MIKEY Pender returned from his tour in the UAE last week but continued his winning streak at the three-star show in Portugal in Thursday’s 1.45m Longines ranking class.

The Kildare native guided Marion Hughes’ home-bred Irish Sport Horse gelding HHS Burnchurch (Heritage Fortunus x Cavalier Royale) to victory in the 1.45m two-phase class to earn €6,350. The pair were the quickest of 11 double clear rounds, from 40 starters, in a time of 34.62 seconds. Dermott Lennon scored third place with MJM Holdings Ltd’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse MJM Pursuit (N-Aldato x Limmerick), bred by Cyril Ferguson, when clear in 34.88 seconds, while the Irish pair were split by Britain’s Guy Williams in second with Rouge de Ravel (0/0 34.72).