Daniel Moseley, 21, has become only the second gentleman rider to land the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
“It feels a bit surreal at the minute, but fantastic,” said Daniel. “I thought the course was big, with lots of problems at the water. It was his first time jumping that water but he was fine.”
It was an all-male jump-off in the international arena at Hickstead and Daniel was pitted against Guy Williams (Titus II) and Tim Davies (Valentijn O). But, when the other two faulted, William Funnell’s stable jockey was declared the winner with the only double clear.
“I was never going to beat Guy on time, so I had to go clear,” said Daniel, who is originally from Nottinghamshire but has been based at the Billy Stud for two years.
Billy Grand is only a nine-year-old but there are high hopes for international success with the son of Animo.
“He’s a future Nations Cup horse,” said Daniel.
Guy Williams finished second with Tim Davies in third.
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