Nicole Lockhead Anderson takes back-to-back wins in the HOYS 138cm championship

Nicole Lockhead Anderson claimed back-to-back wins in the Stable Company 138cm championship. Last year she won with Sonas Barney – fifth this time – but it was Shappen Pilgrim that stepped up to the plate in 2016.

Eight of the 22 starters jumped initial clears over course-designer Bob Ellis’ 12-fence track with Nicole and Tahnia Jordan Jones having two chances each.

Clears proved harder to come by in round two, and Tegan Jones – hoping to go one better than last year’s second place – initially led the way with the game 21-year-old stallion Grey Palace. Nicole chased hard with Sonas Barney but a rail on the floor at the penultimate double dropped them out of contention.

But Lily Freeman-Attwood wiped more than five sec from the time on the ultra-quick, evergreen 24-year-old My Bugsy Malone on her final ride with this magical pony.

However, a final victory on the last ride together was not to be.

Nicole was tighter and quicker on second ride, the 18-year-old Shappen Pilgrim, to take the title for the second consecutive year by 0.95 sec.

“He’s amazing, very quick and I knew I could turn back tight to the double. Lily was quick so I had to do something special. I love the atmosphere at HOYS, and when ‘Pedro’ hears the crowd shouting, he knows it’s a big occasion,” said Nicole.

Tegan claimed third aboard Grey Palace.

Shaunie Greig was fastest four on Drumaclan Flight for fourth, finishing just ahead of Nicole with Sonas Barney. Faye Sutton slotted the seven-year-old Fast Fun into sixth with Tahnia Jordan Jones taking seventh and eighth with Oakhurst In The Spotlight and Thyme Flies.

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