Equestrianism: Hoy over moon with classic win

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Andrew Hoy kept his cool when he jumped Moonfleet to a clear round in yesterday's final show jumping phase of the Badminton Horse Trials, maintaining the lead he had held from the start to win this annual classic for the first time. The Australian won £50,000 and, having won in Kentucky the previous weekend, is now eligible for the $250,000 (£134,500) on offer in the Rolex Grand Slam if he wins at Burghley in September.

Hoy was helped by those closest to him on the scoreboard - Germany's Ingrid Klimke, who had one fence down on Sleep Late during her stylish first ride here, and the 23-year-old Briton, Oliver Townend, who had two errors on Flint Curtis. They kept their second and third overnight places, but gave Hoy extra breathing space as he could now afford two mistakes instead of one.

He did not need any leeway, however, since 15-year-old Moonfleet never touched a twig, completing a weekend double for owner Sue Magnier, whose George Washington had won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.

Another of yesterday's seven clear rounds was achieved by the 18-year-old Over to You, the mount of Jeanette Brakewell and a consistent British team horse since 1999. Eleventh after the cross-country, Over to You advanced to fourth.

Organisers of the lottery funded World Class Potential Programme saw three members - Townend, Sharon Hunt (6th) and Lucy Wiegersma (7th) - finish in the top 10.

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