ON Monday, Sligo’s Kevin Gallagher and the Irish Sport Horse ‘BP Limitless’ were crowned winners of the lucrative 2020 Irish Breeders Classic Five and Six-year-old final at Barnadown in Co. Wexford.
A massive €34,000 was up for grabs in what is one of Europe’s richest young horse competitions and is now in its ninth year. The final day of competition was moved forward a day, following heavy rain at the Wexford venue on Friday and competitors and organisers were rewarded with clear skies and perfect jumping conditions on the revised final day.
From the qualifiers held over the weekend, the top 25 horses went forward to the final. Gallagher and ‘BP Limitless’, who is owned by Max O’Reilly Hyland and was bred by Austin Broderick, came out on top after a 14-horse jump-off. All of the top four horses at the finish were five-year-olds, including ‘Muze Abby Moyne’ with Ethen Ahearne, who finished as runners-up, while ‘Colui’ filled third spot, ridden by Thomas O’Brien.
In the earlier €20,000 Sweet Oak Farm USA Grand Prix, Dermott Lennon took the winner’s prize with ‘L’Esprit Hero’ after a 12-horse jump-off. The former World Champion finished just over a 10th of a second ahead of Jenny Rankin in second with ‘Entertainer’, while Peter Smyth took third place with ‘Templepatrick Welcome Limmerick’.
The Seven and Eight-year-old Irish Breeders’ Classic Final was won by Greg Broderick with ‘Coolivio PS’. Clem McMahon and ‘TJM Amour Fou’ finished second, while third place went to Seamus Hayes with ‘Clarton Clazou Z’.