Billy Luther races into a HOYS spot at Northcote Stud

Billy Luther raced ahead to claim the top HOYS ticket in the Blue chip pony newcomers second round at Northcote Stud with Creme De La Creme.

Fifty-nine competitors from up and down the country initially contended course-designer Gill Pollard’s track in the newly-extended outdoor arena with 18 providing round one clears. The second round raised track whittled these down to 10 for a battle against the clock and the two much-coveted passes to the HOYS final.

However, Billy, 15, commanded victory on the cremello 14-year-old Creme De La Creme, taking all the tight-turn options to come home with 2.88 sec to spare.

Robyn Woodward, 15, slotted the 11-year-old Rudgeway Maestro into second for the other HOYS qualifying place on offer.

Four treble clears were produced, Cleo Loizzo just missing out with Banner Girl. The top five claimed pony newcomers masters places at the National Championships, Stoneleigh in August, and Cleo was joined by Lila Bremner on Lapislazuli in fourth and fifth-placed Sinead Cox aboard Lislan Cruising Lady.

Jessica Howard is one step nearer to one of her 2017 goals when topping the pony discovery second round with Ryehill Joseph.

Jess, 14, won the pony discovery final last year with top pony Rocky Robin, and is determined to retain her title with promising novice pony Joseph, a Welsh section D nine-year-old owned by Hannah Le Grand.

Forty-five starters contended to chase the 10 qualifying passes to the National Championships at Stoneleigh in August, but Jess had the winning spot sewn up, winning with 1.14 sec in hand.

Harriet Whitton eased the Irish 11-year-old Robe Silver Lady into second with Sinead Cox and Lislan Cruising Lady third. Five provided treble clears with Ellie Todd and Lusmagh Aviator in fourth and fifth going to Emily Wilson and Tyrrells Chantilly Lace. Also going to Stoneleigh are those placed sixth to 10th – Molly Potts Fowles on Champs Palace, Gemma Thorley with Camber Matilda, Cloe Loizzo aboard High Flyer, Kelly Wecke and Colaurel and Courtney Baldwin with Bobby Dazzler V.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.

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