Late rally sees Ireland win annual international match

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Ire Aus Series

Saturday saw the completion of yet another fantastic Australia vs Ireland Series at Morphetville in Adelaide, at which a great crowd, in cool but comfortable conditions, witnessed the closest Australia vs Ireland Jockey Challenge, apart from the one recorded tie.

The Irish team of Danny Mullins, Liam Gilligan, Ronan Short and Shane Jackson (plus Tom Ryan on Wednesday) were able to secure Ireland’s 28th win in the series, beating the Australian team of Richard Cully, Will Gordon, Darryl Horner Jnr and Lee Horner this year.

While the home side at dominated at the mid-week Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club meeting, the visitors hit back at the main event on Saturday. The second race of the 2019 match was the Australia vs Ireland Jumping Challenge Steeplechase over 3500m and it went the way of Ireland’s Shane Jackson aboard South Australian jumper - Searaven, with Danny Mullins running third on Historic for trainer Steven Pateman. 

With an Australian rider falling, and another pulling-up, Ireland won this race 24 points to 12 to take a commanding nine-point lead into the last race. 

The third, and last leg was the Australia vs Ireland Jumping Challenge Hurdle which saw Australia win their second race of the series with Will Gordon scoring on You Dash For Cash for master trainer Eric Musgrove, while Liam Gilligan rode a great race in third on Romelo. 

Despite Australia running the quinella in this race, unfortunately with Richard Cully falling once again, Ireland had done enough to secure a 55 ½ – 54 ½ point series win. The success takes the overall series tally to Ireland 28, Australia 15 and one tie.

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