CARLOW’s Jason Foley and the Irish Sport Horse Rockwell RC claimed an impressive win in last Friday’s 1.45m jump-off class at the two-star show in Lier, Belgium.
Rockwell RC (ISH) is an eight-year-old mare by Kannan (KWPN) out of Urban Sea (Guidam). Owned by Sean Cubitt, she was bred by Ronan Byrne in Co Kilkenny. The pair came home with nothing to add in a blistering time of 39.76. Foley’s closest rival was Max Thiroun who crossed the line over a second slower with Utopie Villelongue.
Foley then guided Warriors Glory to third place in the a 1.40m, when they put in a blistering round in a time of 56.22. Further down the line in fifth place were Dermott Lennon and Anthem In My Heart, clear in 57.96.
Foley rode at Ger O’Neill’s Castlefield Stables for many years before moving to Sean Cubitt’s Bruntwood Stables at the end of August and the pair have had plenty of success to date.
Tipperary’s Thomas Ryan won Saturday’s 1.40m final at the venue aboard Lovsta Stuteru AB’s 12-year-old Karmel Van de Watering. The pair were the best of 12 clears in the jump-off, breaking the beam in 37.31 seconds to win close to €2,000.
Also in the line-up was Jason Foley and Warriors Glory, who also maintained a clean sheet, albeit in a slower time of 38.47.
Foley was best of the Irish contingent in Sunday’s 1.45m Grand Prix, slotting into sixth place with Lyonel D. They were among six combinations to make it through to the jump-off, but eight faults put them out of contention. Lyonel D is owned by Guy Bloodstock Ltd. Victory in the Grand Prix went to France’s Max Thirouin with Utopie Villelongue.
Another Irish rider to score a two-star win was Galway’s Sven Hadley. He won the opening 1.35m two-phase of the show aboard Louise Carroll’s Fabuleu VD Watertoren. From 76 starters, there were 34 clears and Hadley was fastest of them all in 26.87 seconds. Foley also featured in this line-up, taking fourth with Home Farm Equestrian’s Lady Angeles, clear in 28.05.
Hadley was third in Saturday’s 1.35m Table A, once again riding Fabuleu VD Watertoren, clear in 56.71, when victory went to The Netherlands’ Yoni van Santvoort with Ileva S (0/ 56.26).
Hadley added to his tally when he claimed fourth place in the CSI1* 1.30m, coming home with nothing to add in a time of 59.37 with the Carroll Produce-owned Kabran De Reve Z. On the final day, the pair claimed the runner-up spot in the 1.30m, when they delivered a clear in a time of 30.74.