Riding the aptly-named ‘Glenavadra Brilliant’, William Whitaker won the Hickstead Derby. The British rider who was 24th to go in the field of 34 competitors produced a clear round just over the optimum time to collect one time fault that no other combination could replicate. Having finished third with this horse in 2014 and second in 2015, the 26-year-old Brit took home GBP 37,000 in prize money.
William is now the third member of the Whitaker show jumping dynasty to win the Hickstead Derby. His uncles, John and Michael, have both won Hickstead’s most famous class four times, and now William’s name will join theirs on the Boomerang Trophy. Harriet Nuttall, Richard Howley and Billy Twomey shared the runners-up spot as they all had one fence down. Reflecting on his victory, a delighted Whitaker said, “It's one of the classes I've always really really wanted to win. My horse is always knocking on the door, having been second here as well as at several other derbies in Europe, so I’m pleased to finally get the win today”.