It has to be said that having had most of Tim Price’s young horse rides balloted from Farley it was slightly ignominious that he had to return on Sunday with a couple of Jonelle’s rides that she had handed over. Tayla Mason had the ride on Fernhill Kankan and after a nice test and a slight disagreement in the showjumping over the direction of travel they went nicely cross country for a clear. Full Monty de Lacence had been balloted but Tim picked up catch rides Gurtera Jimmy Clover (Jimmy) and Cooley Seeing Magic ( Guthrie).
Jimmy is probably a bit more Tim size than Jonelle’s and he obliged with a 28 test, a clear over the poles and finished 1 second over the optimum time to cede first place and end up in 2nd. To put this in perspective however the difference between 1st and 2nd prize money was a whopping £1 so I am not too sure anyone is bothered.
Guthrie is also a big lad and he and Tim didn’t exactly see eye to eye for a 33 dressage but a rail and another 1 second over time made them bond a bit. And just to complete a day of near misses Nuances de Jarsay ( Frenchie) went double clear in his novice section to finish 5th….when the prize Money went to 4th.
Its all good though as we are saving our wins for Tokyo…..obviously!