Starry Field in Norwood Gold Cup
It would be a brave person to pick the winner of the Virbac Equine Norwood Gold Cup today (4:15pm Land Rover Premier Arena)
It’s the first of the ‘biggies’ at HOY and a class held in high regard by riders, all keen to add their name to the cup which was first awarded to Joe Yorke and Challenge in 1967. Since then it is a real who’s who of New Zealand equestrian, including Olympians, World Championship representatives and World Cup finalists. Olivia Robinson (Queenstown) and Ngahiwi Cisco won the class last year, but won’t be back to defend their title.
However, there are 31 combinations are on the card, including previous winners Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) with five horses, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) with two and Simon Wilson (Waipukurau).
Also in the mix is Rose Alfeld (Christchurch) on My Super Nova, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) on Ultra Blue NZPH, Samantha Morrison (Tauranga) on Biarritz and teens Emily Hayward-Morgan (Te Awamutu) on AP Ninja and Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) on Fiber Fresh Veroana.