Ryan blooms at Flowerhill
If anyone ever needed evidence of Michael Ryan's (picture) consistency as an event rider, last Sunday at Flowerhill was the place to be. Fresh from his success in the CCI** at Punchestown with Master Mexico, the Corkman proved a formidable opponent once again with wins in the O/CNC* (Capacurry Girl) and the Horseware League CNC* (Matinee Idol). Both horses are owned by Thomas Kibbe.
'A lot of effort went into both tracks', the winner said. 'There were a few changes from the last time they ran and there was plenty for them to see and to jump, whatever class you were in and whatever horse you were on. It was very educational and we need more tracks like that and in this country.'
Ryan continued to explain that he has been equally impressed with some other recent events including Kilmanahan and Glandoran. 'All three were absolutely phenomenal. I was very impressed with the effort that went into the jumping tracks and the ground.' Following on from Sunday's win, Capacurry Girl will be running at Tattersalls this weekend and Matinee Idol is being aimed for Harpury and for selection for the 6 year old class in Lion d'Angers.
Michael riding Millstreet Sails, was also a strong contender in the training ranks when he was 2nd to his wife Patricia and Annestown Emperor.
Michael was pathfinder over a cross-country track that asked questions of each and every combination, not least when it came to time. By the end of the day, only a handful of riders had managed to come home within the time allowed, and not one combination in the O/CNC* stopped the clock without penalties to add. He led after dressage on 35.7 with this 8 year old by Welcome Diamond, but 3.6 to add after cross-country put second placed Paul Donovan, riding Sportsfield Killusty, was the quickest in the class, with only 1.6 to add to his dressage score of 36.7, but a pole down in the closing stages saw him back in 2nd with a final score of 42.3 Ryan capitalised with a clear over the poles to claim maximum points on a final tally of 39.3 to win the event.