06 Jul What a week end for Nicola Fitzgibbon – winner of National Grand Prix at Omagh
Double of wins for Fitzgibbon at Omagh Show.
Poker Des Dames, a 12-year-old gelding by Nabab De Reve and out of Ivoire Du Roc has been a successful mount for Fitzgibbon with a series of good results, which includes third place in the Jumping in the City series at Limerick.
Not only did Fitzgibbon take the honours in the feature class she also rode to victory in the 1.30m class aboard Westland Ruby. This completes a great week for the Kildare rider having also finished second in the RDS seven/eight year-old qualifier at the Meadows with Castleforbes Tina.
The runner-up spot belonged to Fermanagh native Catherine Thornton, who scorched home with nothing to add with Derryinver Luxury Cruise in 39.51 seconds.
Keen to clock up a win, fellow Fermanagh rider Gabriel Tunney, didn’t put a foot wrong with Lavish, but a slower time of 41.54 proved only good enough for third.
Emily Turkington lodged one of the quickest times of the class with Willem in 38.32 seconds, but it came at a heavy price as she came home carrying four faults for eventual fourth.
Winner at Charleville last week, Darryl Walker was looking to add to his leaderboard tally. Although he set off in a determined pace with Cushions, things didn’t go as he expected and eight faults in 37.06 seconds meant he finished down the line in fifth place.
Frank Curran suffered a similar fate with New World but a slower time of 39.33 saw him finish one place behind Walker in the line-up.
TRM/Horseware National Grand Prix League Omagh Show 3rd July 2015 result:
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1st Poker Des Dames/N Fitzgibbon 0/0/39.35
2nd Derryinver Luxury Cruise/C Thornton 0/0/39.51
3rd Lavish/G Tunney 0/0/41.54
4th Willem/E Turkington 0/4/38.32
5th Cushions/D Walker 0/8/37.06
6th New World/F Curran 0/8/39.33