Mayo’s Michael G Duffy and the 11-year-old gelding Chappo Chey won the two-star Grand Prix at Valkenswaard in The Netherlands on Sunday.
The Irish combination came out on top after a hugely competitive 18 horse jump-off. The Mayo rider posted the winning clear in a time of 38.41 seconds to finish ahead of Britain’s Jack Whitaker in second with Parkmore Rowan while Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts took third with Le Blue Diamond v’t Ruytershof.
Later at the same venue, a double clear round from Tipperary’s Shane Breen and Z7 Ipswich helped New York Empire to a third place finish in the Global Champions League while Breen and Z7 Ipswich also finished third individually.
Last night in the United States, Limerick’s Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu finished fifth in the 50th annual $213,300 American Gold Cup at Traverse City, Michigan, following their double clear round.
Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney finished eighth with Rocksy Music as victory went to America’s Kent Farrington with Gazelle.