Champion supreme: What Of It takes ultimate crown at Aintree
What Of It, a 15-year-old who in his racing days won four hunter chases and four point-to-points, has been crowned Goffs UK Supreme Champion after six days of competition at Aintree's International Equestrian Centre.
More than 300 former racehorses competed across 90 classes and What Of It, ridden by Hannah Horton, emerged with the winner's prize of £2,500.
Already the winner of the RoR Tattersalls Show Series Championship at Hickstead in June, What Of It was awarded the top accolade by a panel which included jockey Nico de Boinville.
What Of It is a true family horse – he remains in the ownership of his former trainer Sarah Ward and her son Tom, who rode him to victory in three of his hunter chases and is assistant trainer to Richard Hannon.
Gold Cup winner Don Cossack was among the record number of former racehorses in action, along with Noland, Time For Rupert, Always Waining and Monkerty Tunkerty.
RoR chief executive Di Arbuthnot said: “It's been another wonderful week. The standard improves each year, in particular with regard to the showing. Seeing the horses so wonderfully turned out, and the pleasure evident among the riders from just competing at these championships, never ceases to warm the heart.
“Our thanks to Goffs UK for their sponsorship and Aintree racecourse for hosting the event and their wonderful all-year-round support for RoR.”
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