Monday 19 February 2018

Win some, lose some for Ireland in Sunday's trials

Longines Grand Prix winner Lorenzo De Luca Photo: Steve Humphreys
Longines Grand Prix winner Lorenzo De Luca Photo: Steve Humphreys Newsdesk Newsdesk

While Team Ireland were forced to relinquish their hopes of winning the Longines International Grand Prix on the last day of the Dublin Horse Show, they dominated the leaderboard in the Speed Championship.

The Italians surpassed their Irish hosts once again as Lorenzo de Luca took the Grand Prix accolade home.

The 31-year-old sped ahead with a faultless jump-off performance, completing the challenging course in 47.44 seconds with Ensor de Littrange Lxii.

In second place was Ireland's Shane Breen on Golden Hawk, who finished in 48.07 seconds.

They were followed by American jumper Audrey Coulter on Capital Colnardo in 48.79 seconds, and Cian O'Connor on Good Luck in 57.11 seconds.

Victorious But Ireland took centre stage in the Speed Championship as three of its riders walked away victorious.

Shane Sweetnam took first position with his horse Cyklon, and completed the course without a fault in 67.41 seconds.

Just behind him was fellow Irish rider Billy Twomey, who had a clear round in 67.51 seconds with Ardcolum Duke.

Meanwhile, Bertram Allen came third with Quiet Easy 4 with a time of 68.90 seconds.

Irish Independent

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