Thursday 22 February 2018

Talbot second in Valencia

Louise Parkes

Niall Talbot was runner-up with Nicos de la Cense in yesterday's main event at the Mediterranean Tour in Valencia, Spain.

There were 11 double-clears from the 62-strong starting field at the new Oliva Nova Equestrian Centre, and the Swiss-based Irishman was only 0.19 seconds off the winning time achieved by in-form Frenchman Roger-Yves Bost on Nippon D'Elle.

Talbot's horse has been one of the most promising Irish prospects for some time and pinned Italy's Giulia Martinengo and Loro Piana Ballyleck into third ahead of former Irish team member Peter Charles, who claimed fourth for Britain with Murka's Odie de Freve. Fifth place went to Italy's Carlo Rivetti partnering the former Shane Carey ride, Temple Road.

The Irish also featured prominently on Saturday when Jessica Kuerten (API Largo) and Shane Breen (Cos I Can) shared third place in the Speed event won by Bost and Nikyta D'Elle.

The Irish riders broke the beam almost two seconds slower than the winner, but in precisely the same time of 25.43 seconds.

In the other main jumping class, Kuerten was fourth with Arezzo VDL, while Mayo rider Alex Duffy slotted into fifth with Romeo's Child.

Meanwhile, Kildare-born dressage rider Judy Reynolds was in the frame again at the 3-Star fixture in Vilamoura, Portugal when sixth with Remember in the Big Tour Freestyle to Music. Reynolds also filled second place in the Intermediaire 1 riding Vancouver K.

Irish Independent

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