Willie Tynan and Ballinteskin Joe.
Wellington, FL (February 21, 2020) – Ireland’s Willie Tynan remains a force to be reckoned with on the 2020 Turf Tour, and is on the road to potentially recapture his 2019 title of Turf Tour Leading Rider. Wednesday’s $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic was set against the emerald green grass of The Ridge at Wellington’s home farm, where the field was recently expanded and enhanced to accommodate Turf Tour competitors. Over courses designed by Eric Hasbrouck on both grass and sand, competitors jumped the brightly colored jumps at heights ranging from .80m to 1.30m during Wednesday’s show, with Friday promising the same competition with the addition of the $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix. The Turf Tour’s 2020 Leading Rider based on collective points from the Rising Star, Grand Prix, and 1.20m divisions will once again be awarded a tricked-out golf cart courtesy of Iron Horse Transit.
With only three double clears in the class of 15 riders, Tynan’s 40.867 second jump off time with the always fast Freya put him squarely in the lead. A new horse for Tynan, Ballinteskin Joe, showed impressive scope and talent to also go double clear, jumping off in 43.694 for second place. Both Freya and Joe are owed by Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach from Delray Beach, Florida. Wednesday’s third and final double clear in the Rising Star went to another Irishman and Turf Tour regular, Jordan Coyle, aboard Elan Farm’s Bold Prinz. The pair’s jump off time of 47.259 settled them into third.
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