“He’s awesome and has such a big stride, he’s smooth and he just eats the ground,” said Angie Thompson after claiming her first win at HOYS in the grade C final with Fremont VDL.
Seven of the original 26 competitors got through to the final stages with Chipping Camden, Cotswolds based Angie claiming two of the rides.
Her first one, the lesser experienced Flint K, made a mistake at the double as they chased early leader Allana Clutterbuck on Vykinbay. There was no error second time out.
“I made the cock-up in the double but ‘Monty’ has more experience and is so genuine and straightforward,” said Angie, who admitted she was more cautious to the last vertical – “I was holding thinking ‘Don’t go, stay off it!’”
The Bacardi VDL/VDL Silverstone nine-year-old owned by Eleri Perry joined Angie three and a half years ago at newcomers level, jumped in the HOYS newcomers final in 2017 and the HOYS grade C last year.
“He’s jumped here before which really helps as some horses find it daunting on their first time in that arena but he's so consistent - he’ll have a good holiday now,” added Angie, who was joined by an entourage of approximately 25 people and was off to celebrate.
Allana had to settle for second with Vykinbay 0.61 sec in arrears and Sam ward rode Romany into third. Gillian Anderson supplied the steadiest of the double clears for fourth on JJ’s Prince Chaccomo. The last fence fell for joint Talentseekers winners Jay Halim and Aragon Z to drop them from second to fifth, Paul Barker and Green Grass finished sixth and Angie was seventh on Flint K.
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