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Allan Clutterbuck on Temple Bonte Lola and Simon Nicholson riding Marcolas G won the first two tickets to this year’s Horse & Hound Foxhunter Championship after a hard-fought competition at Unex Towerlands.

Claire Robertson finished third on her scopey chestnut Rhodos. Matt Sampson, 17, came close on the tiny Chianti Classico, as did Tim Gredley on Toklund and Ben Maher on Quainton Quirifino Z, but all missed out on their HOYS places this time.

Simon Nicholson went on to finish top in Sunday’s Petplan Newcomers semi-final to claim another qualification, this time with Abdullah Verdi. Second place went to Julian Mincher on Taureaux. Irishman Anthony Condon finished third on the lovely mare Ballade.

Read this report in full in Horse & Hound (14 June, ’07)