Notalot shows she's much to offer
Rebecca Monahan's three-year-old filly continues unbeaten streak at the RDS to land Supreme Young Horse crown
Rebecca Monahan could hardly hide the tears when her multiple-winning filly Notalot returned to the Dublin Horse Show last week to win the supreme young horse championship. Reserve filly at the venue in 2013 and champion two-year-old again last summer, the bay was hotly-tipped to continue her winning form after landing the All-Ireland title at Bannow & Rathangan last month, and she did not disappoint in front of a packed Ring 1 on Friday morning.
"We came here hoping, but I am a pessimist so had a few sleepless nights beforehand. It was unbelievable really, it hasn't quite sunk in," the beaming owner commented after beating the two-year-old gelding Corniche Chill for the coveted Laidlaw Cup.
The young horse championship is among the most coveted at the RDS and the journey to the top of the line on the final day is always hard fought. For Notalot, however, it was a smooth one which gained much admiration from her droves of followers countrywide.
By the Dutch stallion Lancelot and out of the Cavalier Royale mare Cloneen Cavalier Countessa, Notalot impressed the judges Amanda Brudenell and Gill Richardson from the outset, winning her class on Thursday ahead of Dessie Gibson's Moonlight Seranade. From there Notalot went on to lift the three-year-old title ahead of Dorothy Walsh's gelding Diamond Choice before returning for the supreme judging 24 hours later.
"Notalot has the most amazing walk and it was this that won it for her," Ms Monahan said, adding that the judges were so wowed by her presence that her movement in trot seemed somewhat irrelevant at the close of play.
"You always dream of winning a supreme title, but to be here is quite something special. I have to really thank my husband Ray who was always confident and even told me the day we bought her as a foal that she would, one day, win big here. She owes me nothing now, and although she is for sale, I would quite happily keep her in my livingroom," she smiled, adding that she has yet to find a replacement for the 2016 showing circuit.
Though it was not the first time that a filly had won at the RDS three years in succession, it was quite an achievement for Notalot, who now joins Flowing River as one of the most winning fillies of all time at the show.
In the lead up to the championship there were also memorable wins for Ann Lyons' yearling Greenhall Liquor, while the Greenhall prefix also appeared in the line-up in the Breeders' Championship for mares and foals with Derry Rothwell's pair of Millennium Cruise and Greenhall Indicator in second and third. The supreme accolade went to Dermot O'Sullivan's five-year-old mare Aidensfield Flamenco and her colt foal by OBOS Quality 004.