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Harriet Biddick and Silver Carry bidding for fourth velocity Derby success


  • Showjumper Harriet Biddick made headlines final yr when footage of her leaping Hickstead’s velocity Derby on Silver Carry and not using a bridle went viral.

    The Somerset rider and her Irish sport horse missed out on the prospect to turn out to be the primary mixture to win the category 4 instances after that dramatic tack mishap, however Harriet is again after the beginning of her second little one Oliver in December to make one other record-breaking try on this yr’s velocity Derby along with her now 19-year-old Hickstead hero.



    Harriet Biddick and Silver Carry, who racked up their velocity Derby hat-trick with high-octane victories in 2016, 2019 and 2022, warmed up for this yr’s Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Assembly (20-23 June) with a win at her native Tub and West Present in Shepton Mallet final weekend (30 Could-1 June).

    “He feels actually good,” Harriet instructed H&H. “I’m solely doing a number of reveals with him. Izzy, who rides for me at residence, has jumped a number of reveals simply so he’s been out doing fine details.”

    Harriet Biddick and Silver Carry: essentially the most profitable mixture in velocity Derby historical past

    “I wished to convey him to Tub and West for a run on grass and we’ll go to Royal Cornwall after which we’ll intention for the velocity Derby,” stated Harriet, who was on course for a fourth win on Hickstead’s hallowed turf when Silver Carry misplaced his bridle after the Irish financial institution final yr, dramatically leaping via the triple of planks with none steering.

    “I received’t have the hackamore on him this time, I’ll experience him within the three-ring!” she stated.

    Harriet’s horses are simply returning to full health after she had Oliver. She didn’t take them on any excursions this spring, however the horses appeared to enhance because the present went on.

    “The bottom was sticky the primary day and Evening Of Glory discovered it a bit squishy, it was taking her soar away a bit,” she stated.

    “Within the trial she had a few drained poles in direction of the top of the course however she was again to herself within the grand prix and was actually sport for it, whereas she’d felt a bit of bit rusty. The bottom had dried out and was nice.”

    Harriet can be hoping the 20-year-old A Contact Imperious, with whom she has completed second within the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby an unimaginable 5 instances, would possibly make a return to Hickstead this yr after a minor setback 12 months in the past.

    You possibly can learn the complete report from Tub and West Present on this week’s Horse & Hound journal, within the outlets Thursday 6 June and we’ll convey you all of the information of Harriet Biddick’s record-breaking velocity Derby try on the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby assembly this month.

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