Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou Lou know every corner of the main arena at the Dublin Horse Show and they proved it on the opening day of the 2015 show as the clever duo delivered a major win in The Sports Council Classic.
Lou Lou, bred in Antrim by owner Judith Sossick, is a winning machine with a powerful gallop and jump to match.
On the mare, sired by Limmerick which stood in Hillsborough with Jayne and William Collins and out of a mare by Jack of Diamonds which stood in Lurgan with Robert Hampton, Lennon stopped the clock in 34.09.
There were 52 starters and 16 clear rounds with Lennon collecting 8,085 euros. Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya, who bought Carlos three years ago from GB rider Nick Skelton, produced a copybook round to finish second in 34.32.
Gatsby, bred by Co Tyrone GP Cormac McKay and now sold to the USA, finished ninth with Darragh Kenny. Suma's Zorro, owned by Templepatrick rider Joanne Sloan Allen of WKD and ridden by Eqyptian Sameh El Dahan finished 16th.
Greg Broderick on Mhs Automatic won the Avery Crest Ski Chalets speed class in 54.74, with Irish riders taking the first five placings.
Darragh Kenny on Picolo was just 0.02 seconds behind with Saintfield's Nations Cup rider Conor Swail third on Simba de La Roque ahead of Billy Twomey with Ardcolum Duke and Capt Michael Kelly with Drummiller Lough, bred in Banbridge by Paul Dillon by Heartbreaker out of his Mountain Pearl mare Pearl Diver.
Omagh rider Jenny Rankin took first in the four-year-old qualifier with Sea Topblue and was also runner up in the Young Riders with Colorlands Cheyenne.
Victoria Bridge rider Jonathan Smyth was third with Charlton Clio while Seamus McSorley partnered his Fintona-based family stallion Beachball to take seventh.
Fermanagh rider Kerry Taggart was also in the ribands for young riders and they will continue to do battle at the Simmonscourt arena throughout the week.
Markethill's Conor McAneaney finished sixth in the Six-Year-Old HSI event with Mullabrack Royal Pride, owned by Zoe Harvey and home bred by Limmerick.
Ards rider Lesley Webb took first in the Riding Horse championship with Carnsdale Peacemaker owned by Laura Smyth, Randalstown.
She earlier won the small riding horse class. The large riding horse class went to Julie Corbett, Ballynahinch with Masserene Being Earnest, ahead of Lesley Anne Duke, from Moira, with Brookfields Showdown.
The Reserve champion small hunter award went to the veteran Colorado, ridden by Jamie Smyth for Lisnadill owner Alison Crozier, and Killinchy's Emily McGowan rode her own Benny Liath to win the younger Connemara Performance Hunter title.