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Jack Brennan takes the win in Galway

Jack Brennan led the victory lap today in the GAIN Alltech National Grand Prix at Galway Equestrian. Riding Sinead Brennan’s MHS High Hopes, a clear in 37.53 saw the Kilkenny rider walk away with the winner’s share of the €4,000. The pairing was one of two double clears in a time of 37.53 seconds. Bred by Ita Brennan the 12-year-old gelding is by Quidam Junior 1 and is out of the Cavalier sired dam Gowran Lady.

There was a good turn out for the third leg of the national series with 38 combinations taking on the Tom Holden designed track. From the original starters, seven combinations booked their place against the clock. It was an exciting class with Jake Hunter following closely behind with Cento Blue, stopping the clock in a time of 38.27 seconds to claim the runner-up spot. Owned by Sandra Duffy/ Ireland Horse Sport & Leisure Ltd, Cento Blue is a 14-year-old gelding by Centadel and out of Chacco Blue sired dam Dolcetta.

Junior Rider Paddy Reape proved out of luck when he had one on the ground with Jonathan Reape’s Creevagh Special in a time of 40.68 for third place. Bred by the late Ronnie Hollinger, the 13-year old mare is by Camiro De Haar Z and is out of Creevagh Harlequin Lady.

Anthony O’ Regan and Feedback also finished on four faults, but in a slower time of 41.51 for fourth place. Owned by Jackie Moloney, the 12-year-old German bred gelding is by First Selection and out of Rieke.

Jake Hunter took another share of the prize fund as he filled fifth place with the Jonathan Reape and Cathal McMunn owned gelding, Incredible. The combination finished on four faults in a time of 41.70 seconds. This gelding is by Zavall VDL and is out of Urloma. Lee Carey opted to play it safe with Kan Cruise, but despite the careful approach he finished on four faults in a time of 46.39 for sixth place. Bred by John Carey and now owned by Leo Carey, the 10-year-old gelding is by Kannan and out of Ms Cruise.