MAYO’S Michael G Duffy and the Irish Sport Horse ‘Lapuccino 2’, owned by Carl Hanley Sport Horses, took a commanding victory in Sunday’s four-star Grand Prix at Vejer De la Frontera in Spain, to add to an excellent run of Irish results. They finished with almost two seconds to spare over British runner-up Joseph Stockdale with ‘Equine America Cacharel’, while Swiss star Steve Guerdat finished third with ‘Albfuehren’s Maddox’.
Speaking afterwards, Duffy highlighted how ‘Lapuccino’ is a special horse for him: “Today’s course was very tough, with high-level riders and only six horses that finished without faults. I didn’t do anything crazy [in the jump-off]. I stayed fast all the way and, on the last line, I pushed even more, I think that was where I saved time. ‘Lapuccino’ has been with me for five or six years and, with each passing year, he makes things better. He has taken me all over the world and I adore him. Today he gave everything for me and winning this Grand Prix is very special.”
The four-star win for Duffy and ‘Lapuccino 2’ (ISH) came less than 24 hours after Wexford’s Bertram Allen and the Irish Sport Horse ‘Pacino Amiro’ took victory in the five-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA (for full story, see page 70).
Lapuccino 2 (ISH) – 2008 stallion by SIEC Livelllo (HOLST) out of Cabaret III (BHD). Breeder: Sven Kapp, Co. Galway. Owner: Carl Hanley Sporthorses GmbH. Rider: Michael G Duffy (IRL)