COUNTY Tyrone rider, Jonathan Smyth put his first victory on the board in the Underwriting Exchange Grand Prix on Sunday, July 26 at Cavan Equestrian. Riding the Ann Doherty owned ‘Crystal Tom’, he lodged the winning round of clear in 41.07.
Bred by the late Anthony Doherty, ‘Crystal Tom’ is a 10-year-old gelding by ‘Silvano’ and out of the ‘Graf Magna’ sired dam, ‘Lady Graf’.
This combination was pipped at the post in the round a week before in Barnadown and as a result they now occupy second place on the leader board on 18 points, just two points behind the leader, Susan Fitzpatrick and ‘Verdict De Kezeg’.
In total, 39 combinations went to post in the fifth round of the series and, with riders up to the task, 16 combinations booked their place against the clock. Of those 16, six double clears were delivered and seven had one down against the clock.
National Grand Prix Champion, Liam O’Meara put his first points on the leader board, as he took second place with ‘Curraghgraigue Jack Take Flight’, when they kept all the poles in place in a time of 42.50.
Sam El Dahan followed closely behind with Joanne Sloan Allen’s ‘WKD Aimez Moi’ and a clear in 42.85 seconds would prove good enough for third place in the line-up.
Joanne Blair opted for a more cautious plan with the Irish Sport Horse, ‘Mon Ami’ and it paid off, as all the poles stayed in place in a time of 44.42 seconds for fourth place.
Kildare’s Derek McConnell is proving consistent in this league and this week he was back in the line-up, claiming fifth with ‘Dothraki Warlord’, when clear in 44.56 seconds.
Last of the double clears and taking sixth place was Richard Kerins and ‘Small Change’, when they stopped the clock in 49.20 seconds.
Full results are available at https:// www.sjilive.ie/ results/ 11826739