William Fox-Pitt continued his winning ways at Tattersalls, adding the CCI2* to his nine other titles at the Irish event. Jonelle Price put the pressure on him by going clear in the show jumping, but William was up to the challenge and took out the title. Jonelle had to settle for second on Cooley Showtime, finishing on her dressage score. She dropped back to 11th on Ascona M after two show jumping rails. Daniel Jocelyn and Beaucatcher didn’t add any faults to their dressage score and ended up in fifth place. Dan was also 20th and 21st on his other two horses in this class, Blackthorn Cruise and High Light, a good result for his two youngsters, who both look impressive. Dan especially rates Blackthorn Cruise as “an upcoming superstar.”
Irish Field CCI3*
Paul Tapner took out the Irish Field CCI3* by an Irish mile on Irish-bred Prince Mayo, some 16.1 faults ahead of second-placed Flora Harris on Cooley Lord Lux. The Australian recorded one of the three clear show jumping rounds. Padraig McCarthy on Mr Chunky, leading after cross-country, withdrew before the show jumping. Zara Tindall on the New Zealand horse Watkins finished eighth after having one rail in the show jumping.
George Mernagh Memorial CIC3*
Padraig McCarthy had some consolation for having to withdraw from the CCI3* when he won the CIC3* competition on Simon Porloe. This event was one of the final selection trials for the Irish Olympic eventing team, so the win could be very influential.
Tim Price finished fifth on Ringwood Sky Boy, notching up a reassuring clear round, with 17.6 time faults, but a good preparation for Luhmühlen. It was always his plan to go for a steady clear as a warm-up for the four-star challenge.
Jock was ninth on Angus Blue, a clear cross-country with 11.2 time faults. No competitors finished the course within the time; the fastest was the winner with just four.
A number of horses were withdrawn before cross-country, including New Zealander Tim Rusbridge with Oneforthenotebook. Some riders were concerned that the ground had become too hard, which is an unusual problem for Ireland!
So, Tattersalls is over for another year and while there were no Kiwi winners, there were some good placings in general. Jock Paget’s third in the CCI1* on Optimus Prime is a solid result for the New Zealand horse. Zazu is another exciting prospect for Jock; they finished fifth. James Avery also should be well pleased with his eighth on Cadillac.
The Prices went home with a few ribbons; Tim’s best placing was second in the CCIYH1* on Kincooley Cruising and Jonelle’s second in the 2* may be a sign of things to come on the cool young Cooley Showtime. Dan’s young team also performed well and, like the Prices, he is heading off to Bramham International.
Tattersalls really is a lovely event, very frantic with three days of cross-country, but well worth the visit. If you are planning a trip to Ireland, we suggest that this could be one to include in your itinerary, and maybe it will even be sunny throughout the whole competition again!
If you want to relive the event, there’s a video available on this link.