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Coyle hails Farrel after World success

Daniel Coyle
Daniel Coyle

By Ruth Loney

Londonderry's Daniel Coyle has recorded two wins and a runner-up finish at the World Cup Show in Thunderbird Park, Vancouver.

He partnered the nine-year-old Farrel to win the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup jumping series, producing one of just two double clears to collect the $33k (£27k) first prize.

Only five horses from 40 starters made the second round, where Coyle took the lead with the first clear round in 37.32 seconds. US rider Kelli Cruciotti finished second in 42.26 ahead of third-placed Dutch rider Harrie Smolders.

Coyle said of Farrel: "Give him another year and he will be a real, real top horse. He's still a little green. This was a real track today and he proved himself to be a horse of the future."

Earlier, Coyle won the Thunderbird Challenge trophy 1.50m jump-off class on the 13-year-old Holstein mare Cita.

He beat his own time on Farrel and third-placed Saintfield rider Conor Swail on GK Coco Chanel.

Mayo's Alex Duffy won the three-star Grand Prix in Verbier with FTS Elliot, owned by Nicola Fitzgibbon and Niall Talbot.

Earlier in the day, he claimed another victory in the six bar class on board Gerd KG after clearing 1.95m in the final round.

Meanwhile, Galway rider Michael Duffy took runner-up spot in the three-star Valence Grand Prix, France with Egalini.

At the Millstreet International horse trials, Ulster riders Jessica McIntyre (Banbridge) and Ella Boyle (Lisburn) excelled.

McIntyre and Sergeant Kiki finished third in the two-star small Section B event. It was won by Padraig McCarthy on Fireberry in 30.3 seconds ahead of GB rider JP Sheffield (32.3) and McIntyre (34.7).

Boyle, on WKD Cooley, finished fifth overall in the two-star Long International.

The Irish Breeders Classic Championships in showjumping, geared towards young horses, are this week at Barnadown in Wexford.

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