Ben Bick is off to HOYS after topping a mammoth Talentseekers with Carron Nicol’s Galerius at Addington Equestrian.
A total of 97 initially chased after the four HOYS tickets on offer over a 13-fence track designed by Phil Ashworth and 21 survived to come forward to the jump-off. But clears were in short supply in round two and only two came home with a clean sheet. Ben proved the quickest, just edging ahead on the Diamant De Semilly/Sandro’s Boy eight-year-old stallion to win by 0.33 sec.
"Ben rode two fantastic rounds and put Galerius back on top. it has been a lot of hard work to find the right bit and getting Galerius to come under orders but the hard graft has been worth it," said Carron.
Jay Halim claimed his second HOYS pass on the Beglian-bred eight-year-old Aragon Z – the pair are already through to the grade C final after winning at Hertfordshire County.
The first part of the penultimate double caught out the next three riders as they also fought to get to HOYS. Ben Walker slotted the eight-year-old Titan II (Marius Claudius/Corrado I) into third. The double certainly proved a bogey for Michaela Webb and she finished in fourth and fifth on the eight-year-old Stellar Skylight and the Conthargos seven-year-old Amarillo FSH, Skylight missing out on the HOYS qualification as a seven-year-old must take a HOYS place.
Holly Smith forged ahead in the 1.40m with Claddagh Iroko. Three of the 11 starters contended the jump-off with James Davenport claiming two of the rides. However, he had to concede to Holly and the 12-year-old Iroko as they raced ahead into the top spot with 1.52 sec in hand. James provided the only other double clear on One Endeavour and finished third with Chablis ET on four faults.
James topped the initial 20-horse B and C handicap on One Way IV – an Arko/Gasper eight-year-old and full brother to John Whitaker’s Argento – with 0.26 sec to spare over Emma McGlynn on Wonder If with Angelie von Essen in third aboard Happiness DK Z. And Will Fletcher headed the second B and C with the Canaye 11-year-old Sam W with a 1.69 sec advantage over Stephen Mercer in second on Happyness 44.
Chloe Reynolds claimed day two’s 13-entry 1.35m – changed to a single-phase because of the heat – with more than four sec in hand on the speedy eight-year-old Grenadier Volo (Numero Uno/Quidam De Ravel). Paul Crago guided June Hof Ter Zeedycke into second and Jess Dimmock picked up third and fourth Cybel II and Billy In Fashion.
Karl Robins came to the fore in the concluding 1.35m on G Camille HBF. Seven of the 24 starters reached the jump-off with Karl and the Zirocco Blue VDL/Cassini I eight-year-old claiming almost three sec in hand over Josie Symons and the 10-year-old Duffy II – the only other double clear. Olli Fletcher hit the second part of the double for third on Evert with Georgia Tame's Clintofino II fourth and Will Fletcher was fifth on Everytime Anywhere B.
Victoria Attwood scored a double with the Guidam 21-year-old Villeneuve, taking both 1.10m classes – the first with more than a second in hand over Saskia Strickland’s Del Conca and the last with more than two sec to spare over Philippa Wratten on Don D.
Locally based Helen Tredwell claimed three of the top four Foxhunter places, winning on New Priory Stud’s Denzel VT Meulenhof/Monaco six-year-old Iowenna, taking second on the Luidam/Elanville six-year-old Luikan with 0.89 sec separating the two and fourth aboard NPS Supernova, sandwiching Mattie Lanni’s Dream Du Toultia Z into third.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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