Longines Global Champions Tour of Cascais, Estoril

The Longines Global Champions Tour of Cascais, Estoril proved fruitful for Michael on board Jessie Drea’s Mullaghdrin Touch the Stars this week.

The Irish Sport Horse by Touchdown, who was bred in Co Kildare by Dr Noel Cawley claimed the opening day feature class Cascais/Estoril 2019 CSI5* 1.50/1.55 m, taking home €15,000 for the victory. A fantastic round by the Irish pair saw them finish almost a second and a half ahead of Germany runner-up Marco Kutscher with Casallvano, followed by Julien Epaillard on Virtrouse Champiex in third while Wexford’s Bertram Allen finished fourth with Molly Malone V.

Photo: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

Photo: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

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Photo: LGCT Cascais / Rui Godinho

Photo: LGCT Cascais / Rui Godinho

Saturday brought more podium results with the pair placing third individually in GCL R2 event ahead of Ben Maher and Explosion W in fourth, with Marcus Ehning in second and Martin Fuchs taking the top spot.  

This result of the penultimate class provided a favourable order of jumping in €300,000 LGCT Grand Prix of Cascais, Estoril leaving them third last to jump out of a field of 31 candidates. The duo went on to repeat their earlier placing taking a podium finish in 3rd place by producing an electric double clear in a time of 38.58 seconds just shy of a second behind winners Martin Fuchs and Chaplin.

 

Photo: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

Photo: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

Michael Duffy, LGCT Grand Prix of Cascais, 3rd place; 

"It is great to be on the podium - it is my first time on the [LGCT] podium and when you're against guys like this... when I was a kid growing up I watched them, I just need to ride a bit faster but it’s good to put it up against them. [Touch The Stars] is a very talented horse and has a great heart. I have only had him for four shows so I have a good feeling about him. We will be working hard to try go two better in Chantilly. Ben was just before me I knew he was going to be quick, all you can do is do the best. Hopefully next time it will be enough."

Ben Maher, Martin Fuchs & Michael Duffy  Ohoto: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

Ben Maher, Martin Fuchs & Michael Duffy

Ohoto: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

A fantastic week of firsts for the duo - first 5* win and first LGCT 5* Grand Prix podium finish.

Next stop; LGCT Chantilly.

Photo: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

Photo: LGCT / Stephano Grasso

Aisling Duffy