Red Morgan landed the winter 138cm second round with the sole treble clear aboard Quest Du Buhot on day two at South View’s popular small pony premier – the first of the season.
Eleven of 31 produced first round clears with these further reduced to eight for the final jump-off, Iwan Carpenter claiming two of the rides with Fancy A Baileys and Follow Jazzy Lady. But in the event, pressure over Gillian Milner’s raised track took its toll and only one treble clear was evident, Red and the 14-year-old Quest Du Buhot landing the top spot will skill and nerve.
“Overall it was big and I felt the pressure to jump clear,” said Red, who was aided by advice from both Eleni Murphy and Anthony Condon.
Last to go Tom Francis Jones went for the clear with the excitable, scopey Kiltormer Hero, but when the oxer two from home fell he hit top gear to race home without further penalty to claim the second qualifying spot. It will be there second appearance at Hickstead, the pair finished 10th last year.
“He is so intelligent and has so much scope and stride,” said Tom, who acquired this 14-year-old from the Wachman family in Ireland.
Jake Myers finished in third spot with The Agent ahead of Mimi Digby on Kiltormer Dan in fourth place. Iwan Carpenter slotted Follow Jazzy Lady into fifth and also took eight on Fancy A Baileys with Eloise Squibb sixth aboard Drumaclan Flight and Codie McGowan seventh on Oakhurst In The Spotlight.
A delighted Charlie Atkinson claimed the top spot in the Hickstead 128cm second round with the consistent mare Daffodil – again with the only treble clear.
Charlie has produced this nine-year-old mare from British novice in the past two years following her purchase from Sharon Quigley – who advised Charlie with his jump-off track.
“She’s very rideable but like a miniature horse with a big stride, I have to keep her short and contained,” said Charlie on this mare – second in the 128cm championship at Liverpool just a week before.
Izabella Rogers’ round was marred when the final fence fell, but it was good enough to put Whinney Lass into second and gain a coveted pass to Hickstead.
“She loves a jump-off and goes crazy, but she’s very good to turn,” said Izabella.
Madelaine Archibald hit the first fence then finished the round without further penalty on My Little Sweetheart to take third. Noora von Bulow eased Sparkel into fourth in the six-pony decider with Annabelle Sanderson fifth aboard Elith and Olivia Sponer on Quantum Tron claimed sixth.
NB: Qualifications will be updated on the website pending official grading of results.
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