A dominant performance from Sligo’s Richard Howley has seen him fill the top two places in today’s two-star Grand Prix at Valencia in Spain, taking victory with El Wee Widge and second place with Arlo de Blondel.
From the 39 starters, 16 made it through to the jump-off with no less than five of those representing Ireland.
Howley was in stunning form, crossing the line clear in 34.44 seconds to win aboard the Michael Whitaker-owned gelding El Wee Widge.
Another fast clear (35.16) with his own gelding Arlo de Blondel saw Howley grab another huge slice of the prize fund in second place.
Kevin Gallagher was the next best Irish finisher after he guided the Irish Sport Horse Ballypatrick Flamenco to sixth place.