Aussie Tapner takes out Tatts feature; Fox-Pitt wins again

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Britain's William Fox-Pitt on Secret Night with British Equestrian Federation Dressage Coach Traci Robinson at Tattersalls. 
CCI2* winners, Britain’s William Fox-Pitt on Secret Night, with British Equestrian Federation Dressage Coach Traci Robinson at Tattersalls. © Lorraine O’Sullivan

Popular Australian eventer Paul Tapner rode Prince Mayo to win the feature class at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair at the weekend.

The crowds roared as Tapner and Prince Mayo produced a clear round of jumping to win The Irish Field CCI3*. It was a popular victory as Prince Mayo was bred in Ireland by Fred and Penny Barker.

The combination was in third place after dressage, then moved up to second after cross-country, then won the class with a clear round in the final jumping phase, finishing on their dressage score of 44.80.

Paul Tapner and Prince Mayo on their victory lap for The Irish Field CCI3* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials on Sunday.
Paul Tapner and Prince Mayo on their victory lap for The Irish Field CCI3* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials on Sunday. © Prime Photography

In second place was Britain’s Flora Harris riding Cooley Lord Lux, who moved up from 11th place after dressage to finish on 60.90. In third place was another Brit, Michael Owen and The Highland Prince, who finished the competition with 62.90.

Padraig McCarthy and Simon Porloe took out the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* at Tattersalls on Sunday.
Padraig McCarthy and Simon Porloe took out the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* at Tattersalls on Sunday. © Prime Photography

CIC3*

Ireland dominated in the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3*, but two New Zealand riders stopped the home side from filling the top eight places in the class.

The nail-biting finale was won by Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy on his own Simon Porloe. Austin O’Connor and Kilpatrick Knight led going into the final cross-country phase, but McCarthy and Simon Porloe produced the faster round to take the title on a score of 49.60, leaving O’Connor in second on 51.90.

Third place went to Jonty Evans who finished on 54.90 with Cooley Rorkes Drift, while fourth went to Mark Kyle and Jemilla on 60.50.

New Zealand’s Tim Price finished fifth on Ringwood Sky Boy, and the remainder of the top 10 were Irish riders, barring the ninth place by Kiwi Jonathan Paget on Angus Blue.

William Fox-Pitt on the podium for the Eventing Ireland CCI2*, with second placed Jonelle Price and third placegetter Oliver Townend.
William Fox-Pitt on the podium for the Eventing Ireland CCI2*, with second placed Jonelle Price and third placegetter Oliver Townend. © Prime Photography

CCI2*

There were scenes of joy and celebration as Britain’s William Fox-Pitt took to the podium for the 10th time at Tattersalls.

Fox-Pitt, who was returning to the form of his life after his recent accident, followed up on his win in the CCI1* yesterday, by landing the Eventing Ireland CCI2* class riding Catherine Witt’s Secret Night.

The pair went straight into the lead after dressage on 39.70 and maintained the lead right throughout the competition on a clean sheet. In second place was New Zealand’s Jonelle Price and Cooley Showtime on a clean sheet and finishing 39.70 and in third place was Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and Ridire Dorcha on a score of 42.00.

Tom Jackson and Dusty won the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI2* Under-24 class at Tattersalls on Sunday.
Tom Jackson and Dusty won the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI2* Under-24 class at Tattersalls on Sunday. © Prime Photography

CCI2*U24

British riders filled the top five places in the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI2* Under-24 class on Sunday. Heading the class was Tom Jackson, who led from start to finish on Dusty to finish on their dressage score of 43.70.

David Doel and Kiltubrid Rhapsody finished in second on 49.40, and Hector Payne and Dynasty finishing in third on 50.90.

Jackson was also fourth on Carpa du Buisson Z with 54.70, and in fifth was Millie Dumas on Penhill Touch of Class with 54.90.

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