Dublin Horse Show: Unstoppable Smyth wins at the double
Co Tyrone's Peter Smyth and the Kathryn O'Hagan-owned Irish Sport Horse mare CHS Krooze, have won the six-year-old 'Cruising' National Championship, sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland, at Dublin Horse Show.
The brother-in-law of golfer Darren Clarke, Smyth, who won both six-year-old classes, and took third in Saturday's televised Puissance Big Wall event - jumping more than 7ft with Cavalier Rusticana - was unstoppable in Sunday's six-year-old final.
Smyth's double clear round in 36.60 seconds saw him push Michael Pender and Curra Clover Flight (ISH) into second, while Francis Connors and BP Castlefield finished third.
Smyth said: "This is a classy horse and has a great future. To win both six-year-old qualifiers, also with Templepatrick Welcome Limerick who finished overall eighth, was fantastic. Krooze had the fastest round from a 10-horse jump off in 36.60 and I am very pleased."
Meanwhile, Anahilt rider Edward Little on Jack Diamond finished a creditable seventh for the McLoughlin Brothers with Jack Diamond.
The four-year-old National Final in was won by Darragh Ryan on Abby V Overiz Z owned by PJ Ryan and Greg Broderick. Donegal's Kenneth Graham on Pacino Amiro was runner-up with Peter Smyth once again in the ribbons with a third place on Derrycastle Sensation. Fermanagh rider Kerry Teggart with Hamilton was fourth.
The Longines Grand Prix went to the rising star of international showjumping, Lorenzo de Luca, who won three other classes, was part of the winning Italian team and then took home €66,000 for the toughest track of the day.
Based with Stephex, he was competing on Ensor de Litrange Lxii owned by Stephex and former world champion Jos Lansink. Only four clear rounds were produced from 40 starters, with De Luca going for gold and winning in 47.44. Ireland's Shane Breen with Golden Hawk, who had returned to competition after an injury lay off, excelled for second placing in 48.07.
US rider Audrey Coulter with Capigal Colnardo was third while Cian O'Connor for Ireland was fourth with Good Luck.
Leading Irish rider of the show was Billy Twomey for a new Longines watch.
De Luca received two Longines watches for leading international rider and as winner of the Grand Prix.