Tim Stockdale lands a talentseekers win at Addington Manor
Tim Stockdale cannily topped the 96-strong HOYS talenseekers with Don Diego De Plata at Addington Manor’s three day meeting.
Eighteen posted first round clears over course-designer Nigel Jess’ 12 fence-track but just three double clears were achieved as later riders opted for accuracy to secure a HOYS place, Tim by far the quickest. He guided the Ramiro De Belle Vue/Latano I nine-year-old Don Diego into an impressive 3.83 sec victory.
Locally-based Helen Tredwell will return to HOYS with the eight-year-old Zavall VDL/Monaco mare Funnycan – who contended three HOYS finals last year, including the talentseekers – after riding into second spot. Roger McCrea eased the Baltic VDL/Concorde eight-year-old stallion Faltic HB into third with the steadiest of the double clears.
Carron Nicol was way ahead of the winning time by more than five sec with the talented Sandro Boy/Diamant De Semilly stallion Galerius but an early rail down dropped them to fourth. Nonetheless, this was sufficient for a HOYS ticket as the top-placed seven-year-old. Tracy Priest on Diamants Aurora and Joe Fernyhough aboard Calcourt Quicktime also returned as quick four-faulters to take fifth and sixth places.
Oliver Tuff, 15, outpaced all his older counterparts to take the top spot in the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter second round on Darino B.
Only 36 contended the first round with 11 coming forward to round two and six tackling the final jump-off. But quality was abound all all six produced treble clears to qualify for the Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh.
It was all about the clock for the top two HOYS tickets, and Oliver – who jumped in the pony newcomers final last year on Heartbreaker Express to finish 10th – found all the shortcuts on the Verdi/Burggraaf 10-year-old Darino to win by 2.34 sec.
Donald Whitaker guided Tom Williams’ seven-year-old mare Toki II (Cascall/Lortino)- a ride of just two months – into the second qualifying place.
Harry Bateman finished third on Anvils Every Little Helps with Laura Mantel on John and Laura Renwick’s MHS San Francisco in fourth ahead of Karl Robins aboard G Camille HBF and Michaela Webb filled sixth place on Stellar Skylight. These four get another crack at qualifying for the HOYS final in the Foxhunter Masters at Stoneleigh.
A young rider also dominated the area trial, Olivia Poole, 19, claiming the top two places with Corlando of Cavallini and Connery III.
Twenty-two contended the 12-fence 1.50m track with six reaching the jump-off, but Olivia held the aces with two rides and raced ahead on the Orlando 16-year-old Corlando and also filled second spot on the Corrado I 14-year-old Connery, 1.81 sec separating the two.
Rose Moss jumped the Ol Metta 11-year-old Carlos F into third with Helen Tredwell claiming fourth with the steadiest of the double clears on the eight-year-old Galtur. Oliver also featured here to take fifth with four faults on Idocus Van De Bisschop and Abbe Elliott (Burchmore Eames) finished sixth on Booming Blue Z.
Chris Franks headed day one’s 1.25/1.35m single-phase handicap from the bigger section on the nine-year-oldThe Megabyte/Goodtimes mare Mega Times with just 0.11 sec to spare. Ben Walker guided the Numero Uno 10-year-old Deezie-Katine Weering into second with Jordan Gann and Lakeland Dancer in third ahead of fourth-placed Will Fletcher aboard Evert.
Max Routledge topped day two’s hotly-contended 40-strong 1.25/1.35m from the smaller height section with Memphis V/D Vaart, the Elvis Ter Putter six-year-old claiming just 0.14 sec to spare. Just 0.53 sec separated the top five with Molly Chandler on the 10-year-old Rame Z daughter OBOS Delightful taking second ahead of Joe Fernyhough aboard Calcourt Fergus in third and Yazmin Davis in fourth and fifth with Zanbowa Z and Zilverster II.
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