Joe Clayton and Lexie win the newcomer second round at Arena UK

Joe Clayton took the top spot in the Connolly’s RED MILLS newcomer second round with three class rounds aboard Michael Whitaker’s home-bred Lexie III.

A total of 118 tackled Di Boddy’s track, which reduced the first round with related distance questions to 25 for round two. A further seven fell by the wayside for 18 against the clock with Joe’s mid-draw providing the winning round by 1.38 sec.

The Calvaro Z seven-year-old Lexie is a feisty mare who proved difficult to break and Michael quietly introduced her to competition as a four and five-year-old. Joe and Emily Ward then shared the ride, with Lexie learning her craft in International age classes such as Falsterbo and Bolesworth.

“She has settled more now and has been consistent this year. She was fifth in the Weston Lawns qualifier and seventh at Addington, so she’s been almost there,” said Joe.

There’s just no stopping Holly Smith! She brought her tally of HOYS tickets to nine with second place on the consistent PLS Halo Diamond. This big, scopey Irish eight-year-old, who won Hickstead’s grade C final at the Derby meeting, will also contend the HOYS grade C and Foxhunter finals.

Holly has four in the Foxhunter final, Quality Old Joker – who also jumps in the talentseekers alongside Carolus K and Lammy Beach – Elore and Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill along with Halo Diamond.

Alex Thompson took third on Cathalina V with Holly Brougham and Untouchable in fourth – both on double clears. Scarlett Worrow aboard Cartoon Van Het Meekdaahaf claimed fifth, jumping clear but incurring two time faults.

Chelsea Skelton, winner of a 1.20m on Cheleko GB Z, lifted the top two places in the 1.40m, Caramba taking the top spot from Millfield Baloney.

Kerry Brennan slotted Wellington M into third here, but the consistent pair went on to head the concluding 1.40m on Sunday, netting a handsome £1,000.

Pippa Allen eased Hope Springs into second with Geoff Billington in third on ELO.

Geoff and ELO and taken second in the previous day’s 1.30m, won by Matt Sampson on Cristobal 21. And Miles O’Donnell took Sunday’s 1.30m aboard Borsato from Scarlett Ward in second on the scopey Calista H.

Alex Bishop enjoyed a great show. Over the five days, he netted five wins and a second. The seven-year-old SES Datura won two British novice classes and claimed second in a discovery, the Renkum Rock and Roll/Acord II five-year-old Renkum J Adore headed a newcomers and a discovery and the Pavarotti Van De Helle/Darco 15-year-old Banderas P posted a double of victories in 1.10m classes.

Katie Benbow claimed four wins, taking a 95cm, 1m and 1.05m aboard the 10-year-old mare Ruby St Loise and a 1m class with the 15-year-old Minimee III.

Gemma Dickens and the evergreen 25-year-old Oakleys Ace notched up a hat-trick with the 85cm, 90cm and 95cm wins, and Lloyd Royle was also a three-time winner in the 1.05m classes on Serenity.

And Alison Lines doubled up on the eight-year-old Handel daughter Handel Mee with two 1.15m wins.

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