Coyle claims fifth Spring Tour win

Daniel Coyle hammered home his dominance of the HSI/Blue Grass Spring Tour at Mullingar on Saturday when notching up his fifth win of the series.

With two legs remaining — the second in Coilog carrying points-and-a-half — the Derry teenager has defended his title in decisive fashion, with Linzi Johnston’s Uptown Girl playing a prominent part.

Mullingar proved no different, as the mare carried Coyle to victory with over a second to spare on John Floody, riding King’s Best and Thomas O’Brien and Valentino T third.

With neither Coyle, nor Floody at Clare Equestrian Centre yesterday for the second of the weekend double-header, it was left to O’Brien and Valentino T to take the honours.

The organisers battled hard to overcome atrocious weather conditions at the Ennis venue, where Stephen Moore and Merlin’s Magic were the runners up, followed by Liam O’Meara on Mr Coolcaum.

In the Saut Hermes Grand Prix at the five-star show in Paris, France, four faults for Denis Lynch and Abbervail van het Dingeshof in the first round ended the Tipperary rider’s bid for a slice of the €200,000 prizefund.

Earlier, Lynch had ridden Lantinus to third place in a 1.50m two-phase class. Bertram Allen rode the grey mare Molly Malone to victory in a jump-off contest for under-25s.

At the three star show in Lummen, Belgium, Tipperary’s Shane Breen took the top spot in a 1.45m jump-off on Balloon, with Limerick’s Joan Greene sixth on Biscaya d’Eversem.

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