Dermott Lennon proved to be the man to beat at the Tattersalls Ward Union Summer Show, scoring back to back wins in the two feature classes over the weekend.
Triumphant in Saturday’s round of the National Grand Prix League with MJM Pursuit, Lennon was assured victory today (Sunday) as the only double clear in the €10,000 TRM/ HSI New Heights Champions Series with Gelvins Touch.
The leading owner prize of the Tipperary Crystal engraved vase and bottle of champagne went to Victoria Loane while Lennon’s groom Michael was awarded the €200 cash groom’s prize.
Lennon and the 12-year-old Touchdown-sired Gelvins Touch have an established partnership which includes such notable results as a third place finish in the Hickstead Derby and a fourth place finish in the Dublin Puissance in 2017.
Lennon has already featured in the New Heights Champions Series this season with Gelvins Touch taking third in the opening round at the Meadows EC as well as finishing just outside the top six at the most recent leg of the series in Omagh.
Tom Holden set the challenge for the starting 35 with a total of nine guaranteed a place in the timed decider which became an even eight taking on the shortened and raised course when Clem McMahon opted to withdraw. Lennon had a decisive win when of course delivering the only clear round in the jump-off but also recording the fastest time of the day at 43.19 seconds.
Greg Broderick was the fastest of the four faulters when stopping the clock at 44.61 with BP Hybernia to take the runner-up position.
Bred by Noel Cawley, BP Hybernia is by Flex A Bill out of the Clover Hill-sired dam Ballinakill Clover. This combination are qualified for the international seven and eight-year-old class at the Dublin Horse Show.
Peter Smyth took third place in the line-up with the Kroongraaf-sired eight-year-old mare CHS Krooze. A successful mount for Smyth through the aged divisions, including featuring as runner-up in the 2017 Cavan Classic Six and Seven-Year-Old Final, CHS Krooze has most recently featured in the line-up in the National Grand Prix at Omagh Show.
It proved to be a day for up and coming horses with yet another eight-year-old filling fourth place. The Luidam-sired GRC Acapella, ably piloted by Gemma Phelan, had a single error in a time of 46.66. Also set for the Dublin Horse Show, Phelan and GRC Acapella are another combination to feature in the National Grand Prix League with a top three finish at Coilog EC.
Darragh Ryan, recently second in the leg of the Series at Omagh, continued his run of good form with the Diamant de Semilly-sired Rincoola Rua when crossing the line in 48.60 which would prove good enough for fifth place on this occasion.
Captain Geoff Curran, currently sitting highly in the rankings with Shannondale Rahona and Hallowberry Cruz, put yet another horse on the board when completing the top six aboard Dollanstown. Aiming for a steady clear, Curran was out of luck when lowering a pole in a time of 51.00.
TRM/HSI New Heights Champions Series Tattersalls Show July 22nd Full Result
1st: Dermott Lennon, Gelvins Touch (0/0-43.19)
2nd: Greg Broderick, BP Hybernia (0/4-44.61)
3rd: Peter Smyth, CHS Krooze (0/4-46.41)
4th: Gemma Phelan, GRC Acapella (0/4-46.66)
5th: Darragh Ryan, Rincoola Rua (0/4-48.60)
6th:Cpt. Geoff Curran, Dollanstown (0/4-51.00)
7th: Jessica Burke, Express Trend (0/4-55.34)
8th: Peter Smyth, Templepatrick Welcome Limerick (4/4-55.01)
9th: Clem McMahon, Hilton Pacato (4/ WD)
10th: Tim MacDonagh, Tick Tock Tina (4)
Numbers declared: 42
Number of starters: 35
Through to the second round: 9
Double Clears: 1
Highest Placed Young Rider: Tim MacDonagh
Winning Owner: Victoria Loane
Winning Groom: Dermot Lennon’s Groom, Michael