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First HOYS win for delighted rider in Thistledown Cup


  • A younger rider who has been second at Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS) “in nearly each class” mentioned it was a dream consequence to lastly safe one of many coveted purple rugs.

    Lily Attwood received the Thistledown Cup rating class on Karibou Horta almost 4 seconds forward of Angelie von Essen and Daniel.

    The 20-year-old, who represented Britain on the Nations Cup Ultimate workforce final week with Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z, was the quickest clear within the first spherical, from which the highest eight went by means of to the jump-off. The second spherical ran in reverse order, so she was final to go and knew the time she needed to beat.

    And though Ellen Whitaker and Equine America Spacecake had been clear within the jump-off a second and a half sooner than Lilly, their 4 faults carried by means of from spherical one meant they completed fourth, with Commandant Geoff Curran and Glengarra Wooden third.

    “I’ve been second right here six or seven occasions, in most likely each pony class, so to lastly get a win is actually particular,” Lilly mentioned.

    “I had 100% religion in my horse; he’s very cautious and he jumps higher with a bit extra engine and velocity, so I went how he desires to go and it paid off.”

    Lilly has been driving her mom Emmy’s 12-year-old Landor S x For Pleasure gelding for a few years, however he had a break final winter, and has had a quieter yr whereas he was introduced as much as full health, and whereas Lily stepped up her different prime rides.

    “So he got here right here recent and able to soar,” she mentioned. “He’s very sharp and spooky so I’ve to go in there 100% assured in myself or he’ll really feel it.

    “It’s each rider’s dream to win a kind of purple rugs and go down the centre line.”

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