Thursday 22 March 2018

Equestrian: Irish boost london hopes

Irish riders in contention for a last-minute Olympic qualifying spot have boosted their chances with good dressage results on the opening day of the Goresbridge Go for Gold International Horse Trials in Ballindenisk, Cork yesterday.

The event presents the final chance before the March 1 deadline, and Michael Ryan, Mark Kyle, Camilla Speirs, Jayne Doherty, Capt Geoff Curran, Ciaran Glynn and Elizabeth Power all have London in their sights.

Power and September Bliss (50.65) finished fifth yesterday in the CCI 3-Star in which Ireland's best score (50.2) was registered by Curran with The Jump Jet. British stars Ollie Townend (Arctic Mouse) and Tina Cook (Miners Frolic) hold the first two places going into today's cross-country phase.

There are fewer Olympic points on offer in the CIC 3-Star -- dominated, so far, by home runners with Speirs and Portersize Just A Jiff at the head of affairs followed by Clare Abbott (Euro Prince) and Sarah Ennis (Sugar Brown Babe), while Corkman Michael Ryan lies fourth (Old Road) and sixth (Dromgurrihy Blue). The event concludes tomorrow.

Meanwhile, at the World Cup show in Gothenburg last night, Denis Lynch (Abbervail van het Dingeshof) finished second in the final class of the day won by Holland's Marc Houtzager.

Irish Independent

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