In the Lightweight section, there were just two with listed Irish Draught connections - third place Barnacurra Maximus Meridius owned by Amanda Gallagher, ridden by Ian Smeeth and 6th placed Ballarin My Lady, owned by Michael Jerram and ridden by Chris Hunnable.
Disappointingly, there were only 14 forward and the commentator reported that this was due to some owners/riders entering several but only bringing one, which is not against the rules, but certainly seems to be against the spirit of the competition.
In the Middleweights, there were, understandably, more part bred Draughts; In first place was Susan Grainger’s consistent chestnut, Treganick, ridden by a delighted Claire Oliver, closely followed by Bloomfield Valhalla, owned and ridden by Polly Coles.
In 3rd place was Justine Armstrong Small’s Crosstown Dancer gelding, Carlingfords King, ridden by the owner.
In fourth place was ISH It’s The Kings Speech, owned by Mr & Mrs Burley, ridden by Ian Smeeth and in fifth there was Abigail Shaw’s Mr Darcy Dancer (ISH) also by Crosstown Dancer, Ridden by Amy Cook.
In 8th place was Helen Baker’s Mossy (ISH) out of Carrickrock Star Lass, ridden by Trudy Deja.
In the Heavy Weights, as was expected, the Irish Draught influence really shone through, with some beautiful pure and part Bred Irish Draughts on parade. Of the 26 entries, a staggering 19 had Irish Draught blood!
In 3rd place was HM The Queen’s Tower Bridge, by Avanti Amorous Archie, Ridden by Chris Hunnable; fourth place went to Rosa Dancer, a son of Crosstown Dancer, owned by J Lockwood, ridden by Lucy Lockwood; Fifth place went to Henrietta Spencer’s Lord John; ridden by the owner, this is another Crosstown Dancer son and standing in sixth place was Orions Cruiser, also by Crosstown Dancer, owned and ridden by Rhys Harper.
In seventh place was Vision Impossible, by Classic Vision, owned by Claudine O’Connor, Ridden by Rory Gilsenan.
Remarkably, Lord John and Orion’s Cruiser are full brothers, bred by Maurice Casey out of his good mare Direen Iren- well done Maurice.