An on-form Annabel Shields made the journey to Fife worthwhile with the top two places in the Speedi-Beet grade C to net two more HOYS tickets to add to her tally.
Annabel had driven through the night after competing at the popular three-day Balmoral meeting in Northen Ireland to get to Fife on time.
“It was well worth the no-sleep scenario. We got home, swapped lorries, sorted tack and set straight off the Fife with a different batch of horses,” said Annabel, who won the grade C with the ultra-consistent Gerona.
Twenty-two initially bid for the three HOYS grade C tickets on offer ocwr a 12-fence track designed by Nigel Jess with six coming forward to the jump-off. Lack of sleep didn’t affect Annabel’s performance and she raced ahead on the Bacardi VDL seven-year-old Gerona to land the top spot and also slotted Chloe Page’s Ultimo/Burggraaf nine-year-old Epke into second, 1.98 sec separating the two.
The win now gives Gerona three HOYS finals – she also won the Foxhunter second round at Area 15 two weeks earlier and picked up talentseekers qualification at Field House in April. With Epke also in the HOYS grade C, Annabel now has four HOYS tickets.
“She’s my princess and has done the hat-trick all at the first time of asking,” said a delighted Annabel.
Douglas Duffin is also HOYS-bound after claiming the third and final HOYS place on the Kashmir Van Schuttershof/Corrado I eight-year-old Enola Van Schuttershof.
Louise Milne Home missed out by one and half sec with fourth place on Harry DV. Annabel posted the fastest time of the class on Capriole II but four faults dropped them to fifth and Craig Hamilton claimed sixth with Larry Z.
Gillian Anderson topped a five-horse jump-off in the Strathallan Castle RHS young masters 1.30m qualifier on the Eurocommerce Memphis/Burggraaf 11-year-old Congeniality B with the only double clear. Lucy Guild was almost three sec faster on Hugana Van’t Heike but hit the penultimate fence and had to settle for second spot. Douglas claimed third on Moonface JX with Rosie Pindar on Hanleen Beatrice fourth and Alexandra Moorhouse filled fifth on Hamilton H.
Alexandra headed the Aurora Hotel RHS Classic 1.20m qualifier on Harmonizer. Thirteen of the 37 starters produced initial clears to go forward to the jump-off with Alexandra taking charge on the Womanizer seven-year-old to win by just 0.12 sec. Isabel Lindsay guided Cruise On Tina into second with Alastair Gray in third aboard Bambi VI. Alexandra also picked up fourth on Hamilton H with Alana Hood on her earlier newcomers winner Scherzinger FB and Rosie aboard Hanleen Beatrice also posting double clears for fifth and sixth.
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