For the first time ever, the first drawn rider in the Hickstead Derby went on to win the class and was rewarded with the £35,000 top prize.
Paul Beecher accepts his trophy after winning the Carpetright Derby with Loughnatousa W B at Hickstead - Photo credit: Samantha Lamb
Twenty-nine-year-old Irishman Paul Beecher said winning the Carpetright Derby with Loughnatousa W B is something he has “dreamed about since I was a little kid watching on television”.
Loughnatousa W B was bred by Paul’s family at their stud in Co Waterford, Ireland.
Twenty-four riders followed Paul Beecher’s clear, but it wasn’t until William Funnell and Dorada finally clocked up another clear round to guarantee a jump-off.
However, a second round clear for Paul put the pressure on William. The three-time former winner made it to the third fence before picking up four faults and retiring.
Also on the last day at Hickstead, Joe Whitaker and Carla De Balou won the Equimax Under 25 Masters. Joe, who was last to jump, was the only rider to go clear through both phases.
Sunday’s showing classes
In the showing classes, Deep Reflection was the winner of the Tattersalls/RoR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship with Helen Newbold. The 12-year-old was trained by Martin Keighley and won £25,000 during his racing career.
Carol Bardo’s The Humdinger, who was second in his class, was moved up to take the tricolour in the Supreme Coloured Horse Championship with Jayne Webber, while Robert Walker and Vantage Point – the lightweight hunter winners - won the Gray Horseboxes Supreme Hunter championship in Hickstead’s International Arena.
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