WESTMEATH’s Ted O’Leary recorded the only double clear inside the time to win the 10-strong EI110 (J) at Lightsource BP Tyrella (1) last Saturday on his mother Wendy’s My Ballintoghers Cracker Jack (28.3 penalties).
Janet Hall’s winner of the dressage phase was a new combination for 2022, Tom Rowlatt-McCormick and Skyfall Echo (25). However, over a very influential show jumping track, that 14-year-old Clover Echo mare picked up 5.6 penalties while a further four for time on the final leg saw her finish third, just behind the Julia Adams-ridden Milchem Ardeo (32.8) who left a pole on the ground in the show jumping ring.
O’Leary, who also finished fourth with Silver Brog (35.8), is obviously determined to make his mark in the Junior ranks this term with My Ballintoghers Cracker Jack as he and the 2009 piebald gelding didn’t make their seasonal debut until late May last year.
Riding for his father David, 15-year-old Tom Nestor notched up a double in the pony ranks. In the EI110 (P), he and the ultra-consistent 17-year-old bay gelding Freddie (29.8) claimed the notable scalps of last year’s European silver medallists, Ben Connors and the nine-year-old Connemara gelding, Cornafest Fred (32.5). The two Kildare riders completed on their flat work marks as the dressage winner on 29.5, Matthew Love, had a fence down show jumping with Lucky For Some.
Nestor completed his double in the EI100 (P) where he again finished on his first phase score with the Clive Swindell-bred Connemara mare Tullaree Ruby Tuesday (24.3), a nine-year-old by Gun Smoke who was campaigned for much of last season by senior rider, Amanda Goldsbury.
Twenty combinations started in the EI100 (J) where the top two throughout were Alex Byrne on Major Cross (25.3) and Ellen Douglas with Downshire Rock (25.8). This was a first success for Byrne on her mother Debbie’s seven-year-old Insatiable gelding.
Gilford’s Kitty Cullen (11) made a winning debut under Eventing Ireland rules when landing the seven-runner EI90 (P) on her dressage score with Jane Morrow’s Connemara gelding Moyans Dun Deal (24.8), an 18-year-old gelding by Moyans Little Monkey.