Mark McAuley and Miebello take their place in the prize giving ceremony in Madrid.
Louth’s Mark McAuley and his 13-year-old gelding Miebello scored an excellent third place finish in Saturday night's five-star Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix at Madrid in Spain.
McAuley has enjoyed a phenomenal year so far in 2017, playing a key role in Ireland’s Nations Cup campaign and winning the Lyon Grand Prix at the start of November.
He and the Eva Lundin-owned Miebello were third to go in an 18 horse jump-off in Madrid, which was hosting the sixth round of the 2017/2018 FEI World Cup series. They took the lead with a scorching clear round in 42.68 seconds, before being overtaken by Flying Frenchman Roger Yves Bost with Sydney Une Prince – who shaved half-a-second off the Irish riders’ target. Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels and Cas de Liberte crossed the line one hundredth of a second faster than McAuley near the end of the jump-off to take runner-up spot.
Along with collecting over €23,000 for his third place finish, Mark McAuley has climbed to fourth place on the Longines FEI World Cup league table and is now in with a great chance of making it to his first ever World Cup Final.
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