Holly Miller lands the talentseekers at Northcote

Holly Miller outpaced all to take the top Addington Manor HOYS talentseekers place with Felicio III at Northcote Stud’s popular young horse championships.

Eighty-four contended in the sunshine for the four HOYS passes on offer and just 13 posted initial clears over Raf Suarez’s 13-fence track, riders caught out by technical distance problems and a fairly restrictive time.

Early riders hit fences as they chased the clock over the raised track an Aberdeenshire’s Holly was the first to provide a clear. And it proved the quickest to hand her the winning spot and the top seven-year-old place.

“He’s a little machine but this is a relief, we’ve missed out on HOYS by one in Area 14’s Foxhunter and Area 15’s newcomers,” said Holly.

The Vittorio/Heartbreaker seven-year-old was bought at the end of his four-year-old year.

“He has a fantastic head on him, he’s so willing and never says no, the more I ask, the more he tries,” said Holly, who considered the course “testing but good.”

Tight lines, a good rhythm with enough pace handed the pair the win.

“He maybe small [16.1hh], but he’s mighty,” added Holly.

James Smith provided the only other jump-off clear for second on Just Max, a Berlin/Casco eight-year-old bred by his grandfather Charles McKerlie.

“He’a big horse so has taken time, but he’s really come into his own this year,” said James, who also qualified for the Foxhunter final at South View.

An on-form Chris Smith – who already has HOYS Foxhunter and grade C tickets with Warrior's Glory – claimed the third qualifying place on the Verdi eight-year-old Elmo Hill with the fastest four faults.

Pippa Allen took the fourth and final spot with Carthagon G Z, a Calvino Z eight-year-old owned jointly with Christina Foley.

“He’a very consistent at the minute,” said Pippa.

James Smith was on-form, and topped the 10-strong 1.40m jump-off with 0.40 sec in hand with Quattro 27, a German-bred 13-year-old by Quidam’s Rubin.

Lucy Guild cantered into second with Hugan Vant Heike and Laura Stephenson picked up third on the Cevin Z 15-year-old Catherston Connor. Sam Ward eased Wish into fourth with Millie Allen’s Balou Star in fifth and James also took sixth on Twix De La Roque.

David Harland headed the 53-strong Tough Sport Horses speed challenge with the Darco/Uriel 16-year-old Nux D’Amour, finishing with 0.94 sec to spare. Rachael Connor took second aboard B the 11-year-old Valeree with Jessica Hewitt slotting JJs Impressive into third. Lucy rode into fourth aboard Hugana Vant Heike ahead of fifth-placed Suzanne Posnett on Karmijn and Laura Stephenson in sixth on Sultano.

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