Joe Clayton outpaced all to claim victory in the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter second round with El Wee Widge at Addington Manor’s summer classic.
The initial 71 competitors were whittled down over two rounds to just 12 for the final jump-off, and Joe delivered in style on El Wee Widge, a Wheaweij De Landetta/Lester eight-year-old he has ridden since May, taking the top spot with more than half a sec in hand.
A delighted Jess Dimmock is also HOYS-bound with second place on brand new ride Billy In Fashion, a seven-year-old Billy Congo/Kannan mare.
A disappointed Louise Saywell missed out in third by two sec on the seven-year-old Hashtag, although she was pleased with the performance, and they get a second qualifying chance at Stoneleigh along with Alfie Bradstock also treble clear on fourth-placed Tiger Bright and Claire Robertson in fifth aboard Cillfhiachrach Trend.
Max Routledge topped the Connollys Red Mills newcomer second round with Centos Girl, beating 107 rivals to the top spot.
A tough, technical track reduced the mammoth entry list to just five for the final jump-off, with Max easing the promising seven-year-old Centos Girl, a German-bred mare with Cento/Con Capitol bloodlines initially produced by William Whitaker and David Wingrove before Max took over in January, into first place by 1.40 sec.
Also returning a fast time and the only other treble clear, Nicole Pavitt netted the second qualifying HOYS spot on Diane Mindel’s home-bred six-year-old Newtonhill Monaco (Arko/Landlord).
Bryony Ward came home on a costly four faults for third on Figaro VII, but gets a second chance at HOYS qualification at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, along with Emma Crawford in fourth on Ferragamo L and Michael Fursedonn, fifth with Nirvana Van’t Vossenhof Z.
Max also headed two of the B and C classes on offer with the seven-year-old Baloubet Du Rouet/Voltaire stallion Firkov Du Rouet. On the first day, Faye Adams settled for second with new ride Demograaf and Jess finished third aboard Billy In Fashion. On the final day, the pair pushed Gemma Ellison’s Rambler VDL into second with Louise Saywell on Gentleman in third.
Tracy Priest scored another handsome win on Caristo VDL, taking the area trial in fine style in a jump-off that was all about the clock, the pair winning by 0.82 sec. It was the third big national win for the Silverstone/Quick Star 10-year-old, who also topped Royal Norfolk's area trial and Kent County's Detling Stakes.
Helen Tredwell guided Ann and Colin Garrett’s Sebastian VII into second place with Mennell Watson and Whisper In The Wind third. Olli Fletcher – who has just been selected for the children-on-horses European Championships – took fourth on Hello Disckoboy DN ahead of Alex Thompson’s Cathalina in fifth and Ben Walker sixth aboard Roulette H.
Mennell and the nine-year-old Cobretti stallion Whisper In The Wind rose to the top in the 1.40m and 1.35m, racing ahead of all rivals. Eoin Gallagher claimed second spot in the 1.40m with Princess Leah ahead of Ben and Roulette H. Joe Clayton rode into fourth and sixth with Cally V and El Wee Widge, sandwiching Tim Stockdale’s Tornado Des Monts into fifth.
In the 1.35m, Graham Babes settled for second on Boucheron with Tom Whitaker’s Ebelina W in third and Mennell also picked up fourth aboard another home-bred stallion, Outcast.
Graham scored a hat-trick of wins over the weekend with Boucheron and Glencoe. He topped the 1.30m aboard the Valentino DDH/Burggraaf 11-year-old Boucheron, relegating Max Routledge and Lord of Arabia into second. Georgie Crumley clinched third spot on Renkum Centre Star and Tim Stockdale netted fourth on Abelardo EZ.
And Graham doubled up in the Foxhunter/grade C classes with the Chellthago Z/Numero Uno six-year-old Glencoe. In the first, Tom Whitaker slotted Creevagh Tompico into second ahead of Rikki Gradley in third on Cassandra Z II and Graham also claimed fourth aboard Epinal.
Graham topped another Foxhunter/grade C on Glencoe and took third with Epinal, sandwiching Emily Llewellyn’s Mr Bullseye into second place. Ronnie Jones took fourth on LCC Incidnia.
Will Fletcher headed the middle day’s B and C on the nine-year-old Glory Rose, pushing Rachael Connor’s consistent Fantastic into second place. Helen Tredwell netted third on Galtur ahead of fourth-placed Olli Fletcher’s Dahar.
Georgie Crumley scored a double, taking the 1.25m on the 10-year-old mare Haifa OL from second-placed Alice Watson and KEC Havana with Stephen Mercer in third on Greenlanes Balou Star, and also headed the newcomers with Jimmy K from Derek Morton in second on Tildorado S.
Alice topped the first of the 1.25m classes on the eight-year-old E-Pilotta, jumping ahead of second-placed John Crippen on Content and Emma Slater in third on Killorans Mountain.
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