LOUTH's Mark McAuley and the Nicole Mordasini-owned mare Jacintha v. Kriekenhof took victory in today’s (Saturday) 1.45m speed class at the five-star World Cup show in Bordeaux, France. They crossed the line clear in 58.24 seconds to finish half-a-second ahead of Germany’s Michael Jung in second with Fischerdaily Impressed, while Wexford’s Bertram Allen took third place with GK Casper (58.97).
Meanwhile, on Friday night at Peelbergen three-star show in The Netherlands, Co Clare’s Eoin McMahon recorded a superb win with Chacon in the 1.50m Milestone Farm Prize. Drawn second last to go, McMahon and the 13-year-old gelding snatched the win from Leopold van Asten (NED) with VDL Groep Miss Untouchable who had been in the lead.
“To be honest I thought I had no chance to catch Leopold,” McMahon said after the class. “I just tried to do my own round and go as fast as I could with my horse, and everything just worked out so smooth. I could not really believe that I was faster. I thought I did a good round, but I know Leopold’s mare is crazy quick so I thought the clock must be broken or something!” laughed the 23-year-old Irish rider.
“My boss Ludger Beerbaum rode the horse before and had a lot of success with him in five-star Grand Prix classes. Then Philipp Weishaupt took him over, and he also won some good classes with him like the Speed Challenge in Hong Kong. So, I was very lucky that I got him when I came to Ludger last summer - he has been such a good horse for me," said a delighted Eoin McMahon.