PADRAIG McCarthy was thrilled to land an impressive victory in the CCI4*-L at Barroca d’Alva in Portugal aboard Leonidas II last weekend.

The 16-year-old gelding, who joined McCarthy’s yard following the retirement of Sir Mark Todd last summer, is owned by Diane Brunsden and Peter Cattell. The pair opened with a dressage score of 31.1 to lie in second place.