Nicole Pavitt continued her recent domination of the Connolly’s Red Mills Senior Newcomers Championship with a stylish performance at the Horse of the Year Show. Just two combinations – Sussex-based Nicole on her mother Sandra’s HC Cornet and Adam Botham, riding Jerome Du Luot – went clear in round one from 22 starters.
Nicole then set a time of 48.51 seconds, but although Adam jumped more than a second quicker, he agonisingly had the final fence down. Mark Edwards and Montreuxs Tale, one of seven four-faulters, finished third.
Nicole’s latest triumph followed victories in 2012 and 2014, and she has predicted a bright future for the seven-year-old bay gelding.
“I have been very lucky in this class,” she said. “This one (victory) was probably the most stressful; with just the two of us through to the jump off, I was determined to jump clear and put the pressure on Adam, and luckily it worked in my favour. It feels different in a two horse jump-off, but I have previously been in a similar position and jumped first then went on to win, so it must be my lucky spot!
“I think he [HC Cornet] is going to be a superstar, a grand prix horse for sure. I got him in April – he had only jumped two 1.10metre classes beforehand – so he is very green in terms of his career. Coming here I didn’t really know what to expect, but he has so much talent that I knew if I could get him relaxed, he was going to jump clear.
“The first horse I won it on I ended up jumping four-star grands prix, and the second one I won it on is jumping five-star grands prix with me, and I have still got her. Hopefully, he [HC Cornet] follows in her footsteps.”
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