IRELAND's hopes of Aga Khan glory rest on the shoulders of Bertram Allen, Cian O'Connor, Greg Broderick and Darragh Kenny after chef d'equipe Robert Splaine named his team this evening.
Wexford's Bertram Allen (20) and Romanov (17) will be the first combination into the RDS Main Arena tomorrow afternoon at 3pm in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd.
The Irish quartet, sponsored for the first time by Investec, will line out as follows:
Bertram Allen with Romanov; Greg Broderick with MHS Going Global (ISH); Cian O’Connor with Good Luck and Darragh Kenny with Sans Soucis Z.
Ireland was this morning drawn in the difficult position of first to jump of the eight teams competing.
Meath’s Cian O’Connor will be making his 100th Nations’ Cup appearance for Ireland on Friday, while Tipperary’s Greg Broderick is taking part in his first Aga Khan competition.
Dublin is the last of the Furuiyya FEI Nations’ Cup series for 2015. A total of 10 nations have competed in Europe Division I during the season, and seven of those teams will qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2015 Final which takes place in Barcelona, Spain from September 24th-27th.
Ireland however, will have an even bigger test later this month when it attempts to obtain team qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the European Show Jumping Championships in Aachen, Germany - the last chance to do so for Rio.