Nicole Pavitt lands two HOYS tickets with a brand new ride
Nicole Pavitt was at her first show with a brand-new ride but that didn’t make her any less determined in the HOYS qualifiers and she claimed two prestigious tickets to the NEC with Southbound at Bicton Arena.
It was no mean feat as an initial 80 tackled course-designer Raf Suarez’s 12-fence HOYS Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter track with 23 making their way into round two and just six contending the jump-off. Three provided treble clears with Nicole guiding Matt Pike’s 11-year-old Southend into the top spot by 0.81 sec.
“I only sat on him for the first time in Thursday’s 1.30m and we nearly did the double,” said Nicole.
William Funnell landed the second direct qualifying place on Billy Spiral, a seven-year-old Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico mare produced until recently by Lucy Townley. Ben Bick was more than two sec slower for third on Moonraker with Julian Mincher’s DoubleM Chacco in fourth, Eliott Smith claimed fifth on Flamboyant III and Olli Fletcher finished sixth with Drewmain Cedric.
Nicole picked up her second HOYS ticket in the Connollys Red Mills newcomers second round, beaten only by Ronnie Jones aboard Interstar B.
The 78 starters were initially reduced to 15 for round two with an eventual nine surviving to tackle the jump-off. Ronnie forged ahead on the Dutch-bred six-year-old Interstar B (I’m Special De Muze/Ohorn VDL) to win by 0.24 sec, Nicole chasing hard to take second on Southend.
“I always believed he was a good one from the day we tried him as a green five-year-old,” said Ronnie, on Ruth and Ian Dowie’s six-year-old.
Four posted treble clears, Josh Hutchins taking third on Billy Alpen with Alice Watson’s Cloud No. 9 in fourth. Hayley Webster returned the fastest four faults for the fifth newcomers masters place at the National Champsionships on Cassilanda H Z.
Fresh from winning the HOYS Foxhunter at Wales and West, Laura Mantel and Sally Jobson-Scott’s ultra-consistent Muna VD Bisschop claimed a serious double just days later at Bicton with 1.40m and grand prix wins.
An original 51 contended the 1.40m grand prix with 13 coming forward to the jump-off, Laura and the Cornet Obolensky/Nabab De Reve seven-year-old flying into the top spot to win by 2.29 sec.
“She is so naturally quick and careful,” said Laura.
Six provided double clears with Adrian Whiteway the nearest rival on Anytime II. Mark Edwards guided Tinkers Tale into third ahead of fourth-placed Simon Buckley on Elia, Eoin Gallagher eased Davinci VD Bosrand Z into fifth and William Funnell filled sixth spot on Billy Kat.
Thirty-five tackled the 1.40m single-phase over 12 fences with Laura and Muna again galloping ahead to win by 0.43 sec. Joe Fernyhough slotted Calcourt Quicktime into second with William and Billy Kodak third. Sian Price was fourth on Adriarna ahead of Adrian with Cooley Network and John Daker’s Credit Card in fifth and sixth.
Eoin Gallagher jumped to the top in the area trial with Oakingham Stud’s Davinci VD Bosrand Z. Thirty-six started over the 1.50m track but only three initial clears were realised, and they were joined by one rider on one time fault and the fastest four-faulter for a five-horse decider, Eoin claiming two of the rides.
Two jumped double clear, British-based Irishman Eoin easing ahead on the nine-year-old Diamant De Semilly/Carthago Z stallion Davinci to take the £1,000 first prize by 1.12 sec from Keith Doyle on Darren Hegarty’s 13-year-old Harlequin Dunraven (Ard VDL Douglas/Harlequin Du Carel).
Jamie Wingrove rode new ride Radioactive II into third, jumping up the order with a jump-off clear after making one mistake in the first round. Mark Edwards was fourth on Montreuxs Tale and Eoin also picked up fifth with second ride Flugel M.
Paul Crago topped the 1.40m Derby Trial on Dawn Cooley’s Valentino IX over a 21-fence track, leaving every fence intact but incurring one time fault. It was still good enough to win. Keith finished on four faults for second on Harlequin Dunraven and Alfie Bradstock was third and fourth aboard H D’Or and Shiny Rose Z.
Alfie scored five wins over the four days at the popular Devon venue, the uber-consistent Grand Cru winning every day.
Alfie claimed four wins on the Lord Castell/Berlin eight-year-old Grand Cru I. The pair topped day one’s 1.20m with more than three sec in hand over Sarah Hedges and Millfield Verve in the 57-strong single-phase. Stevie Jenkins took third on Willem M with Hayley Webster fifth aboard Trevoulter Lady Utah and Julian Mincher was sixth on Calista III.
Alfie and Grand Cru stepped up to 27-horse 1.25m single-phase on day two to again take the win, on this occasion with 0.88 sec to spare. Stephen Mercer guided Forever Trooper into second with John Garton-Pope’s Eldorado Velvet in third, Angie Thompson was fourth on Cornet Obolensky Junior and Alfie was also fifth on second ride Shiny Rose Z.
On day three Alfie and Grand Cru raced to the top in the 108-strong 1.25m speed with an amazing 2.79 sec in hand over second-placed Hayley and Trevoulter Lady Utah. Angie and Cornet Ovolensky Junior finished third with Will Lewis fourth on Sawyer Lechante, Sammy Cotton took fifth on Juwel Girl and Ben Dunning filled sixth spot aboard Symphany.
Alfie didn’t slow down on the final day, Grand Cru again filling the top spot of the 1.25m single-phase with second ride Trezanti in second, 0.81 sec separating the two. Alice Watson was third on Fiasco TH, Emily Dewey took fourth on Isoblesse and Olivia Mawson claimed fifth with Gilka B.
Alfie also headed the last day’s 41-horse Smarter Training 1.20m speed on the 12-year-ld Lord Z daughter Concordette RR by 0.55 sec. Maggie Dunkley eased Ivonneke Chaude into second ahead of Georgia Cabb’s Uragan in third. Melissa Eagles was fourth on Axle VI ahead of Stevie Jenkins and Willem M and Adrian took sixth with Heathfield Merlin.
And Alfie’s sister Lily also got in on the act, winning day two’s 1.20m single-phase, holding off all 37 challengers to win by three sec on the 12-year-old Ceriska (King Kolibri/Voltaire). Mark Edwards steered Ragnars Orizzonte into second with Hayley and Lady Utah third ahead of Claire Daniels aboard El Paso PK in fourth. Stevie and Willem took fifth and Bryan Smith claimed sixth on Osprey Hookster.
Ollie Tuff scored a 1.30m double with Esgracia MB. A mammoth 110 entries bid for glory in day one’s single-phase, Ollie and the flying into the top spot by 0.15 sec. Adrian slotted After Dark Mullentine into second with Ay Ovens on F Palma in third ahead of Laura in fourth and sixth with Glory B V and Harmonia, sandwiching Sarah Hedges aboard Millfield Verve in fifth.
A total of 111 tackled day two’s 1.30m class with Ollie and Esgracia again proving unbeatable, scoring a 0.13 sec win over Adam Ellery’s Fairway. Alfie Bradstock rode Trezanti into third ahead of fourth-placed Laura and Miss Tangelo with Ben Bick in fifth on Galerius and sixth-placed John Daker aboard Bow House Red.
Alice Watson took the Shaw Farm Stud five-year-old title on her Welsh Masters champion Cintrix Du Ruisseau (Cinsey/Prince D’Incoville) in a 44-strong class with 1.66 sec to spare.
“She’s brave, genuine and careful,” said Alice.
James Wilson steered Floranche Z into second with Millie Cornock aboard Just Do It I in third. Olivia Skinner finished fourth on Jobijn and Tarka Abraham’s Ace Papaya took fifth.
Johnathan Bowman claimed the Shaw Farm Stud six-year-old title with Kingsman Equine’s Diavola Des Forets. Thirty-seven contended over a single-phase 12 fence course with Johnathan and the Kannan/Mr Blue mare winning by half a sec. Bethanie Knight guided Lupin II into second with Olivia Gent’s King Don third and Angie Thompson netted fourth aboard Nistria E. Johnathan also picked up fifth with day one’s newcomer winner Athriller.
Several riders claimed multiple wins. Jodie Richards and Drogeham claimed great success with four wins and a second. They headed two 90m classes, a 95cm and a 1m and finished second in another 90cm. Natalie Moore scored a hat-trick with Sunshine Spirit, topping two 1m classes and 1.05m. Claire Daniels and Olinka Van De Noordheuvel claimed a double with 1m and Scope 1m wins while Edward Eltham also posted a double victory, winning a 1.10m on Don Onyx and a newcomers aboard Oakfields Juniper Green.
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