Emma Sargeant maximised on angled, ultra-tight turns to clinch victory in the silver league final with Fools Business – winner in 2015 with Emma’s sister Katie.
“He’s only 15.2hh but at this level he’s virtually unbeatable, he’s a proper winner and always tries his hardest,” said Emma, on her home-bred It’s The Business 16-year-old.
Seven accessed the jump-off with fourth-drawn Emma and the super-speedy ‘Joe’ galloping to a win with more than a sec in hand.
“I watched the route the bronze riders took and Katie gave me a heads up on the early silver riders, I knew what I had to do,” said Emma, who claimed the ride back on the roan gelding after almost four years.
“Katie has other rides so I thought I’d have a go at winning!”
Fools Business has an awesome record at these HOYS finals with a 2015, win, fourth in 2014 and seventh in 2016 – all with Katie.
Rachel Walker and her 2016 winner Bo Gi, an 11-year-old Numero Uno/Sandro mare, had to settle for second place on this occasion.
Vicky Burns claimed third spot on Denzel II, a Cantos/Orame nine-year-old she has produced for the past three and a half years.
Eve Staveley was the steadiest of the double clears for fourth on Shadow IV with David Harland fifth on Fauber after hitting the planks in a quick round. Milli Connock also fell victim to the planks to take sixth on Bommel and Steph Gunn picked up seventh spot aboard Quastor Du Buisson Z.
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