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Carberry proves that he's First class in Cavan



Paul Carberry

Paul Carberry


Paul Carberry

Former Grand National and multiple Cheltenham-winning jockey Paul Carberry produced another top-class display of horsemanship to win the Cavan Ulster Region Grand Prix over the weekend.

Carberry claimed the 1m35 GP on his consistent Brandonview First Edition, and was closely followed by Londonderry doctor John McLaughlin on board his home-bred Lincourt Luidam following on from his GP win at Connell Hill last week.

At the same event, Victoria Bridge showjumper Jonathan Smyth (23) galloped to victory in the Underwriting Exchange National 1m40 Grand Prix series.

Smyth, riding Crystal Tom owned by Ann Doherty, was one of 16 to reach the Premier jump-off from 39 starters.

He seared round in 71.99 to beat defending champion Liam O'Meara and Helen Sheridan's Curraghgraigue Jack by a fraction. The young ace had no fewer than three horses in the jump-off and his win on Crystal Tom was his second this year, having triumphed in Vilamoura, Portugal before lockdown.

Templepatrick-based Samah El Dahan partnered Joanne Sloan Allen's J'Taime Flamenco-sired chestnut mare WKD Aimez Moi to finish third in 76.32, while Belfast's Joanne Blair was exceptional in claiming fourth on her Sandro Boy-sired Mon Ami.

Carberry dominated at Cavan, claiming victory in a 28-horse jump-off from 50 starters.

Brandonview First Edition performed a lightning round in 33.60, with Dr McLaughlin giving chase on Lincourt Luidam for second in 37.11, and Gerard Clarke steering Lupins Lux Z into third on 37.72.

Dr McLaughlin, who breeds and produces his own horses with his father Brian, recorded a win at Connell Hill and runner-up in the Ulster series in Cavan.

Carberry, who won the Grand National on Bobbyjo and is a 14-time winner at Cheltenham and rider of Beef or Salmon, is now a force to be reckoned with in showjumping and looks set to show more form at Mullingar.

The Cavan 1m20 Championship saw success for Banbridge owner Philip Rosbotham, whose Avalent, by the family stallion Valent, won with Olivia Roulston (Drumquin) from 83 starters.

Roulston clocked 31.88 ahead of Omagh's Caitilin Taggart, who gave a stunning round with Glenannagh Beach, by the Fintona sire Beach Ball, for second place in 32.70.

Brendan Murphy claimed the 1m30 final ahead of Lucy Shanahan and Carberry, while the four-year-old final went to Shane McCloskey ahead of Shauna Heslin and Catherine Thornton. There were wins for Antoinette Burns (1m10), Jonny Gordon (1m) and Lynn Lowry (90).

In the Saugerties HITS show in New York, Jordan Coyle recorded his fourth win in two weeks, accumulating well over $150,000, after Picador put in an outstanding display.

Belfast Telegraph