It comes as Carl Hanley, the new co-owner of Ard Ginger Pop, confirmed yesterday that the five-year-old star-in-the-making has got a wild card for Lanaken and will be ridden by Brazilian Marlon Zaontelli.
Hanley and Enda Carroll splashed out €95,000 for Ard Ginger Pop and €50,000 for Talks Cheap last Friday at an auction of elite show jumpers organised to coincide with the Irish Breeders Classic.
Talks Cheap went on to win Sunday’s lucrative Classic, but rider Alexander Butler is also lining up for the nations cup in Arezzo, Italy, and, as of yesterday, Hanley said efforts to get a Lanaken wild card for the six-year-old mare and replacement rider Alex Duffy had been unsuccessful.
Hanley said the rule forbidding a switch of rider after qualification needed examination.
“As a supporter of Lanaken, Enda has got a wild card for Ard Ginger Pop, to be ridden by Marlon Zanotelli.
“We were of the opinion that another rider could compete Talks Cheap, but we found out otherwise since. It’s a major attraction to see your horse compete in Lanaken, so we are disappointed. As far as we know, it’s a rule applied by Horse Sport Ireland, and we think it should be changed. I think it would be beneficial for the sale of Irish horses.
Horse Sport Ireland director of breeding Alison Corbally last night said the rule exists to ensure consistency. “It is the horse and rider combination that win the slot for Lanaken and the only way another rider can be substituted is for medical reasons,” she said.
Broderick is part of the Irish squad for next week’s nations cup in Italy, but would have been expected to compete Super Chilled and Alberta Mist — winners of the Dublin Horse Show finals for six-year-olds and the five-year-olds, respectively — at Lanaken. He felt compelled to go south, however.
“It’s very disappointing that both shows clashed, especially since I produce so many young horses; you always want to ride in the world championships. I’ve been lucky in Lanaken, wining a bronze and gold, and sold horses there. It is a show that I really wanted to go to,” said Broderick, who struck gold last year with Arraghbeg Clover.
“At the start of the year, I aimed Going Global to do his first nations cup in Arezzo. It’s the promotional league, and it is an ideal stepping stone for an eight-year-old,” said the Tipperary rider, who is already in the Mediterranean country for the first of two weeks of competition.
Five-year-old Irish Sport Horses: Deep Pockets (Jim Derwin), Graf Balouprint (Catherine Thornton), LCC Crystal (Linda Courtney), LCC Puss N Boots (Lucy Buchanan), LCC Troy (Linda Courtney). Six-year-old horses: Good Lux Lucy (Daniela O’Toole), Highly Efficient (Tholm Keane), LCC Hello Kate (Lucy Buchanan), Lenamore Lucy Lou (Kenneth Graham), Mini Cruzano (Thomas O’Brien). Seven-year-old horses: Brookwood Supersonic (Sean Kavanagh), Erne Ladygoldilocks (Francis Connors), KMS Clintland (Neal Fearon), Lates Du Carel (Francis Connors), Shantonagh (Nicola FitzGibbon),
The McCann family and Hartwell Stud this week announced the death of the legendary stallion Cruising. He passed away peacefully last Sunday at the grand age of 29 in the stable where he was born. Following a hugely successful career with Trevor Coyle, Cruising went on to become one of the most influential sires in Irish sport horse breeding.
* Tipperary rider Joanna Penfold won the €2,500 HSI Amateur Championship at Whites Cross Charity Gymkhana in Cork last weekend. Course builder Tony Hurley distilled the 40 entrants to a 12-horse jump-off in which AA rider Penfold and the Cruising gelding King Cruise had over half a second to spare on Aoife Maguire, from Meath, with Mane Attraction. Kerry’s Jerome Foley filled third place on Portphilip Discocruise.
It was the 40th anniversary of the popular gymkhana, which was held at the Munster Agricultural Society showgrounds at Curraheen Rd, and which had prizemoney of almost €7,000.
The O’Brien’s Saddlery €1,000 90cms horse championship went to WEC Irish and Paul Tarpey, while Patrick Joyce from Killeagh in Co Cork claimed the €1,000 Lucky Meadows 1.10m horse class with Sean Moher’s Nelgara Vixen.
Wexford raider Ann Lambert proved best in the Dunmore House Hotel 1.20m class aboard Killinick Bouncer.
The open pony classes were dominated by Cork riders, with the Hennessy Service Station 128cms €1,000 Grand Prix won by Clonakilty’s Alexandra McGeoghan Santry on Garryndruig Ringo Star. Bandon’s Abbie Sweetnam and Orchid’s Vera took top prize in the €1,000 148cms 1.10m Grand Prix.
The 148cms GP went to Hannah O’Shea aboard Cinderella Girl.
* Francis Connors holds a seven-point lead on Seamus Hayes heading into Sunday’s final of the Connolly’s Red Mills Munster Grand Prix League at Banteer Show.
Hold onto pole position and Connors will pick up €3,000. Relinquish it to Hayes and he must make do with the €1,000 on offer to the runner-up in a league dominated by the pair.
The Premier Ponies national finals will also be a big draw at the show, which takes place at Curraheen Rd.