Scott Brash made up for his four faults in the jump-off of the Horse & Hound Foxhunter final when he and Senette galloped to victory in Friday afternoon’s BEIB Six-Year-Old Championship.
The 18-year-old Scotsman produced a fabulous round to head the class by 0.63sec from Paul Barker on another scopey mare, Sony Banta.
Another talented young man headed the Blue Chip Junior Newcomers. Matthew Sampson was out of luck in the opening day’s Foxhunter, but he bounced back with a great round on the lovely Nimmerdor mare, Stainsby Style.
The afternoon’s jumping class, the Dick Turpin Stakes, went to Belgium. Kristof Cleeren was too quick for his rivals on the Corofino mare Capriola Van De Helle, with Robert Maguire best of the Brits on the exciting Retreats Oakie Doakie.
Kristof is paying his first visit to HOYS and is thoroughly enjoying the experience.
“Everything is good about this show,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dutchman Leon Thijssen completed his international class double at HOYS when he and Nairobi took the £4,500 prize in the Golden Bear Classic.
After winning the earlier Vinopolis Stakes on Orlando LA, the 37-year-old produced a great round on his number one horse to reduce Robert Whitaker’s time on Ublesco by nearly 0.5sec.