Irishman first and second in Sunday Classic

ROCKWOOD – Daniel Coyle of Ireland and Grafton turned up the speed a little in the jump-off to claim top spot in the $36,000 National Sunday Classic at Angelstone Tournaments’ main stadium.

Coyle and Grafton were one of four horse/rider combinations who made it to the jump-off despite having faults in their preliminary round. If there weren’t 10 rider/horse combinations with fault-free rounds in the first round, those with faults would be added to get the jump-off field that high.

There were six fault-free preliminary trips and Coyle/Grafton had clear round, but was issued one time fault for taking longer than the allotted time.

Seven of those in the jump-off went fault-free with Grafton/Coyle the fastest at 31.712 seconds.

Coyle proved to be consistent in the jump-off as he rode Fortis Fortuna to second at 31.715 seconds.

Leslie Howard of the U.S. guided Up And Blue Chapelle to third at 33.943 seconds.

Others with fault-free trips in the jump-off were Andrew Bourns of Ireland and Ringwood Zebo at 35.110, Nicole Walker of Aurora and Excellent B at 35.154, Laurie Bucci of Montreal and Glimmer Man at 35.499 and Ali Wolff of the U.S. and Igor D’Exaerde at 37.337.

The National was the second of Angelstone’s three Summer Tour meets. The third is this week’s The International. Feature events are Thursday’s $35,000 Open Welcome at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s $40,000 International Grand Prix at 8 p.m.

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