Watson in Imperial form to secure Cork crown
Carlow's Sam Watson (33) won the biggest class of the weekend, the CCI 4*-L, at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials in Cork yesterday.
The man who helped claim World Championship team silver in Tryon, America, last year was lying second with the 13-year-old grey, Imperial Sky, going into the final showjumping phase.
A clear round clinched victory while the overnight leader, Belgium's Geoffroy de Jamblinne, plummeted to seventh with two fences down.
Runner-up was Britain's Ben Hobday (31) who has made a spectacular return to the top of the sport four years after a cancer diagnosis. Riding Shadowman, he finished just a single point behind Watson while Italy's Giovanni Ugolotti was third.
On Saturday, Tipperary's Shane Breen (44) and team-mate Galway's Michael Duffy (24) secured victory for the Monica McCourt-owned Miami Celtics in the latest leg of the Global Champions League, staged on Miami Beach in Florida.