Cappa Cassanova back to defend his title
Defending champion Cappa Cassanova is among a 14-strong entry for the Irish Draught stallion class which takes place in Ring 1 on Friday afternoon.
Also a winner in 2012 and 2013, the 10-year-old grey has been a great ambassador for Ireland's native breed and is one of four stallions being sent up by Cappa Stud in Co Galway.
Run by Jimmy and Edel Quinn, the stud is also represented by their 2015 runner-up Cappa Aristocrat, Ballineen It's William and new recruit Cappa Amadeus.
Mr Quinn said: "It will be the first time that Amadeus will be seen in public here in Ireland as he hasn't been out since he passed his inspection in the UK in March. He's only three but we are really looking forward to showcasing him as he is the only stallion to have achieved a bronze merit in conformation and movement at the UK inspections. After Cassanova he was the busiest stallion with us this year."
Also among the entries are Killountain Cross, Moylough Legacy, Carrigfada Troy and Cloneyhea Spellbound. All were awarded Class 1 status at this year's HSI stallion inspections in Cavan and will be formidable opponents against some of the older horses. Commenting on the three-year-old Killountain Cross, owner Charles Dullea said: "After he was approved we decided get him broken and sent him down to JJ Bowe. As he is home-bred I always wanted to take him to Dublin. He was not available to mares this year but is now on the market and for sale."
Given the high standard of stallions across the board it will be good to see some of the new young guns coming up against some of the other more experienced stallions including Moylough Bouncer, Carrabawn Cross and Gortfree Hero.
Some of the Irish Draught stallions have been invited to take part in the demonstration in conjunction with the Traditional Irish Horse Association in Ring 2 at 5pm on Wednesday evening.
Maeve Carty will partner Cappa Aristocrat in the Performance Irish Draught class for four and five-year-olds, while JJ Bowe has a strong entry in Rosscahill Lad, Elm View Hero and Cloonan Hector.