Unfortunately, Cosmo was a little excitable and had a pole in each round, so although he jumped really well, he was out of the placings in such a competitive field to finish 11th in the Novice (he also finished 11th in the Novice at Hand - my friend who finished 10th in front of him didn't even want to go to the final!!).
Acco came out the lorry a little stiff having XC schooled with his owner the day before and never came right. We put loads of rugs on him and just gently trotted him round in the hope that it was just stiffness, and he wasn't going to be ready for the novice. As he had already qualified for the Novice, there was no point risking jumping him, and after speaking to his owner, we decided to keep him warm and moving and see how he felt before his Open round; warm him up one fence at a time, jump him and if he had a pole down (and therefore wouldn't qualify), just pull him up. He jumped a beautiful round but had the wall at fence 9 down so I pulled him up although by this stage he felt fab.
I don't regret pulling him up as it was the right decision for the horse, but I was a little frustrated to see 3 double clears in the whole class! As such a careful, stylish jumper he was probably in with a real shot of qualifying, even with a pole, but nothing could be done and we made the right decision by him.