OFFALY’S Darragh Kenny added to a great run of results for Irish riders in Toronto, Canada last week when he took victory in Saturday’s two-star Grand Prix at the venue.
Kenny guided the 10-year-old stallion Irwin (Kannan x Peanuts Z) to a clear jump-off time of 35.13 to push USA’s Kent Farrington and Greya (35.97) into second. Third place also went to Ireland, with Limerick’s Paul O’Shea and the nine-year-old mare Dirty Girl crossing the line clear in 36.51.
It was Kenny’s first show with Irwin who was ridden for the last three years by Denmark’s Emil Hallundbaek.
Derry’s Daniel Coyle earlier led an Irish one-two in the five-star 1.45m at the same venue. Coyle and Ivory TCS took the winner’s prize with a clear second round in 40.81 while Offaly’s Darragh Kenny was his closest challenger to take runner-up spot aboard Vancouver Dreams in a time of 41.12.
Co Down’s Conor Swail and Calciet EB Z were best of the Irish when taking fourth place in Saturday’s feature $250,000 five-star Grand Prix in Toronto. One of eight riders to make it into the jump-off, Swail crossed the line clear in 45.78 seconds against the clock with the 10-year-old mare by Cornet Obolensky whom he began riding less than a month ago. He took over the ride by USA’s Alexis Sokolov.
Victory went to Kent Farrington (USA) and Toulayna in a time of 37.26. Brazil’s Santiago Lambre finished second with Chacco Blue II (0/0 39.10), while USA’s Mimi Gochman took the final step on the podium with Cosmos BH (0/0 39.75).
The Irish Sport Horse gelding Rincoola Milsean finished seventh under USA’s Charlotte Jacobs with a fence down against the clock. The 10-year-old Aldatus gelding was bred by the late Harold McGahern.