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IT was a second victory in the space of a week for the Germans, after they had also won at Vilamoura in Portugal. They completed on a score of four faults, while Denmark finished as runners-up on six faults and Ireland took third on eight faults. Brazil (10) finished fourth, with Sweden and Egypt sharing fifth on 12 faults. Morocco finished seventh on 14 faults while Portugal rounded off the top eight on 25 faults.
Afterwards, team manager Michael Blake reflected on a season, where despite the huge disruption caused by Covid-19, Ireland have increased their pool of riders ahead of what promises to be a hectic year in 2021.
“We again tried out a couple of new horses and a completely different team to the one from last week in Portugal. It was disappointing that our lead ebbed away in the second round,” said Blake.
“We again finished on the podium and that means we have finished on the podium five times from the six Nations’ Cups during a year in which we had huge disruption to the Nations’ Cup calendar. I want to thank all of the riders and the owners from today and throughout the past 12 months. We have strengthened our pool of horses and riders and have a lot to look forward to next year, which includes an Olympic Games, European Championships and hopefully a full Nations’ Cup campaign.”
Lapuccino 2 (ISH) – 2008 stallion by SIEC Livello (HOLST) out of Cabaret III (BHD). Breeder: Sven Kapp, Co. Galway. Owner: Carl Hanley Sporthorses GmbH. Rider: Michael G Duffy (IRL)
ESI Toulouse (ISH) – 2011 bay gelding by SIEC Livello (HOLST) out of Catina (BWP), by Quasimodo VD Molendreef (BWP). Bred by Cian O’Connor, Co Meath. Owner/rider: Cameron Hanley (IRL)