Jay Halim is off to HOYS with Aragon Z

Just one week after winning the area trial at Wales and West, Jay Halim topped the HOYS grade C at Herts County to ensure of a place at the Birmingham final with Aragon Z.

Forty-one contended a 12-fence track designed by Peter Gillespie with 10 in the jump-off bidding for the three HOYS places. In the event, only three double clears were produced to fill the qualifying places, Jay and the Belgian-bred eight-year-old winning by 0.36 sec.

“He’s a trier and will dig deep for you,” said Jay on the grey gelding owned by Duncan and Barbara Arthurs and bought from Graham and Tina Fletcher two years ago.

David McPherson slotted the Falco/Game Boy eight-year-old Marvin Van De Waterhoeve into second and Alison Barton claimed the final HOYS place aboard Gaye Hartley’s eight-year-old mare Billy Rembrandt (Bilyl Congo/Kroongraaf).

William Rekert beat the winning time by more than two sec but the second element of the double fell to drop Hot Bluebird to fourth. Millie Dickinson finished fifth on Forever C and Ian Maye was sixth on Millfield Figaro.

Dan Delsart jumped to the top in the area trial with the Lordanos/Quilana 13-year-old Lord Quidam. Twenty-three tackled a 12-fence track with six coming forward to round two, Dan providing the fastest of four jump-off clears to win the £1,500 first prize by 0.56 sec.

Richard Barton eased the Ukato 11-year-old Donata into second with Phillip Miller and Brendon Stud’s 10-year-old Warrior/Casantos stallion Noble Warrior in third. Sally Goding jumped the steadiest of the double clears for fourth on Corbeagh Luxor while the penultimate rail fell for John Crippen and Basic to drop them into fifth. Adrian Speight also came home on four to take sixth with Millfield Baloney.

Ben Walker scored a double with 1.40m and 1.25m wins. The Indoctro/Pierrot nine-year-old Fygo Van D’Ouwe Grint came to the fore in the 16-strong 1.40m two-phase for Ben, flying into the top spot with almost four sec to spare. David McPherson again had to settle for second, this time riding Carl-Heinz B, with David Coombs-Gyde posting the only other clear for third on Freddie 55. Sam Ward took fourth on Troy III and Dale Burnham finished fifth with Doriena while Ben also picked up sixth aboard Warriors Crème.

Ben and the nine-year-old mare Warriors Crème (Warrior/Crème Van’t Steentje) had topped the initial 1.25m welcome stakes, posting a 0.72 sec victory in the 29-strong two-phase. Millie Dickinson eased Cairo Z II into second with Chris Whinnett on Joe Diamond in third. Jay was fourth on Dane Z with Michael Potter fifth aboard Haya Loma N.

Harry Bateman claimed a double victory on day two, winning the newcomers on the six-year-old Numero Uno daughter Namika NSH with 1.54 sec to spare over John Crippen’s Tamino HCT with Millie and Forever C in third. Harry’s second win came in the Foxhunter, the Bellagio eight-year-old Lex Lokoda winning by 0.87 sec. Ben took second with Creevy Pacino Cruise and Joe Maher rode Dons Gold into third.

Emma-Jo Slater was denied a double. She topped the 1.10m on Charlotte Steel’s Hamilton Tropics 12-year-old Milestone Gold with 1.20 sec in hand but had to settle for second in the 1.20m as Millie and the Coriano/Renville 15-year-old Cairo Z II sped ahead to win by 2.77 sec.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results

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