Heidi Woodhead won the Irish Horse Board CIC*** World Cup qualifier riding The Biz.

She was one of just nine riders out of 39 starters to run across country in the CIC***, largely because of hard ground (see news report, page 5 tomorrow’s H&H).

Second in the World Cup qualifier and best of the Irish was Michael Ryan with Old Road. Northern Ireland’s Steven Smith finished third with Quality VH.

Fourth was Maths student Clare Abbott on Catherine Abbott’s 13-year-old Mandalious. Zara Phillips finished fifth on Ardfield Magic Star.

Wicklow’s Louise Bloomer, 22, took the Johnson & Perrott Land Rover CIC** on Innishannon On Air, fractionally ahead of Austin O’Connor on Lily Of The West. Third was Michael Ryan with Master Mexico.

Aoife Reilly took a large CIC* class on Ground Control, ahead of Fraser Duffy (First Mate). Third was Oliver Townend on ODT Mouse, who later suffered a nasty fall in the CIC** that put him in hospital.

Britain’s Ewart Woolley won the CCI* on PC Wilson.

Read this report in full, including more details of Oli Townend’s fall and the efforts of the event organisers to prepare the ground, in tomorrow’s Horse & Hound (26 April, ’07)