Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – October 14, 2023 – It really doesn’t matter what horse Irish Niamh McEvoy (IRL) seems to sit on she’s always up there on the podium! On Saturday, riding DHF Lift Off, she literally ‘rocketed’ around the Longines 1.45 ranking class and stopped the clock in just 63.54 seconds.
DHF Lift Off is by Harlequinn Du Carel dam sire, Mr Clover, and was here back in the spring with Kevin Gallagher. Clearly Niamh has really clicked with this super mare as no-one really challenged her lead.
Second and third places were taken by Mexican riders Carlos Hank Guerreiro with the Chacco Blue gelding H5 Chacco-San in 65.83 seconds and Enrique Gonzalez with another H5 horse, Kontender VDM by ‘Eldorado’ in 66.14s.
Fourth was Irish legend Cian O’Connor (IRL) with Fancy de Kergane; fifth Argentinian, Matias Larocca (ARG) with Millar van de Faunushoeve and sixth, Dutch rider, Skye Morssinkhof with Baloubelle 5.
Final Results – €26,400 Speed Challenge CSI 3*
1) Niamh McEvoy (IRL) & DHF Lift Off – 0 / 0 – 63.54
2) Carlos Hank Guerreiro (MEX) & Chacco-San – 0 / 0 – 65.83
3) Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) & Kontender VDM – 0 / 0 – 66.14
Source: Press Release from the Andalucía Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Moisés Basallote Fotografía & Vídeo