Tipperary rider Liam O’Meara recorded a second win at Kildare International in the HSI/Connolly’s RED MILLS Spring when taking today’s opening leg of 2015 tour in great style.
Having won two years previously with Mr Coolcaum, the duo doubled up in a hotly contested opening leg this afternoon in a 17 horse jump off to take the lions share of the €2,500 put up by the host venue.
Tom Holden set a tough track for the 58 starters but such was the quality of today’s field that saw such a big number make the second round.
Going in last, O’Meara knew the task at hand with Sean Kavanagh lying in pole position after a foot perfect round on Brockwood Supersonic. However, the eventual winner managed to shave almost three seconds off Kavanaghs time to shoot to the lead and the win.
Kavanagh settled for second place just ahead of Edward Doyle who held the lead for quite some time off Kris Marshall’s Chirokko M. Billie Jean O’Neill slotted into fourth with J Silky.
The leading Young Rider on the day was former European Gold Medal winner, Max O’Reilly Hyland who also claimed the inaugural Pro/Am section in the Tour.
The next leg of the HSI/Connolly’s RED MILLS Spring Tour will be at Cavan Equestrian Centre next Sunday.
HSI/ Connolly’s RED MILLS Spring Tour 1st Leg – Kildare International Equestrian Centre
1st Liam O’Meara/Mr Coolcaum
2nd Sean Kavanagh/Brockwood Supersonic
3rd Edward Doyle/Chirokko M
4th Billie Jean O’Niell/J Silky
5th Sarah Ennis/BLM Diamond Delux
6th Tholm Keane/Future Storm
17 through to Jump Off
Best Turned Out – Ethen Ahearne/Billy Cavella
Leading Young Rider – Max O’Reilly-Hyland/Dinaro
Leading Pro/Am Rider – Max O’Reilly-Hyland/Dinaro