“You always give me the easy ones to ride,” laughed Kerry Mackin when she exited the arena after her 70% winning medium 75 qualifier at Hickstead (19 September) and talking to Silmus D’s owner, David Jones.

“I have to ride for my life,” explained Kerry later. “Silmus was unrideable when David got him and when I started riding him he was still difficult. He was like something bad was going to happen to him all the time. He never wanted to go forward. He would spook at air, spin and rear.

“He’s 11 years old now and at . . .

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