Irish sweep International Grand Prix podium

ROCKWOOD – For the second time in less than a week, Irishman Daniel Coyle guided horses to first- and second-place finishes in a feature event at Angelstone Tournaments.

Coyle and Fortis Fortuna took the top prize in Saturday night’s $40,000 International Grand Prix with a trip of 44.038 seconds in the jump-off. Coyle and Cita were second at 44.690 seconds, the only other run in the jump-off that was under 46 seconds. Coyle won $18,000 for the performance.

With one day to go in Angelstone’s final big meet of the season, Coyle has 12 wins and has won almost $29,000 at The International meet.

Coyle claimed the top two spots of the National’s Sunday Classic last Sunday and also guided Fortis Fortuna to a win in the Champions Sunday Classic Aug. 20.

Andrew Bourns made it an Irish sweep of the podium Saturday when he took CHS Inception on the only other fault-free trip in the jump-off.

Six of the original field of 26 qualified for the jump-off with clear trips in the opening round.

Hugh Joseph Graham and Knock Out 3E finished fourth with four faults in the jump-off while Bourns and Ringwood Zebo were fifth with eight faults and a time of 48.478 seconds and Erynn Ballard and Hera Van De Kouterhoeve were sixth with eight faults and a time of 48.581 seconds.

  • Guelph Sports Journal