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Friday, September 03, 2010  •  18:30 BST

Shadow Boxer ridden by Ben Hobday, winner of the Burghley Young Event Horse final

Shadow Boxer ridden by Ben Hobday, winner of the Burghley Young Event Horse final


Lancashire based Ben Hobday, a former British Young Rider team gold medallist, had some compensation for having to withdraw Guna Be Good from the main competition when winning the four-year-old Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse Final with Shadow Boxer. “It’s not been a good week up till now,” said Ben who owns the good looking German-bred gelding by the Quidam de Revel son Quidams Rubin. Bought last year by Ben in Germany he is now owned in partnership with Dawn Grundy.
Shadow Boxer won two qualifiers on his way to the final where he particularly impressed ‘conformation and type’ judge Lady Howick who awarded the brown gelding a full 15/15 and Christopher Bartle who awarded full marks, 10/10, for suitability and potential. “I was quite hopeful for him here but you can never afford to be too confident with a four-year-old but he did a great job and just took me to the fences,” said Ben.

The British-bred mare Calista was second with Rosalind Canter in the saddle. The mare was bred by her owners Christine and Kathleen Walsh and produced by former BYEH winner Judy Bradwell who also helps Ben Hobday. Calista is by the Holstein Contendro out of the British-bred mare Atalanta by Atlantus who evented with JP Sheffield. Calista is the fourth foal for the mare who has produced three by Mayhill including Matchplay who was sold to America and been successful for international rider Phillip Dutton.

Caroline Powell took time away from the main competition to be placed third with Linda Wilkinson’s Kurumba, by the renowned Irish jumping sire Cruising, who is by Sea Crest also the sire of Lenamore with Caroline is currently second in the four-star competition.

1) Shadow Boxer – by Quidams Rubin (B Hobday) 90.5
2) Calista – by Contendro (R Canter) 89.0
3) Kurumba – by Criusing (C Powell) 84.5
4) Maybe This Time II – by Primmore’s Pioneer (S Bullimore) 84.0
5) Billy Pastime – by Billy Congo (P Funnell) 82.0
6) Billy My Star – by Billy Congo (H Wilson) 79.0