Mark Edwards maintains his successful run to claim another HOYS place at Bicton

Mark Edwards maintained his winning form with Montreuxs Tale at Bicton. Just a week after taking victory and qualifying for the HOYSnewcomers final at Wales and West, Mark and his home-bred seven-year-old topped the Foxhunter second round to score another HOYS finalist place.

Sixty-seven hopefuls initially chased the two HOYS places in the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter second round, with Mark producing three foot-perfect rounds to take the top spot.

“We gave him time and he’s grown into himself this year,” he said on the gelding by his top horse Tinkers Tale and out of his former young riders grade A Montreux.

Katie Pytches claimed the second qualifying spot on the eight-year-old mare Jolie Fleur Van De Noordheuvel. This must be a lucky venue for this pair, they qualified for the HOYS newcomers here 12 months ago and finished fifth in the final.

Just missing out in third place was Donna Callaghan on Freek VT Scharenborg with Carron Nicol on Finnegan D fourth and Kathryn Ellison aboard Bayjing in fifth to fill the Masters places at Stoneleigh’s National Championships in August.

Helen Tredwell headed the initial 1.40m on Remi Argentux, a 10-year-old by Argentinus and out of the Lux mare Remi Delux – now jumping with Morgan Kent. Alex Thompson had to settle for second aboard Cathalina V. Danielle Farnsworth claimed third on Chaddagh Iroko and Bethanie Knight filled fourth spot on Quenotte in the 39-strong class. James Wilson took fifth riding Eskola M and Helen picked up sixth with second ride Galtur.

Ninety-three contended day one’s 1.30m with Alice Watson eventually emerging the winner aboard the 14-year-old mare KEC Havana. Julian Mincher guided Calista III into second with Sammie Coffin in third on Devils Kiss. James Emblen jumped into fourth on Skelwith Lady Delilah ahead of Clare Gwenap in fifth with Hechizar Sombrio and Adrian Whiteway took sixth on Boavista Delsendam.

Alice doubled up in the newcomers on Royal Wedding Day, relegating Angela Thompson on Condor L LL into second with Emma McGlynn in third with Celvin VIII.

And James jumped to the top in the 1.35m with Lady Delilah, pushing Sammie Coffin into second on Willem De Lux. Stephen Mercer took third on Greenlanes Balou Star with Faye Adams on Ziezo in fourth and Miles O’Donnell fifth on Borsato.

Gail Burchmore topped the 1.25m on the Levisto/Contender 12-year-old mare Leva Z, beating on-form Mark Edwards into second with Its Showbusiness. Stephen Jenkins made it a top three for Wales with third place on Willem M in the 113-strong class.

There was no stopping Mark, the on-form Welshman claimed another three wins. He picked up two Foxhunter victories with Harley H. In the first, they relegated Rebecca Mason to second place on Patriano II. Caron Nicol was third here on the handsome stallion Galerius with Jane Annett fourth aboard BF Allstar.

In the second, Mark and Harley beat Amy Ovens and F-Palma into second. Andrew Williams claimed third and fourth places on Tresaison Ricochet and Froniki with Gail Burchmore in fifth aboard All Byself.

And Mark also headed the discovery on Eternal Evolution, galloping ahead of Clare Wilson on Call Me Mr Chit Chat. Annabel Scott took third on He’s All White.

Sammie Coffin was a double winner on Warchant II, taking wins in 1.05m and 1m classes.

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