Going to €50,000 to secure Talks Cheap at auction last week has paid off for buyers Carl Hanley and Enda Carroll, after the six-year-old mare won the world’s richest young horse show jumping competition, The Irish Breeders Classic Final in Co Wexford.
Less than 48 hours after buying the mare over the phone at the IBC Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers at Goresbridge, the couple flew in from Europe later to see their new acquisition perform. They returned home delighted after Alexander Butler expertly guided Talks Cheap to victory in the €45,000 competition.
Talks Cheap, by Tinaranas Inspector (Indoctro) and out of Dreaming (Colin Diamond) produced a double clear round in 39.76 seconds, giving Butler his first IBC win, while Declan Egan also grabbed a huge slice of the prize fund when finishing runner-up with CSF Mr Croon (41.79).
The highest placed five year old in the competition, CSF Mr Kroon is by Kroongraaf out of a Cavalier Royale mare and is owned by Deirdre Bourns.
The Mary Bolger owned six year-old Kilcannon Cavaquin was third, the daughter of Harlequin Du Carel was ridden by Jason Higgins and stopped the clock in 46.71 seconds as one of five double-clear rounds.
Two Waterford riders were next on the standings, Peter Moloney taking fourth place with ESI Carvaliho, just ahead of Francis Connors in fifth with Erne Luxetta.
Winner of the 2013 IBC final with Arraghbeg Clover, Greg Broderick finished sixth this time round with Super Chilled, the fastest of the four faulters in the second round, while Ard Ginger Pop, who was sold at the IBC auction for the hefty price of €95,000, slotted into s eventh place with Ger O Neill.
• In the Irish Breeders Classic four year-old final at Barnadown, six horses shared the first prize.
Grovine Class Act (Patrick Byrne) owned by J. W. Foley, TJM Country Quality (Taylor Vard) owned by Roisin Byrne, Essemar Crixus (Jordan Coyle,) owned by J. Doyle and A. Palmer, Cooley By Name (Jenny Rankin) owned by Deirdre Bourns, Castlefield Cass (Ger O’Neill) owned by J. O’Neill and P. O’Byrne, and SRS Dignity (Conor Callahan) owned by Maurice Cousins, all managed to jump clear rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Barnadown to share €5000.
Well known sport horse producers Dave Quigley and Anthony Condon also added an extra bonus of €500, for the for year old horse who was judged to have the most potential and this prize went to SRS Dignity ridden by Conor Callahan.
IRISH BREEDERS CLASSIC – 5 & 6 Year Old Final
1. Alexander Butler/Talks Cheap 0/0 39.76
2. Declan Egan/CSF Mr. Kroon 0/0 41.79
3. Jason Higgins/Kilcannon Cavaquin 0/0 46.71
4. Peter Moloney/ E.S.I Carvaliho 0/0 53.46
5. Francis Connors/Erne Luxetta 0/0 56.10
6. Greg Broderick/Super Chilled 0/4 41.67
7. Ger O Neill/Ard Ginger Pop 0/4 42.12
8. Ethan Ahearne/Glimmering 0/4 42.30
9. Ciara Morris/Tykillen Livella 0/4 44.79
10. Francis Connors/Annaghmore Ustina 0/8 46.29
12 Into Jump-off