Kilkenny’s Ger O’Neill riding the Martin Egan owned gelding Hyakari, won Coilog’s second qualifier for this year’s Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old International class, to be held at The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
Hyakari is by the stallion Cicero out of a dam by Mont Royal and speaking afterwards Ger O’Neill said,
“I have only had this horse about six weeks and this was my first time going against the clock with him, so I am delighted to win a jump-off with 18 horses. It is brilliant to qualify for this Connolly’s RED MILLS sponsored 7 & 8 Year Olds class at the RDS as all my horses are fed on RED MILLS. I have to say I find the RED MILLS Horse Care Cubes really fantastic for any horses with gastric ulcers”.
Neal Fearon took runner-up spot with another seven year old stallion Camillo VDL, (by VDL Douglas out of a Baloubet Du Rouet dam), while Seamus Hayes took third with the Cassini II sired stallion Chipolini VM Z who is owned by Tina Mc Dermott.
The fourth qualifying spot for the prestigious Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 year-old International class at the RDS went to Daryl Walker with, Manuela Martinelli’s eight-year-old mare Cushions, who is by Flex a Bill out of a Flagmount Diamond dam.
The fifth and final ticket to the RDS on offer at Coilog went to another eight–year-old, Killian Browne with his own gelding Georgie D’Auvray, by Vancouver D’Auvray out of a Nabab De Reve dam.
This is the third year that Connolly’s RED MILLS have sponsored this prestigious International competition, which features the top twenty combinations from four qualifiers held around Ireland, who are then joined at the Dublin Horse Show by up to twenty-four additional International entries from around the world.
The third qualifier for the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 year-old International class at the RDS will take place on June 11th at Barnadown Equestrian Centre, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Result – Result Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year old – Second RDS Qualifier – Coilog Co Kildare 21 May 2014 (Faults and times not available at time of going to print)
1. Hyakari and Gerard O Neill
2. Camillo VDL and Neal Fearon
3. Chipolini VMZ and Seamus Hayes
4. Cushions and Darryl Walker
5. Georgie D’Auvray and Kilian Browne
Result – Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old – First RDS Qualifier – The Meadows 7 May 2014
1. Greg Broderick/ Javas Keltic Mist – Owner Elizabeth Forte C/C 43.34
2. Sean Kavanagh/Brookwood Supersonic – Owner Pat Duffy C/C 47.14
3. Alexander Butler/Hallowberry Cruz – Owner Caroline Byrne C/C 47.73
4. Declan Egan/Cristobar – Owner Deirdre Bourns C/C 48.46
5. Shannon Mackenzie/Bens Lady Lux – Owner Karen Mackenzie C/4 38.08