Alice Weightman will return to HOYS to make another bid on the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter final with Cindy VI after topping the second round qualifier at Crofton Manor.
Surprisingly, only 20 started in this normally popular class offering three HOYS tickets, but the low number was more than made up for in quality. Ten survived to make it to round two with six eventually reaching the third and final round. And three treble clears filled the three qualifying places with Alice and the 11-year-old Cindy finding all the shortcuts to take the top spot by 2.48 sec.
The pair contended both newcomer and Foxhunter finals last year.
“It’s a good start to the summer season. Cindy has stepped up very well to the bigger tracks following her second place in the POYS JA grand prix and qualifying for the winter classic JA final,” said Alice, who won at Arena UK to take her place at the south View, Wettenhall, final.
A delighted Cleo Loizzo claimed second on the Irish-bred 11-year-old Banner Girl and Mia Barr landed the third and final ticket on the Lissduff Rebel 11-year-old Craughwell Boy.
Four faults dropped Holly Cooper and Valentino Supreme into fourth and the final fence fell for Alice and second ride Epapke for fifth, these two taking the two National tickets for a pass to Stoneleigh Masters and another chance for HOYS qualification. Jessica Howard and Rocky Robin had to settle for sixth spot.
Jessica doubled up with wins in both Foxhunter/1.10m classes on her double Blue Chip sapphire and coral champion Tinkas Gentleman Jim – from the 1.10m section.
On day one, the speedy pair claimed 10 sec in hand. Poppy Foster took second with the only other double clear on Foxhunter pony Little Novelty. Francesca Young took third and fourth with Quantico and Archers Delight.
Jessica topped the final day’s two-phase with more than nine sec to spare. The next three places were filled by Foxhunter ponies, Oscar Hobby and Boris VIII taking second with Georgina Wareham’s Sharelle in third and Lily Grimwade aboard Laurem Sparky took fifth.
Ella Quigley raced to the top in the 1.20m with the 11-year-old Clemens 43 with a 2.58 sec advantage. Freya Payne eased Tommie Boy II into second with Anoushka Mauree in third on Miami Moonbeam and Claire and Cindy finished fourth.
Varvara Gamazova headed the 1.15m members cup on the 11-year-old mare Champagne Diamond with 2.57 sec to spare over Isobel Stenning in second on Colours of Romeo. Lily Grimwade’s Bonnies Lass finished third just ahead of Holly and Valentino Supreme in fourth.
Evei Marie Denton doubled up with pony British novice and discovery wins on the 11-year-old 133cm pony Longstone Royal Messiah. Hannah West had to settle for second on both occasions with the 12-year-old Hazel Star.
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