Irish rider Joseph Murphy took the lead in the main CCI three star class at Ballindenisk’s International Horse Trials in Co. Cork on Saturday, after going clear on the cross-country aboard his own Ricardo Z Irish Sport Horse gelding Sportsfield Othello.
The Mullingar-born eventer held his dressage score of 50.8, with his nearest challenger, Britain’s Izzy Taylor and Thistledown Poposki, on a penalty score of 53.2.
Britain’s Oliver Townend, who was bidding for the Goresbridge Go For Gold €50,000 bonus on the Master Imp Irish Sport Horse Imperial Master saw his hopes dashed on the cross country when he was eliminated.
Carlow’s Sam Watson leads the CCI2* class with the Puissance-sired Irish Sport Horse gelding Imperial Sky.
In the CIC2*, New Zealand’s Jonelle Richards and Aloha retained their dressage lead after the cross-country. The previous day the combination scored a 10 from one of the judges.