Joe Clayton's killer moves earn the HOYS newcomers title

Joe Clayton’s angled turn was the killer move in the Connolly’s Red Mills newcomer final and earned him victory by almost two sec on Lexie III.

Sixth-drawn Joe was the first of the nine in the jump-off to tackle the smooth inside move to the second fence, a not insubstantial oxer, and it paid off spectacularly.

“I looked at the turn as I went in and it was on. Although Lexie hasn’t done turns like that before, I have confidence in her ability, she jumps a lot of clears,” said Joe, who made the crowds gasp as he executed the killer turn – “It made me gasp, too!”

The seven-year-old mare by Calvaro was bred by Joe’s boss Michael Whitaker.

“She’s always been on the yard, we know her inside out,” said Joe.

Holly Smith rode a convincing round on the Irish-bred eight-year-old PLS Halo Diamond amid encouraging shouts and much applause from the spectators and looked to have won the class, but had to settle for second place.

Laura Pritchard’s standard setting round in third draw on the super-careful Lupicor stallion Horse Victorys Fayot took an eventual third place. They finished 0.43 sec behind Holly.

Tracy Priest netted fourth spot on the Calvaro seven-year-old Caruso D’Eres Z with Katie Pytches and Jolie Fleur in fifth. Rachael Connor took sixth and eighth with fast four faulters Zaha and Fantastic, sandwiching Roger McCrea into seventh on the stallion Davinci VD Bosrand Z.

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