Kevin Gallagher and The Irish Sport Horse BP Limitless win Irish Breeders Classic Final
- 31 August 2020, 19:21
Sligo’s Kevin Gallagher and The Irish Sport Horse BP Limitless have today (Monday) been crowned winners of the lucrative 2020 Irish Breeders Classic 5 & 6 year-old final at Barnadown in Co Wexford.
A massive €34,000 was up for grabs in what is one of Europe’s richest young horse competitions and now in its ninth year. The final day of competition was moved forward a day following heavy rain at the Wexford venue on Friday and competitors and organisers were rewarded with clear skies and perfect jumping conditions on the revised final day.
From the qualifiers held over the weekend, the top 25 horses went forward to the final. Gallagher and BP Limitless, who is owned by Max O’Reilly Hyland and bred by Austin Broderick, came out on top after a 14 horse jump-off. All of the top four horses at the finish were 5-year-old’s, including Muze Abby Moyne with Ethen Ahearne who finished as runners-up, while Colui filled third spot ridden by Thomas O’Brien.
In the earlier €20,000 Sweet Oak Farm USA Grand Prix, Dermott Lennon took the winners prize with L’Esprit Hero after a 12 horse jump-off. The former World Champion finished just over a tenth of a second ahead of Jenny Rankin in second with Entertainer, while Peter Smyth took third place with Templepatrick Welcome Limmerick.
The 7 & 8 year-old Irish Breeders Classic Final was won by Greg Broderick with Coolivio PS. Clem McMahon and TJM Amour Fou finished second, while third place went to Seamus Hayes with Clarton Clazou Z.