DERRY’s Jordan Coyle was once again on winning form at the five-star and two-star show in Thermal, California. His win came in the two-star $37,300 Pomponio Ranch 1.45m with the 10-year-old mare Costa Diam.
The pair posted the winning time in 67.08 seconds. Little stood between the placings as Arturo Parada Vallejo and Quidamo 10 galloped home in 67.15 for second place.
In the proceeding class, the 1.45m, Coyle secured fourth place with Centriko Volo, when clear in 66.60 seconds. Winner of the class was Alberto Michan and Bugatti, clear in 65.29.
Coyle added another victory to his record on Saturday as he led the victory lap in the 1.45m jump-off class. Riding Costa Diam, he secured the win when he came home clear in a time of 32.30. His closest rivals were Kyle King and Sig Chiari who clocked 33.43.
Jordan’s brother Daniel also won again at the venue. He guided Ariel Grange’s home-bred eight-year-old mare Langley to victory in the Welcome Stakes. Third last to go over Alan Wade’s track, he posted the winning time of 56.08, beaten Israel’s Ashlee Bond into second place with Boheme De Fleyres.
To open competition on Friday morning, Coyle landed in the top position once again, this time aboard Ariel Grange’s Gisborne VDL. The duo took the top spot in the $30,000 Brown Advisory 1.45m Open Classic, besting 45 entries. Just behind him in the second position was Jose Maria Quintana with Cross Creek Farms’ Chaccala, and James Arkins took third with Joevaro N.
Cork’s Simon McCarthy was runner-up in Friday’s five-star 1.50m. One of eight to make it through to the jump-off aboard Rock Ridge Farms’ Gotcha, he posted a great clear in 33.59 seconds to slot in behind USA’s winner Kent Farrington who raced to victory with Orafina in 32.72.
Darragh Kenny was runner-up in Sunday’s five-star 1.50m with Vlock Show Stables’ 11-year-old stallion Chic Chic. In total 26 lined out and four Irish riders finished in the top six. Kenny answered all the questions and was one of the four double clears in a time of 40.71.
One place behind was Mark Kinsella and Ben Asselin’s Quality H, who was less than a second behind, clear in 41.44. Lorcan Gallagher was last of the double clears with Copycat, crossing the line in a time of 48.19 for fourth place.
Daniel Coyle proved that the time could be beaten, clocking 39.09, but four faults would mean that he had to contend with fifth place. Winner of the class was Canada’s Erynn Ballard and Narcotique V/H Dingenshof, in a time of 39.75.
Fresh from winning a recent five-star Grand Prix, Daniel Coyle was best of the Irish when fourth in last weekend’s equivalent. Riding Ariel Grange’s prolific winner Legacy, he faulted once in the first round to finish fourth. Darragh Kenny was fifth with Teddy Vlock’s Volnay du Boisdeville, while Jordan Coyle finished sixth aboard Elan Farm’s Ariso.