Last week’s Dublin Horse show once again attracted many of the world’s top horse and rider combinations. With many a thrill, and a few spills, competitors strove to put forward their best as they tackled the tough tracks on the famous grass of the Main Arena.
There was hot competition in the international Showjumping classes, but seven Irish-bred horses managed to fight their way in to the top three of several classes throughout the week. Of these seven horses, two of them produced winning performances.
The traditionally bred Ardcolum Duke (ISH) (TIH) claimed the top prize in the Minerva Stakes on Wednesday. With Billy Twomey (IRL) on board the pair produced a clear round in a time of 54.46 seconds, narrowly beating fellow countryman, Darragh Kenny on Cassini Z (OLD), in to second place (54.95 seconds). Third place was also taken by an Irish-bred horse, Silver Lift (ISH) ridden by Harriet Nuttall (GBR), jumping clear in a time of 55.25 seconds.
The second Irish-bred winner of the week came in the form of the striking CMS Tallulah (ISH), on Saturday. Richard Howley (IRL) guided the tall and talented mare over the imposing Landrover Puissance wall, clearing 2m20 in the fourth round. This resulted in a four way tie for the winner’s purse with Padraic Judge (IRL) on Citi Business (AES), Michael Pender (IRL) on Hearton Du Bois Halleux (BWP) and Pedro Junqueira Muylaert (BRA) on Chacote (OLD).
Other notable results for Irish-bred horses during the show included third place for GRC Acapella (ISH) and Gemma Phelan (IRL) in the International 7-8 year old class on Wednesday, third place for the multi-talented Quality Old Joker (ISH) and Holly Smith (GBR) in the Speed Derby on Thursday, third place for Pacifico (ISH) and Clem McMahon (IRL) in the Royal Dublin Society Stakes on Saturday, and third place for the successful Limestone Grey (ISH) and Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) in the Qatar Airways Speed Championship on Sunday.
Breeding details of the above Irish horses:
Ardcolum Duke (ISH) (TIH) – 2004 stallion by Gypsy Duke (ISH) out of Dangerous Lady (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Bred and owned by Joe Flynn, Co. Roscommon.
Silver Lift (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Easy Lift (TB) out of Faherine (ISH), by Silver Cloud (TB). Bred by Kay Brackwell, Co. Westmeath and owned by Mr Rupert Nuttall, Great Britain.
GRC Acapella (ISH) – 2010 gelding by Luidam (KWPN) out of Ballydoolagh Aimee Sunrise (ISH), by Aldato (KWPN). Bred and owned by Rory Costigan, Co. Tipperary.
Quality Old Joker (ISH) – 2008 gelding by O.B.O.S Quality (OLD) out of Little Joker (WNTR), by Slyguff Joker (WNTR). Bred by Roberta Dowley, Co. Kilkenny and owned by James Mossman, Great Britain.
CMS Tallulah (ISH) – 2009 mare by Pacino (BWP) out of Forans Cocoa (ISH), by Chacoa (HOLST). Bred by Ray O’Reilly, Co. Cavan and owned by Kerry Grimster, Great Britain.
Pacifico (ISH) – 2009 gelding by Pacino (BWP) out of Aldat (ISH), by Aldatus Z (OLD). Bred by B & G Campbell, Co. Armagh and owned by Hilton Farm, Co. Monaghan.
Limestone Grey (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Try Time (KWPN) out of Millpark’s Corageous Lady (ISH). Bred by David Moran, Co. Limerick and owned by Stephex Stables, Belgium.
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