In an unusual result, the Addington Equestrian Talentseekers final ended with two winners as Tim Davies equalled Jay Halim’s time.
A testing 12-fence track reduced the 22 starters to four, the final line ending in a double and a midway oxer with musical themed wings heading towards hospitality causing the most problems and there were several hard-luck four-fault stories.
The onus was on the clock in round two as all four jumped clear again. Bex Mason set the standard on Team Crows Nest’s seven-year-old Vancurtis (Vangelis S/William Curtis), but Jay wiped 1.04 sec off the time with Aragon Z.
Paul Barker was penalty-free on his home-bred Luidam/Grandeur stallion Green Grass, and as he was slightly quicker than Bex, he claimed the Brightwells bonus to the highest placed seven-year-old.
All eyes were on last-to-go Tim and the deceptively quick Lionel Van De Markieslanden and he smoothly eased the Falco eight-year-old to cross the line in exactly the same time as Jay.
“I’m not at all gutted at tying for first place. I know my horse is quick but I probably went bit wider everywhere. I looked up at the clock [as I went through the finish] and knew we’d tied – Jay is the perfect person to share with,” said Tim.
“I grew up admiring Tim and watching him compete; it’s an honour to share,” he said.
Jay was delighted to win with Duncan Arthurs' Asca Z eight-year-old Aragon Z, who won the area trial at Wales and West earlier in the year and is also through to the grade C final after winning at Herts County.
“Winning at HOYS has been a childhood dream and I can finally tick that box. I was second in the HOYS grade C with Abrisco to Emma-Jo Slater and Lizziemary a few years ago and thought the same was going to happen again. To win is amazing but I really thought I’d left a gap,” he said. “I went a bit Farmer Giles and agricultural and took an extra stride to the double and thought Tim had got me.”
Tim has produced Lionel carefully and the pair contended last year’s Foxhunter final.
“He was a bit shell-shocked here last year - you never know how they are going to react in that arena and he's very careful - 12 months on he was much better. He’s been a tricky one but I knew he’d come right,” said Tim.
Paul finished third on Green Grass with Bex and Vancurtis in fourth.
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