Louise Saywell's final round flyer takes the Irish Horse Gateway International at HOYS


Louise Saywell’s final round flyer on Peiter VI lifted the Irish Gateway world ranking 1.45m by a dazzling 2.68 sec.

“I’m ecstatic, this has given me a boost of confidence and I love winning on home turf,” said Louise.

A testing track realised only five clears from 22 starters with Belgium’s Jos Verlooy in third draw setting the standard on Farfelu De La Pomme.

But Phillip Miller was on form with Brendon Stud’s home-bred Caretino Glory/Hamilton mare Sussex Caretino, and they galloped into the lead by two sec.

However, their lead was short-lived. Louise took advantage of Peiter’s rangy stride and easily took out a stride down a midway distance.

“I think that is what gave me the edge, but I added [a stride] to the last – I was either going to be hero or zero, but it was one of those rounds where every corner I turned the perfect stride was there,” said Louise.

The win on the Acorado/Landor 13-year-old – borrowed two weeks ago from regular rider James Hughes for this show – was unexpected.

“The warm-up class wasn’t good and we had two down on Thursday so we hadn’t got great expectations,” said Louise, who qualified for the week at HOYS in the wildcard series at Bury Farm.

“He’s a fantastic horse for James, fast against the clock and very experienced, when you get an older horse, they have their own way of going and it’s just finding what works best.”

Phillip and Sussex Caretino took second place ahead of Jos and Farfelu De La Pomme. The first fence fell for John Whitaker to slot the For Pleasure/Calato 11-year-old Ornellaia into fourth with France’s Robert Bruel on Bashka De Mortinsart taking fifth.

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