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Daniel Coyle puts in a win for Ireland in the ATB Financial Cup at Spruce Meadows 'National' presented by Rolex

Friday, 08 June 2018
CSI5* Spruce Meadows National 2018

Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Daniel Coyle (IRL) winner of the ATB Financial Cup raises the trophy with Curtis Stange, Chief Customer Officer, ATB Financial. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media.

The ATB Financial Cup (1.55m) marked the last chance for riders to qualify for Saturday's RBC Grand Prix presented by Rolex. Thirty-nine horse/rider combinations started the competition including last year's winning pair Kent Farrington (USA) and Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro). Farrington put in a great round earlier today aboard Jasper earning him his first win of the 2018 Summer Series and he was looking to make it two for two.

There were only three riders who would make the jump off in the ATB Financial Cup. For a second time today, both Farrington and Eric Lamaze (CAN) would find themselves in the three-man jump off joined by Ireland's Daniel Coyle. The win could have belonged to anyone as all three riders are known to lay down quick times. The fastest time was posted by Lamaze but a costly rail would put him into third place and open the door for Farrington to take another win, or Coyle to take his first of the season.

With the advantage of watching both Farrington and Lamaze complete their jump off rounds, Coyle knew he had to be fast and clear - and fast and clear he was. With a time of 40.05s Coyle and the chestnut mare Tienna (For Pleasure x Polydox) claimed the victory.

"If I can manage to ride her (Tienna) well enough, she usually leaves the jumps up," said Daniel Coyle about his winning mare.

Farrington and Coyle now have their sights set on the weekend and the RBC Grand Prix, presented by Rolex.


Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media // Picture © Spruce Meadows Media

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