Equestrian: Curran in late Olympic bid
Eventing high performance manager Ginny Elliott was given food for thought ahead of the announcement of Ireland's Olympic Eventing team today when Capt Geoff Curran was the highest-placed Irish rider when finishing 16th with The Jump Jet at the CIC 3-Star in Barbury Castle yesterday, WRITES Louise Parkes.
A strong contingent of Irish Olympic hopefuls were in action in the competition dominated by New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson who claimed the top two places with Avebury and Quimbo, his winning score of 41.6 leaving him well ahead.
Camilla Speirs and Portersize Just A Jiff had to settle for 25th place, Mark Kyle (Coolio) slotted into 31st while Michael Ryan (Ballylynch Adventure) finished 37th.
In show jumping, Olympic team reserve Shane Sweetnam continued his run of form at Spruce Meadows in Calgary when following his third-place finish with Cyklon and runner-up finish with Esquina Can Klapshut on Thursday with a win with Everlychin de la Pomme on Friday and third with his top ride, Amaretto Darco, in Saturday's Duncan Ross Cup.
Sligoman Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels finished fourth in the Direct Energy Cup later that day.
Denis Lynch made it through to the second round of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Monte Carlo, carrying four faults. But despite his second-round clear with All Star 5 he didn't qualify for the third-round four-horse jump-off.
At home, Edward Doyle claimed the main honours in the National Grand Prix at Blessington Show in Coilog Equestrian Centre. Riding Samgemjee, he pipped Waterford's Tholm Keane and Warrenstown You 2. Capt Michael Kelly topped the TRM/SJi Premier Grand Prix with Starboard, pinning Francis Connors and Heracross into runner-up spot.