Tim Davies makes a return to HOYS on Lionel Van De Markieslanden after heading a hotly-contended HOYS talentseekers at Weston Lawns.
David Cole’s 12-fence track contained several questions demanding scope, care and rideability and reduced the 129 starters to 25 for the jump-off and only six came home with second clears as riders chased the clock. Tim was quickest of them all on the naturally-quick eight-year-old Lionel (Falco/Apollo Van Het Lindebos) a HOYS Foxhunter finalist last year.
“I wasn’t going like a lunatic but every turn a stride was there, sometimes it is just your day and he made it feel easy, they jump off this surface well,” said Tim, after claiming the class by half a sec.
Jay Halim netted second on Neil and Louise O’Hara’s Gentle, a Numero Uno/Heartbreaker eight-year-old he considers “inexperienced but a future star.”
John Ellis, 19, who fits in his showjumping between an electrician apprenticeship, jumped into the third qualifying spot on Ashdale Luison.
“He’s so easy and has been such a good horse for me,” said John, who has ridden the Luidam/Hinault 13-year-old for almost three years.
Danielle Cuomo finished fourth on Quality Street III but just missed out on HOYS as the seven-year-old qualifying place was awarded to Michael Potter and his consistent Haya Loma N, the Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Lupicor seven-year-old and winner of last year’s Big Star national six-year-old title.
Adam Botham was also clear to take sixth with his standard-setting round on Enrico.
Kerry Brennan hit form with the effusive Wellington M, claiming a double of wins. The pair topped the accumulator to pocket the £500 first prize before going on to take victory in the feature 1.45m grand prix.
“He’s had an easy time since we jumped in Spain before Christmas and it takes him a while to get back to fitness, this is great news, he’s back to form,” said Kerry, who used her final draw in the five-horse decider to take the grand prix by 1.38 sec.
Dale Burnham guided the 11-year-old Cardento/Goodtimes mare Doriena into second with Nigel Coupe’s opening clear on Mystic Independence finishing third. Helen Tredwell eased Larksong into fourth place and Elizabeth Power took fifth with Doonaveeragh O One.
Elizabeth and O One outpaced all in the initial 1.40m, the High Roller 18-year-old claiming the win by just 0.06 sec to push Pal Barker and Dalton W into second. Harry Bateman netted third with Granby with Holly Smith on Claddagh Iroko in fourth ahead of Louise Saywell’s Carolus K in fifth and sixth-placed Pippa Allen on her B and C winner Diola.
Carron Nicol secured the other B and C on offer with the Nonstop eight-year-old Nistria V/D Winning Z, relegating Jay and Gentle into second with Jake Saywell in third aboard Lukas Van De Kievitsdriesen.
Jake claimed first and third in the 1.30m with 0.87 sec to spare on the Out Of Touch/Diamond Chin 15-year-old Touch of Chilli. He slotted Havinia Van De Roshoeve into third, sandwiching Derek Morton into second on Beech Leys. Bumble Thomas finished fourth on Ciandro and Ryan Lockwood rode Twinning Hill into fifth.
Storm Hannah played havoc with the schedule on Saturday and although a couple of early classes in both rings took place, by 10am it was decided between the organisers, judges and stewards to postpone the other classes – including the Big Star six-year-old qualifier – to the following day due to safety reasons.
David Cole’s 10-fence track – which finished over open water – realised a total of 10 treble clears from a startlist of 56. Thirty-two initially posted clears with 23 double clears going forward into the final round.
The 10 now qualified for the Big Star final at Stoneleigh’s British Showjumping National Championships are:
Stevie Crosby on Truevela Blue (Don VHP Z/Manhattan), Carron Nicol with Damian II (Vleut/Indoctro) and Vistogrand (Fantaland/Mr Visto), Daisy McKinlay on Darkside Desir (L’Arc De Triomphe Z/Jazz Band Courcelle), Ben Raistrick and Its Comming (Carambole/Karlstad), Emma Hyslop-Webb with In A Hurry(Dallas VDL/Ultimo), Helen Tredwell on Iowenna (Denzel VT Meulenhof/Monaco), John Steels with Idwerd (Dexter R/Vaillant), Jay Buxton’s No Fear Van Jonckhoeve (Sandro Boy/Nagano) and Tasmin Conyers aboard Westlife (Don VHP Z/Classiker I)).
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