Ireland lie in third place in the 3* Nations Cup behind second place team France and leading nation Great Britain with just 6.4 points separating the top three at Tattersalls in Co. Meath today.

After a thrilling show jumping round this evening, Meath based Sarah Ennis on her Horseware Stellor Rebound is in second place overnight in the CIC3*, just 0.5 points behind French rider Luc Chateau on Propiano de l’Ebat going into the final cross country phase tomorrow.

In the main 3 star event (CCI3*) Italian rider Vittoria Panizzon on her Chequers Play The Game had a flawless cross country round to stay on her dressage score and remain in the lead going into tomorrow’s final show jumping phase. At just 39.3 English rider Piggy French is keeping an eye on Vittoria in second place on her Quarrymount Echo with Clare Lambert best of the Irish on Whitmore Way with 82.8.

Ireland’s Ireland’s Jonty Evans on Ringwood LB in action at Tattersalls today.

The ever popular 6 and 7 year old event (CCIYH1*) was won by Oliver Townend on his Menlo Park with a score of 42.4 with the great William Fox Pitt taking second and third with his promising pair The Graduate and Shannondale Percy scoring 45.5 and 45.6 respectively and Brennanstown’s Louise Bloomer best of the Irish on 53.3.

The one star event (CCI1*) was won by New Zealand’s Tim Price on Falco with a 37.9 score, with Ireland’s Michael Ryan on Kilpipe Jewel coming in second with a smart score of 42.8.

The strong 2 star (CCI2*) event is led overnight by Kiwi Tim Price on 38.3 with Brian Morrison on Ballymolloy Rogan best of the Irish on 49.5 going into the final showjumping phase tomorrow.

Jack Burns