Show jumping talent out in force at Cavan

Autumn GP final BR Farm
WINNER: John McEntee and ‘Hip Girl’, pictured winning the 1.35m Grand Prix at Cavan’s September Championships 2020. have claimed the 2020 SJI Autumn Grand Prix League title. (FW52-537LD) PICTURE: courtesy of Laurence Dunne,

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Winner of the Cavan International Grand Prix in 2015, Canada’s Rebecca McGoldrick was back in the line-up in Cavan, claiming third, when she delivered a clear with her own ‘Fleur IV’ in 43.01.

Fellow lady rider, Jenny Rankin took fourth place with the Barry O’Connor owned ‘Gerona’, when she also answered all the questions in a time of 45.45.

An impressive performance by Clem McMahon on the Gary McNamara owned seven-year-old ‘Lega land Team Spirit’, saw them deliver a clear in 49.90 for fifth place.

Accounting for sixth place was Mikey Pender and the Miguel Bravo owned, ‘Casanova Van Overis Z’. The pairing looked to be up on target, but four faults at the C element of the HSI double meant he finished as the fastest of the four-faulters.

Saturday 1.35m SJI Autumn Grand Prix

On Saturday, it was County Mayo rider Cian Goggins that took the win in the €2,000 Jim Derwin Bloodstock sponsored class. Riding ‘Valtor De Blagny’, he was fastest of the 20 double clears in a time of 32.23 seconds.

Owned by Moira Forbes, the 11-year-old French bred gelding is by ‘Limbo’ and out of the ‘Fetiche Du Pas’ sired dam, ‘Opale De Blagny’.

The gelding is new to Goggins, having previously been campaigned by Jamie Landers up to Grand Prix level. Goggins took over the ride less than a year ago and has been jumping at 1.40m.

Placed fourth in the last 1.35m Grand Prix in Cavan in early December, John Floody and the Denyse Hughes owned ‘Ballyknock Diamond’ improved on their performance, this time claiming the runner-up spot, when clocking 34.83 seconds.

Winner of the last round in Cavan, Paul Beecher and ‘Danqu’ was back in the ribbons, taking third, when they answered all the questions in a time of 35.52 seconds.

A clear in a time of 36.73 ensured Shannon Robinson and Joy Robinson’s ‘Chardonnay’ fourth place.

John Floody took another share of the prize fund, when he kept all the poles in place aboard the Kathryn Magennis eight-year-old ‘Diamond Roller’ sired gelding, ‘Accidental Diamond’. The pairing was less than a second behind their closest rival, when clocking 37.26, for fifth place.

Young rider, Patrick Hickey completed the top six line-up with his own seven-year-old ‘GRS Lady Amaro’, when crossing the line in a time of 37.57.


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