Tough competition for the title at Hickstead
By Imogen Johnson
15 June 2012 11:53
We're a week away from the British Jumping Derby Meeting at Hickstead (20-24 June) and last year’s runners up look set to battle it out for the top spot.
Britain’s Ronnie Healy, who left all the fences standing in the 2011 Carpetright Derby last year but received four faults when his horse Carlow Cruiser napped and reared at the entrance to the International Arena, is no doubt hoping to make amends this year and take the £35,000 top prize - as will be Ireland’s David O’Brien and Shane Breen.
One of the favourites to win is our very own Guy Williams, whose record in the class is hugely impressive. He was second last year on Richi Rich III, and won the year before on Skip Two Ramiro – both horses are entered at the meeting, so Guy is definitely one to watch.
The full start list for the Carpetright Derby will be available from Saturday 23 June, though the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial should indicate some of the other names to look out for – the top 35 horses will all qualify for Sunday’s main event.
This year’s British Jumping Derby Meeting has attracted a strong field of British and international riders across all four days of the show. Nick Skelton, Britain’s number one, is due to bring his Olympic prospect Big Star to the All England Jumping Course, while Britain’s number two Ben Maher – also a likelihood for the Olympic squad – is also entered. Entries also include a contingent of the famous Whitaker family, including Joe, Steven and William, plus former Olympian Geoff Billington.
Daily admission tickets start from just £8, with concessions available for children and senior citizens. Advanced tickets will be on sale until Friday 15 June, and then will be available on the gate on each day of the show.
For more information visit www.hickstead.co.uk