Irish riders kept up the pressure today at the Dublin Horse Show, with wins for both Cian O’Connor and Denis Lynch ahead of the featured Puissance class.
O’Connor, after his successful clear jumping rounds in the Nations Cup yesterday, opened the batting with the 12 year-old dark bay stallion Copain du Perchet, who had already delivered wins for the Meath rider in Falsterbo, Rotterdam and Treffen this year.
Up against a heavyweight 35-strong field in the 1m60 Accumulator competition, O’Connor maintained his excellent form with a win, beating fellow countryman Cameron Hanley and Aiyetoro by just under a second, while Denis Lynch with Pikelot von Hof claimed fourth place, almost two seconds adrift of O’Connor.
Shortly afterwards, Lynch returned to the main arena with the ten year-old mare RMF Zecilie for the 1m50 jump-off class, the JLT Dublin Stakes, and was one of 14 through to the jump-off.
The Tipperary rider shaved three-hundredths of a second off Swiss star Steve Guerdat’s effort with the 11 year-old Cayetana to take the 8,000 euro first prize, and was joined in the top ten by fellow Irish riders Richie Moloney with Carrabis Z (4th), Jenny Rankin on Bennys Legacy (5th), Bertram Allen and Izzy by Picobello (7th) and Daniel Coyle with Cita (9th).
Before today Irish riders had already claimed four victories in the major international classes at Dublin, since the opening competitions on Wednesday.