Amazingly tight turns and nerves of steel earned Shane Breen the grand prix title and the richest prize in Ireland at Royal Dublin with Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker.
British-based Irishman Shane has come agonisingly close to winning the Dublin grand prix before as runner-up in 2016 with Golden Hawk.
Only seven of the 40 starters reached the jump-off over the 1.65m track with penultimate drawn Shane setting off with determination to snatch the lead on the Carambar De Muze 11-year-old Ipswich.
Scott Brash came within 0.48 sec to settle for second place on the Cooper VD Heffinck 10-year-old Hello Jefferson and Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca provided the only other double clear for third on Dinky Toy V Kranenburg.
Four faults dropped Richard Howley and Chinook down to fifth and Ben Maher also lowered one rail on Tic Tac and dead-heated on time with Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat (Venard De Cerisy) for equal sixth.
Angelie von Essen improved on her runner-up position in Saturday’s 1.45m speed to take victory with Tiger on the final day at Royal Dublin.
Twenty-five contended the speed championship over a 1.45/1.50m track with table C rules (seconds added for a knockdown). And British-based Swede Angelie on the Cardento 15-year-old Tiger edged ahead of Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat on Victorio Des Frotards to win by just 0.13 sec. It was tight between the top three as Anthony Condon eased the Hales family’s Zira VH Kapelhof Z into third 0.22 sec behind Angelie.
A rail down put Holly Smith and Fruselli down to eighth with a steadier clear from Peter Moloney on Steyburn in 10th and Richard Howley finished 11th on Sea Horse Z.
Angelie posted the steadiest of the double clears to take third in the eight-horse jump-off of the seven-year-old final on Happiness DK Z (Hooch DK/Andiamo Z) 4.32 sec behind the winner.
Ben Maher rode Ginger-Blue (Plot Blue/Royal Bravour) into third in the eight-year-old final with the steadiest of the clears in the three-way decider 1.16 sec behind the pace.
Tim Page guided Hillcoote Border Fox into third in the six-year-old final. Six contended the jump-off with Tim and the Pacino/Cruising stallion finishing more than four sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Jason Foley on Dawsons Flex.
“It was a tough track for a six-year-old but it didn’t faze him at all,” said Tim.
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