An on-form Henry Squibb (pictured on Pussy Cat Dol), second two weeks earlier at Keysoe, jumped to the top in the winter 128cm second round on Major Jack.
Only four produced round one clears and these were halved for the jump-off, Henry going head-to-head with Tabitha Kyle on Borderhill William. And Henry dismissed any pressure on the consistent 16-year-old Major Jack to come home with a third clear to win.
The two riders from round two picked up the other qualifying tickets – Olivia Banks in third on Remington Steal and Eloise Squibb with Platinum Prince. It is a second Hickstead ticket for Eloise, who already has Fynnonbach Sandman through to the final.
Holly Cooper seized victory in the winter 138cm with a flying round on Mr Jack Sparrow. A total of 10 from the 38 starters jumped initial clears, and these were further whittled down to six chasing the coveted three Hickstead tickets in the final jump-off.
And Holly and the Irish 13-year-old Mr Jack Sparrow proved to be in flying form, winning by a commanding 4.13 sec. The pair had already taken second at Morris Equestrian Centre a month earlier.
Tegan Rowlands jumped into second place with National Eighteen, an Irish 19-year-old mare she took over from Darcy Holmes in October. Elica Banks was also clear on Ferrybank Roy, an Irish 10-year-old she has ridden for 10 months, to take third.
On a fast four faults, Claudia Moore took fourth with the amazing 25-year-old My Bugsy Malone. Tom Francis-Jones took fifth on Kiltormer Hero and sixth went to Tabitha Kyle and Lissduff Royal.
Francesca Mellor headed the British Showjumping 128/138cm handicap special on the 15-year-old Orchid, taking a commanding win with the only clear round.Jessica Cunnington netted second and third on Brookshill Orla and Mojo II, posting the quickest four faults. Mia Newman and I’m Cheeky Too took fourth, just ahead of Oscar Hobby on Sweet Delight.
Jake Myers topped the Graham Heath Construction 128/138cm handicap on the 15-year-old mare Lucky Lane Firecracker, winning by 1.75 sec over Millicent Stennett in second on Glen Wave. Claudia Moore took third on My Bugsy Malone in this hotly-contended jump-off, with Holly Cooper and Mr Jack Sparrow in fourth. Tia Squibb on Gorm and Ban jumped into fifth with Megan Trott and Romano Maylfower in sixth place.
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