Beth Vernon executing a decisive, flying round on Pewit Dezoito to take the top HOYS spot in the Connolly’s Red Mills newcomer second round at South View Equestrian Centre.
A total of 104 initially bid for the two HOYS tickets with course-designer Gillian Milner skilfully reducing them down to 30 for the second round using distance technicalities in her 12-fence track.
An eventual 13 came through to the jump-off, but clears were not as easy to come by and no clean rounds were evident as fifth-draw Beth entered the ring. Nonetheless, with another eight following behind her, she set a sizzling standard on the scopey grey Pewit Dezoito, easily executing the tight turns over the twisting track.
“I’ve never ridden such an easy, careful horse, he’s so light on his feet and has such a good brain,” said Beth, who only meets Sue Davies’ home-bred six-year-old by Billy Twomey’s former top ride A Pikachu De Muze – known as Pikap in the ring – and out of Billy’s former Puissance winner Wertherroshen.
“I just turned up today in my car to ride him, I ride him when Billy is away.”
In the event, only one other treble clear was produced, Nicole Kershaw taking the second qualifying place on Millie Bush’s Concert Z.
The Candillo Z/Kojak eight-year-old was purchased by Millie from Alan Fazakerley 12 months ago but now Millie is off to University he is for sale with Nicole taking the ride under Alan’s guidance.
“He’s the kindest, sweetest horse but has the heart of a lion,” said Nicole, 18.
Allan Birch beat the winning time on Parkmore Rowan but tapped out a rail to drop to third. George Whitaker on Shooting Star and Chris Smith with Flaming Du Pravia also came home on four to take fourth and fifth and gain a second qualifying chance in the newcomer masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, in August.
Seven six-year-olds posted treble clears in the Prestige Italia Big Star competition to guarantee a finalist place in the National six-year-old championship at Stoneleigh. They were – Rhys Jones on No Limit V (Quidam De Ravel/Couleur Rubin), Daisy McKinlay aboard Darjeeling Desir (Mozart Des Hayettes/Gabyscion), Nathan Bull on Celesta VD Helle Z (Contadoro Van De Helle/Polidiktus Van De Helle), Simon Buckley’s Millfield Counterfeit (Cooper VD Heffinck/Contender), Caroline Ravenscroft with Nepal VD Withoeve (Flamingo-K/Ahorn Z), Katie Pytches on Newton DB (I’m Special De Muze/Canturo) and Brett Kenyon riding McQueen IV (Cobra/Caretano Z).
Faye Adams topped the initial 1.30m with a speedy round on the Quasimodo Z 11-year-old Demograaf, claiming a 0.66 sec advantage over Charlotte Ash in second on the Der Senaat 111 11-year-old Ideal III. Nicholas Williams finished third on ELO II with Charlotte Flack and Calcourt Fergus in fourth ahead of fifth-placed Nathan Bull aboard Kabab Fravanca.
Adrian Whiteway netted the second 1.30m on Anytime II with 1.85 sec to spare over Corinne Collins aboard Dolores P. Adam Ellery finished third on Fairway and Emma Slater took fourth on Ruxton Hullabalou.
Morgan Henderson topped Saturday’s under 18/21-year-old with 0.65 sec to spare on the Luidam nine-year-old SSH Leagh. Georgia Cabb claimed second on Uragan with Angel Tough in third aboard Callumbus.
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