Nicole Pavitt finished Pyecombe young horse festival on a high with victory in the area trial to pocket £1,000 with her home-bred Paris 16.
Six riders contended the jump-off – although a further three had left all the fences up but returned on time faults only. Ther was no danger of that with Nicole, and she outpaced all on the Don VHP Z/Quo Vadis eight-year-old mare to win by 0.45 sec. Miles O’Donnell slotted the 12-year-old Borsato into second with Joe Fernyhough and Calcourt Quicktime in third with the steadiest of the double clears. Michael Duffy slotted into fourth on Mafia with Lauren Edwards fifth aboard Ella Sandra G and Sally Goding filled sixth spot on Corbeagh Luxor.
Harry Bateman had a week to remember with a double victory in the 62-horse Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter second round and the six-year-old grand prix.
He claimed his HOYS place in the coveted Foxhunter final in a hot 18-horse jump-off with Anvils Every Little Helps, the 10-year-old Astral 53 mare claiming a 1.43 sec advantage. Alice Palmer joins him in the final with the Luidam/Ard VDL Douglas eight-year-old Essenar Crixius with second place.
Six double clears were produced with those in third to sixth places – Lucy Townley on Billy Tennessee, Josh Hutchins with Billy Quids In, Tracy Priest on Diamants Aurora and Michaela Webb on her 2018 newcomer finalist Amarillo FSH – claiming Foxhunter masters places at the National Championships and another HOYS qualifying chance.
Harry topped the six-year-old grand prix with Zuniek VD Tojopehoeve Z, the Zirocco Blue VDL/Calvados mare finishing 2.29 sec ahead of William Rekert aboard Hot Bluebird (Plot Blue/Heartbreaker). Gaspard Renaud Maksud claimed third on Cabri Louvo with Nicole in fourth aboard Gisele D’Ecaussinnes and Lauren on Breit Star fifth.
Luke Hill dismissed any pressure to head the 74-strong Connollys Red Mills newcomer second round on Billy Stud’s home-bred Billy Galleon.
An eventual 15 contended the third and final jump-off with Luke and the Billy Congo/Nimmerdor six-year-old taking the top spot by 1.04 sec. Alex Hempleman is also off to HOYS with second place on the six-year-old Jalil/Fabriano mare Jalanna. Six treble clears were realised with third-placed Max Routledge on Memphis V/D Vaart missing out on HOYS by just 0.23 sec. However, he takes a newcomer masters place at Stoneleigh with another chance to qualify alongside fourth-placed Tim Davies on Holiday VD Hazelhof, Ruby Fryer in fifth with Hallmark and Jessie Drea’s Amazon JD.
Two stallions with Pacino/Cruising bloodlines claimed the top two places in the five-year-old grand prix by the narrowest of margins. Tim Page eased ahead on the promising Hillcoote Border Fox – also winner of a newcomers – with just 0.03 sec over Louise Simpson and Creevy Pacino Cruise. Nathan Bull clinched third spot on Night Vision DV with Ronnie Jones on Interstar B in fourth and Harry Whall in sixth on Kings Borough Kasper.
Jessie Drea claimed the initial 1.40m with the 13-year-old Touchdown stallion Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars with a 1.42 sec advantage over Tim Page’s Quintender eight-year-old Quick Quintender.
Ben Walker headed the penultimate day’s 1.30m with the Numero Uno 10-year-old Deezie-Katine Weering with 0.70 sec over Nici Wilson’s Verdi/Heartbreaker 11-year-old Naomi 55 in second. Louise Pavitt guided Felix X into third.
A typically speedy Leesa Long commandeered multiple wins. She claimed two 1.30m victories, racing ahead to win on the Malito De Breve/Quick Star 14-year-old Saber – also winner of three 1.20m classes here – over husband and wife team Tim and Alicia Page in second and third on Casanova 499 and Ulievka De Breve.
The Padinus/Lester 12-year-old Britannicus posted Leesa’s other 1.30m win with two sec to spare over Louise Simpson and the Unaniem 11-year-old Cognac IV. David Simpson netted third on Carpe Diem Z.
Leesa claimed four wins on the consistent Rouaddi Entina, including the Tacklockers.com novice, a British novice, discovery and equal first in the four-year-old grand prix. And Leesa also triumphed in a 1.10m with the Cavalier Royale 19-year-old LVS No Doubt.
Helen Rees notched up a hat-trick, taking a newcomer win on the Statinus/Balou Du Rouet five-year-old Bianca Du Rouet, topping a 1.10m with the 16-year-old Maximo Des Forets and also heading a British novice with the Silvio I four-year-old Smirnoff AP Silvio.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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