Wednesday 19 June 2019

Watson in Imperial form to secure Cork crown

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A clear round clinched victory while the overnight leader, Belgium’s Geoffroy de Jamblinne, plummeted to seventh with two fences down. (Stock photo)
A clear round clinched victory while the overnight leader, Belgium’s Geoffroy de Jamblinne, plummeted to seventh with two fences down. (Stock photo)

Louise Parkes

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.

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