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The 147th Dublin Horse Show opened at the RDS on Wednesday morning after a three-year absence.
Irish riders wasted no time in international competition in the main arena and won three international events on the opening day of the show.
It was an Irish 1-5 in the Speed Stakes with Michael Pender and HHS Fortune Parade leading the way. The former Hickstead Derby-winning rider bid farewell to his fellow countrymen as Jordan Coyle (Picador) took the runner-up spot, Dennis Lynch and GC Chopin’s Bushy third, KC Dorian with Daniel Coyle fourth, while ComD Geoff Curran and MHS Gavran completed the class. First five places.
Earlier in the afternoon the Minerva Stakes went to Richard Hawley and fame with a clear round in a time of 49.38 seconds. Sligo-native Rubens took the winner’s €3,300 ahead of Germany-based Tipperary man Dennis Lynch with LS La Silla.
In the opening day’s feature race at The Sport Ireland Classic’s Main Arena, Limerick veteran Paul O’Shea won with his Longines Nations Cup horse, Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu.
On Thursday, the main arena will host the Speed Derby at 1.25pm, with the Anglesey Stakes starting at 3.30pm.
LiveScores are now available on IrishScores.com