A mare in foal to World Champion dressage horse Totilas has arrived at Andrew Gould’s West Sussex yard.

Babyface, a black four-year-old graded mare by UB40, was bought at the Equine Elite Auction in Holland in October for an undisclosed figure by Natasha Mitchell.

The horse arrived earlier this week and Andrew told H&H she has settled in well.

“She seem very happy,” he said. “She is a beautiful looking mare and I can’t wait to see what she produces — I am very excited. The foal is due on 28 April — which is also my oldest son’s birthday.”

But Andrew’s wife Polly tells H&H the rider has come down with swine flu.

“He is so ill poor thing. He missed Olympia on Wednesday night where he was meant to host a private box and also missed competing today (17 December) which was his last chance to qualify for some classes for the winter championships,” she said.