Nigel Coupe is on track for the Hamburg Derby

Nigel Coupe jumped to the top in the second of the 4* 1.50m Hamburg Derby qualifiers on Golvers Hill.

Forty-six tackled the track and nine posted clear rounds, Nigel and the Irish-bred 14-year-old Golvers Hill taking the win by 2.57 sec. The Ricardo Z/Clovers Hill gelding – a former successful working hunter who contended HOYS – is a typical Irish horse who takes ditches and hedges in his stride, and here was no exception.

“Today was my day,” said Nigel, who is no stranger to Hamburg, the partnership took second in the 3* grand prix here last year and also finished fifth in the 2016 Hickstead Derby.

He will be joined in the Hamburg Derby itself – now in its 88th year – by fellow Brit William Whitaker on the Brilliant Lad 14-year-old Glenavadra Brilliant – a pair with Derby form having won the Hickstead Derby in 2016.

Thirty-two of the best combinations from the two qualifying classes will tackle the Hamburg Derby on Sunday.

A winner 24 hours earlier, four faults with the eight-year-old Eindhoven GH put Billy Twomey down to ninth in the 1.50m. Only seven accessed the jump-off, won by fellow Irishman Ross Mulholland Callisto.

Ireland took another win in the 5* 1.50m jump-off class, Bertram Allen snaring the top spot on the British-bred Molly Malone V – the Kannan mare bred by Keith Doyle and initially produced by Sian Edwards and Anthony Condon. The USA’s Laura Kraut took fourth with the former Scott Brash ride Hello Guv’Nor.

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