Guy Williams wins Hickstead speed derby

28 June - Guy Williams and Casper De Muze (pictured) jumped the fastest of only 3 clear rounds to win the Bunn Leisure British Speed Derby on Saturday afternoon at Hickstead.

It was an incredibly professional performance from the British team rider, who was chasing an extremely quick time set by Harriet Nuttall.

“He lost a shoe after the road fence, but I don’t think that lost us too much time,” said Guy, who last won this class 10 years ago.

This was the Belgian-bred Casper’s first Derby-type class, but Guy had no worries.

“He won in La Baule and Lummen, so I knew he liked a big grass arena,” he said.

Harriet Nuttall was delighted with her Irish-bred Silver Lift, who finished 2nd.

“He’s only little, so he doesn’t have the length of stride of the other horses, but he does have a great engine,” she said,

Penultimate-drawn Matthew Sampson managed to beat the time on Christine Spanner’s Top Flight True Carlo, but the slightest touch at the gate meant 4sec was added to his time and he ended up in an honourable 3rd place.

source .