Nicole Pavitt secure last-minute Hickstead B and C qualification
Nicole Pavitt picked up a last-minute qualification for the Hickstead B and C on national day at the RIHS with Gemmarco 16.Forty-eight contended with Nicole racing ahead on her eight-year-old home-bred Unbelievable Darco/Equador stallion to fill the top spot. Kate Whitaker jumped into second to also take a finalist place aboard Eunomia, an eight-year-old Singapore/Sam R mare. Jay Halim claimed third on Jaque Mate with Stuart Harvey in fourth and fifth on Egbert and Lowhill I No Dat.
Ninety-five chased the last-gasp novice qualification, but Lucy Guild held off all challenges to claim victory on the Je T’Aime Flamenco/Nimmerdor six-year-old Gucci LSH.
Pippa Goddard raced into second spot on the seven-year-old mare No Name TW. Stephen Lohoar filled third spot on Gizmo VIII with Nicole aboard Newtonhill Monaco fourth and Julie Draper’s Greece II in fifth.
Robert Whitaker headed the 1.30m on the eight-year-old mare Exclusive X from David Simpson’s Gentleman III and Max Routledge on Lord of Arabia in third spot.
John Crippen topped a 52-strong 1.25m with the Coolcorran Cool Diamond 16-year-old Louhnatousa OB, relegating Leesa Long’s Saber to second with Lily Bradstock in third on Benedictus.
In the 1.05m pony warm-up, Jessica Howard outpaced all to take the top spot on Claire Darwin's Irish-bred 10-year-old Rocky Robin before their JC final debut on Wednesday morning. Tabitha Kyle claimed second and fourth with Lissduff Royal and Borderhill William with Charlie Rea Nelson and Kiltormer Dan sandwiched into third.
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