Ireland drawn fourth to jump in Friday’s Aga Khan as Mark McAuley adds to Irish wins at Dublin Horse Show

  • 8 August 2019, 17:59

The home team Ireland have been drawn fourth to jump in tomorrow’s (Friday) much anticipated Longines FEI Nations Cup of Ireland for the Aga Khan Trophy at the 2019 Stena Line Dublin Horse Show.

Italy will be the first of the seven teams to enter the RDS Ballsbridge arena when the competition gets underway at 3pm, followed by Britain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden and The Netherlands, while last years winners Mexico will be last to jump.

Irish team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has confirmed his team order, with Ireland’s most capped rider Cian O’Connor, getting the home side underway with PSG Final. He will be followed by Limerick’s Paul O’Shea riding Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu. Cork’s Shane Sweetnam will be third to go of the Irish riders with Chaqui Z, while Offaly’s Darragh Kenny, boosted by the news that he is up to 13th on the latest world rankings, will be Ireland’s anchor rider with Important De Muze.

The 2019 Irish Aga Khan team sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange with from left Jane Hurley from Devenish, Darragh Kenny, Cian O’Connor, Rodrigo Pessoa (team manager), Paul O’Shea, Shane Sweetnam and Geffrey Frawley from Devenish during the Aga Khan team photo at the RDS in Dublin (Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile)

Friday’s competition will be the last round of 2019 Longines FEI Nations Cup series, following which the top seven teams on the league table will qualify for the Nations Cup World Final. Ireland currently sit in fifth place on the table and this years final, which will be held in Barcelona in October, offers the added bonus of having the very last team qualification place on offer for the Tokyo Olympics.

RTE 2 TV will broadcast live coverage of Friday’s Longines FEI Nations Cup of Ireland for the Aga Khan Trophy with the programme starting at 1.45pm.

Thursday’s action at the RDS saw Co Louth’s Mark McAuley record Ireland’s fourth win of the week so far. He led an Irish 1-2 in the Speed Derby by Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, taking victory with Miebello. He finished .09 of a second ahead of Cian O’Connor in second with Diego, while Switzerland’s Barbara Schnieper finished third with Dickens II.

The later Stablelab Stakes saw Tipperary’s Denis Lynch and GC Chopin’s Bushi finish as runner-up. Third place went to his fellow Tipperary rider Shane Breen with Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker. America’s World No.5 McLain Ward halted the Irish run of victories after he came out on top with Noche De Ronda.

On Wednesday’s opening day of the Dublin Horse Show, Irish riders claimed victory in all three international competitions on offer, with wins for Cormac Hanley, Cian O’Connor and Paul O’Shea.

The Irish Show Jumping team is sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange
Equiline – Official athlete clothing supplier of Team Ireland Equestrian

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