Birmingham, England – October 08, 2021 – Speed king Guy Williams (GBR) pressed the accelerator to secure a memorable victory in the £23,600 Thistledown Cup CSI 3* at the Horse of the Year Show. It was a case of sorcerer edging out the apprentice sorcerer as Williams pipped Lily Attwood (GBR), who is based at his yard near York, to take the top prize.
Six combinations made it through to the jump-off, and it looked as though Lily might have done enough on Cor-Leon VD Vlierbreek Z when they clocked 35.91 seconds.
Ireland’s David Simpson (IRL) was close behind on Equine America Billy Picador, but Guy Williams (GBR) piloted his vastly-experienced stallion Rouge de Ravel home in 34.92 to collect the top prize.
Guy said: “He is really fast, and he got the best draw. Me and Lily both know what each other do, and she made me work for it.
Winner’s Circle – Guy Williams (GBR)
“My horse is very fast – he is probably one of the fastest in the world when he gets going – and it really suited him today. He jumped so well. Lily is deadly in the ring. She takes chances where other people don’t. There is so much grit about her, and horses jump for her.”
Final Results – £23,600 Thistledown Cup CSI 3*
1) Guy Williams (GBR) & Rouge de Ravel – 0 / 0 – 34.92
2) Lily Attwood (GBR) & Cor-Leon Vd Vlierbeek Z – 0 / 0 – 35.91
3) David Simpson (IRL) & Equine America Billy Picador – 0 / 0 – 37.90
Source: Press Release from Horse of the Year Show
Photo: © HOYS / 1st Class Images