GOLDSBURY is always tough to beat on the flat, and indeed her opening score of just 18.0 in a competitive EI 100 was never headed. Despite rolling a coloured pole, the mare Red Hot Chilli Pepper recorded back-to-back wins, remaining ahead of Beth Burton (It Must Be Cooley) as well as Patrick Whelan aboard the well-bred thoroughbred Galileo Dance.

Running in the ownership of Trade Horses Ltd, Goldsbury thinks highly of the winning six-year-old, commenting: “She ticks every box and does everything right. She always feels like a much older horse, so although I’m aware that it’s easy to rush things I will plan to give her a bit more exposure now. I’m lucky to have the ride on these classy young horses (another is the recent runaway Stepping Stones winner Master Cornet) and am grateful to Trade Horses for entrusting them to me.”

All bar one of the 20 starters were clear in the country, and with a similar degree of difficulty in the show jumping, just six faulted.

Goldsbury’s final victory of the day, came in the EI 90, in which she rode Sandra Barnwell’s diminutive five-year-old Daydream Believer.

Home-bred, and pencilled in as a suitable future prospect for her children, Daydream Believer is by the event pony Mr Hale Bob out of the lightly raced thoroughbred Angel Delight (Muharib). Once again, the Summerhill rider led from the front, and although the show jumping rejigged the scores a little, the foot-perfect Oakfields Siberita (Brook Carey) filled second from Alice O’Sullivan (Carrigshawn Doctro).

Debut win for Coad

It was close at the top of the EI 100 (P) but a good dressage score together with a double clear round earned Rosie Coad and the Connemara pony Blackhall Summer a victory on their EI debut. Kilnaspic Lily (Hannah Willis) was less than a mark adrift to hold second from Zara McCarthy (Romans Special Envoy) equally close in third.

EI 100 (J) winners Momo Sheehy and TMX Herbie were also making their first appearance together, and heading a strong field from the front, they pipped the Matthew Kelly combination of Mr Ed and Fanlehane Nariah.

As the Connemara ponies continued to reap the rewards, the final EI 90 (P) went to Isabella Donohue (Kingscross Mayfly), from Lucy Keane (Manusmore Trump) and Georgina Pettit aboard Ballerk Lover.

Just four completed with their dressage score intact.