William Funnell has now joined the elite group of riders (Eddie Macken, Michael Whittaker, Harvey Smith & John Whitaker) with 4 wins under their belts, this year riding the Billy Stud’s own, Billy Buckingham.

William was one of just two riders to go clear in the first round, meaning he had to jump-off for honours against Holly Smith and Quality Old Joker.

“The first to go in the jump-off, William’s horse didn’t look in danger of touching a fence, although a foot in the water meant they finished with four faults in a time of 89.62sec.

It gave Holly a bit of breathing space, but she was caught out first by the black gate and then by the water as well, meaning she retired into second place.”

William Funnell Al Shira'aa Derby 2018

#ThrowbackThursday to William Funnell jumping a foot perfect round in the Al Shira'aa Derby last week, making it the 60th clear round to have been jumped since the class first started in 1961. #AlShiraaa #Hickstead The Billy Stud

Posted by The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead on Thursday, 28 June 2018