Three Irish riders share spoils in Puissance four-way tie at Dublin Horse Show

Three Irish riders featured in a four-way tie for first place in the Land Rover Puissance at the Dublin Horse Show, resulting in a share of the top prize of €28,400. 

Padraic Judge, Richard Howley, Michael Pender and Brazil’s Pedro Junqueira Muylaert all cleared the big red wall in the fourth round when it stood at 2m 20.

All four tried to jump the wall at 2m 25 in the fifth round but each competitor finished with 4 faults to ensure the four-way tie with Waterford’s Capt Geoff Curran taking fifth place overall. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the event, Pender said his horse Hearton Du Bois Halleux was unlucky not to clear the wall in the fifth round and that winning the Puissance was a ‘dream come true.’

“He was very unlucky. He jumped a brilliant fourth round, he was very, very unlucky there in the fifth round. I’m delighted with him, I couldn’t be happier. It’s a dream come true to win the Puissance in Dublin.”

Meanwhile, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny scored his second win of the week as he claimed the top prize of just over €8,000 in the 1m 50 Dublin Stakes.

The first class of the day saw Derry’s Daniel Coyle also score his second win of the 2018 Stena Line Dublin Horse Show when he led an Irish 1-2-3 in Royal Dublin Society Stakes By Mount Juliet.

Coyle and the Ariel Grange-owned Farona stopped the clock in 55.63 to finish a second ahead of Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon while Clem McMahon also took third place for Ireland with Pacifico (ISH) in 59.46.

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The Longines Grand Prix of Ireland will bring the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show to a close on Sunday.


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