In a tense, nail-biting jump-off, Yazmin Davis secured the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter second round top spot with the home-produced Zanbowa Z.
Twenty-two found all the answers to course-designer Raf Suarez’s 12-fence track to go forward to round two, which was swiftly reduced to 13 for the jump-off. Liz Forrester and Erika III set a good target over the now substantial track, but they had to settle for an eventual third when their time was beaten.
Mid-drawn Jamie rode tighter lines on the Wells family’s Cicero Z Van Paemel/Heartbreaker seven-year-old Heartstring to briefly take the lead. But Yazmin set off at the gallop on the Zandor Z/Calvaro Z eight-year-old Zanbowa Z to cut the time by 0.85 sec to lay claim to the top spot.
“He’s very sharp but focused in the ring,” said Yazmin.
After a nail-biting wait when Lauren Edwards beat the time by four sec but hit the final vertical with the Zirocco Blue VDL eight-year-old Ella Sandra G, Jamie claimed the second HOYS spot.
Liz and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Balou Du Rouet eight-year-old Erika took third to qualify for the Foxhunter Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh in August and with it another crack at HOYS. Joining her was Jo Pay with the steadiest of the treble clears on the eight-year-old Ragga Muffin (Calvaro Z/Diamond Lad) for fourth and Lauren’s fastest four took fifth.
Alfie Bradstock topped the 1.35m for a £500 winner’s purse on the eight-year-old KBIS Evert (Canturano/Burggraaf) in a 19-strong class. On-form Alfie also claimed third aboard the nine-year-old Dawn B, sandwiching Mark Turnbull into second on Cartouch III. Anna Power jumped Bina Ford’s Edison V into fourth place.
Rowan Wills took the 1.40m on Doulita, pushing Laura Mantel and Liz Howes’ Glory B V into second with Dan Moseley on Escapado S in third and Adrian Whiteway fourth aboard Carambow in the 48-strong class.
Jane Annett headed the 1.25m speed with the nine-year-old mare Sligo Hermes Touch, relegating day one’s 1.20m winner Stevie Jenkins and the Its The Business 16-year-old Nolton Its Oscar to second. Mark Edwards took third with Its Showbusiness and Chloe Winchester slotted Sportsfield Our Clare into fourth place.
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