Pessoa will again be riding Loro Piana Vivaldi, who has nowreached the venerable age of 20 and also belongs in the veteran bracket.
As usual, there will be a strong Irish contingent for the meeting, which begins this morning. It will include Capt John Ledingham, who is aiming for his third Derby victory at Hickstead and his fourth overall.
This week's meeting was under threat of cancellation until Paul Schockemohle, three times a winner of the Hickstead Derby for Germany, lent his support. The main class now carries a first prize of pounds 24,000, compared with the pounds 40,000 which Pessoa collected last year when Silk Cut were the sponsors.Reuse content