Farewell to Skip Two Ramiro

The winner of the 2010 Hickstead Derby has died at the age of 20.


Hickstead Derby legend Skip Two Ramiro has died at the age of 20. 

Guy Williams made the announcement on his Facebook page, saying: "It's with great sadness I heard that Skip Two Ramiro passed away yesterday.... He had been enjoying his semi-retirement with my friends, the Boulter family, jumping a few shows and spending time in the paddock.

Not only did 'Skippy' win Hickstead's most iconic class, he was also placed a number of times. He was third in 2008 and second in 2009 before finally lifting the famous Boomerang Trophy in 2010. 

"He was a real soldier winning just under £400,000, most of which was won on the National circuit," Guy wrote. "He made my dream come true in 2010 when he won the Hickstead Derby, jumping a double clear finishing more than 10sec faster than Promised Land."

He continued to pick up a number of top 10 placings in the Derby, before competing for the final time in 2015. 

Guy counts his Derby win - in Hickstead's 50th anniversary year - as one of the most important in his career. "“It was emotional,” he said at the time. “You save a horse all year for one class, and when it all goes right, you know you’ve done your job properly."

Skip Two Ramiro, 1996 - 2016.

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