Robert Murphy landed victory in the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter second round in the first of the 2019 season’s HOYS qualifiers with Highcross Violet at Richmond Equestrian Centre.
Forty-eight originally tackled course-designer Raf Suarez’s 12-fence track with 11 gaining access to round two and five participating in the final jump-off to ensure a place in the Foxhunter masters at Stoneleigh’s National championships in August.
But the primary aim was the top two direct qualifying places to HOYS in this prestigious class and Robert proved the quickest on Violet, an eight-year-old mare owned jointly by Elizabeth Jackson and Peter Murphy, by 3.10 sec.
Ben Raistrick bagged the second qualifying place on the Up To Date/Cavalier seven-year-old Heaven Can Wait E. Paul Barker missed out on HOYS by 0.93 sec and had to settle for third on Green Grass, but more than made up for it the newcomers second round. Sophie Fawcett posted a treble clear with Billy Jackson for fourth and Phoebe Powell slotted Kelly Lad II into fifth spot on 12 faults.
Paul dominated the Connollys Red Mills newcomers second round, scooping the top two qualifying HOYS places with two British-bred horses.
Seventy initially contended this popular class but the first two rounds quickly whittled them down to just three for the final jump-off. And although a final treble clear did not materialise, Paul came home on four faults with each of his rides to take the top two places, winning on the Indoctro/Quirifino Quainton Z six-year-old Strides Maureen and taking second aboard the Luidam/Grandeur seven-year-old Green Grass, more than eight sec separating the two.
It didn’t go to plan for Ellen Whitaker and Hulahupe JR and finished in third place. Simon Buckley picked up one frustrating time fault in round two on Millfield Counterfeit for fourth and Charlotte Ash also gets another qualifying chance in the newcomers masters at Stoneleigh, with fifth spot on Calini II, the fastest four-faulter in the second round.
Paul was also in the top spot of day one’s 1.30m with Sovereign Equestrian’s Happy Boy, the Kannan 12-year-old flying ahead of his 21 rivals to take the win by 1.30 sec. Millie Allen guided Catara 4 into second with Annabel Shields on Capriole II in third ahead of Charlotte Ash’s Ideal III in fourth.
Millie topped the second day’s 1.40m with Quinu Du Pravia. Sixteen of the 35 starters came forward to the jump-off with Millie and the Actionbreaker 10-year-old crossing the finish line with half a sec to spare. Ailsa Black eased Zara Zing into second with James Smith filling third and fourth places on Simply Splendid and The Black Flyer. Ellen Whitaker took fifth on Diola and Charlotte Arnold finished sixth on Leestone Blue Voltet.
Charlotte scored a double with a 1.20m win aboard the Mr Chips/Glennridge 16-year-old Gibside Queen Bee, denying Millie another win by almost 10 sec riding Double M Quality. Charlotte also claimed the Scope 1m novice qualifier with the Darco/Calimero seven-year-old Olympic Silver.
Christina Kenyon was another double winner in the final day’s 1.30m and Foxhunter. Seven of the 25 starters reached the jump-off of the 1.30m with Christina forging ahead on the 12-year-old Temple Calypso stallion Calypso’s Rampant Million to win with 1.06 sec in hand. Paul had to settle for second on this occasion with Lux Fabulous and Annabel Shields slotted Rubin VHS into third. Holly Miller claimed fourth on Felicio III with Chris Smith in fifth aboard Luigi III and Amy Duncan finished sixth on Adagio II.
Christina’s second win came in the Foxhunter/1.20m with the six-year-old FVS Stakkato Costa Million, the from the Foxhunter section winning with 0.59 sec in hand. Jessica McNally rode Whitegates Miss Petty Cash into second and claimed sixth spot on Cartino III. Holly Miller was third and fifth on Arbitrage and Notis Me, sandwiching Antonio Marinas Soto into fourth on Mylord MW.
Jessica scored her own victory double. The Cash Point nine-year-old Miss Petty Cash came to the fore in the 1.20m for Jessica with 0.65 sec in hand over Kerstin Deakin’s Assandra. And Jessica topped the newcomers on the 11-year-old Whitegates Power Pack with more than four sec to spare over Antonio on IEP.
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