off to HOYS

Chad Fellows and Dan Delsart deservedly claimed the top two HOYS tickets in the Connolly’s RED MILLS newcomer second round at Crofton Manor with the only treble clears of the class.

From a field of 51, eight tackled the jump-off, and it was all about jumping. Only two treble clears came forward, with Chad – who is based with Tony Newbery in Hampshire – producing a strong clear to take the top spot on Foss, winning by almost six sec. The ride on the six-year-old stallion with Boss/Calvados bloodlines was taken over by Chad in February from previous rider Adrian Whiteway.

“He jumped super, I am so pleased with him,” said Chad.

Northants’ based Frenchman Dan took second place on Ingrid and Lucy Wood’s Diamants Aurora. The six-year-old mare with Diarado/Chacco Blue bloodlines competed at her first show in December and quickly amassed British novice, discovery and newcomer double clears, Dan sharing the ride with Lucy. The mare also gained valuable experience in Barbizon, Le Touquet and Hardelot, enabling her to tackle the strong newcomer second round track just six months after first entering the ring.

“She’s a very sweet, easy mare with a huge future ahead of her,” said Dan.

Four faults in the jump-off put Lola Wade and Galwaybay Merbreaker in third, with Emily Rowe fourth on George and Ben Bick fifth with Elton LV, who claim a finalist place in the newcomer masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, and another qualifying chance.

Lauren Edwards and the consistent Ukato/B Raimond 10-year-old Bukato topped two 1.30m classes.

Danny Dunne doubled up with British novice and discovery wins on Gin Fizz II. Gin was obviously the order of the day. Emily Davies also notched up a double on Gin and Coke, heading the 90cm and 1m classes.

Donna Callaghan was another with two wins to her credit, taking the newcomers on Freek VT Scharenborg and the 1.10m aboard Chacco Brown.

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