Young Irish rider jumps to third Hamburg win

Michael Duffy with Westland Ruby.
Michael Duffy with Westland Ruby. © Stefan Lafrentz

Ireland’s Michael Duffy took his third win at the Global Champions Tour show in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, with a decisive victory in the second of the Derby Qualifiers. 

John Whitaker and  Argento, with Claus Meyer and Volker.
John Whitaker and Argento, with Claus Meyer and Volker. © Thomas Hellmann

The 19-year-old, who was riding Dermot Forde’s Irish Sport Horse mare Westland Ruby, trounced German challenger Philipp Makowei and the ten-year-old Afp S Chantal by a substantial 9.48 seconds in the 62-strong class, and added a further €6,000 to his haul of prize money.

“It’s a very good competition with good prize money. When you want to win you can’t ride slowly,” Duffy said.

Just over two hours later British show jumping legend John Whitaker, who is 38 years older than Duffy, followed with the win in the NFR Trophy. The master of the international show jumping sport yet again left everybody looking slow with his mount Argento.  Whitaker and Argento “scurried” through the course in an uncomplicated and effective manner.

Duffy and Westland Ruby also won the opening class at Hamburg on Wednesday and the first German Derby Qualifier on Thursday, with a comfortable 2.8 seconds in hand over John Whitaker, riding the Belgian-bred gelding Uni Stop.



In Lisbon, Portugal, meanwhile, the Irish Army Equitation School’s Capt. Michael Kelly took a fourth place in the three-star opening competition on the Minister for Defence’s Irish Sport Horse Mullentine Loughgall. Michael G. Duffy from Mayo placed fifth in the same class aboard Dorthe Kristiansen’s nine year-old Eminent.

The Derby final takes place on Sunday.

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