Greg Broderick and The Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global delivered an all-important clear round, which crucially was also the fastest of the competition, to secure Ireland’s place in Saturday night’s €1.5 million Nations Cup World Final at the Real Club De Polo in Barcelona.
Tipperary’s Shane Breen and Golden Hawk were first into the ring for the Irish, and looked to be heading for a clear round when approaching the final line. The pair faulted at the troublesome combination and the final planks, two fences which would prove hugely influential as several of the world’s top horses and riders faulted on this difficult line.
Darragh Kenny from Offaly and Go Easy De Muze knocked a single rail when second to go, before Denis Lynch and All Star 5 came home with just four faults.
Ireland’s Rio Olympic combination, Greg Broderick and The Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global, had to produce a clear round, but also needed to be fast, as Ireland, the Netherlands or Brazil, were set to miss out on a place in the final on the combined times of their riders.
Broderick and his 10 year old gelding never looked like touching a pole and finished with the fastest time of the 72 starters that included Olympic Gold Medallists Nick Skelton and Big Star from Britain.
Ireland’s combined time of 228.84 seconds saw them finish over two seconds faster that the Dutch (231.20 seconds), with Brazil missing out on a place in the final by just over one second.
Horse Sport Ireland Show Jumping Team Manager Robert Splaine was thrilled with the achievement, stating:
“I am absolutely delighted, particularly for the owners and for the riders. We had a very good draw (second last to go) and as anchor man, Greg and MHS Going Global did what was required to perfection. Shane, Darragh and Denis had gotten us to a position where we could qualify but it would require something special from Greg as anchor man, to secure qualification for Saturday’s FEI Furusiyya final. ”
Ireland will face Germany, USA, Belgium, Switzerland, Britain, Italy and The Netherlands in the World Final tonight in what is the richest team Show Jumping competition on the calendar.