Higgins shares €6,000 prize fund
The 'Jumping In The City' final attracted a capacity crowd to Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium in Dublin on Friday, where Wexford's Jason Higgins shared the top prize in a thrilling Devenish-sponsored puissance competition.
Higgins, from Enniscorthy, riding the Ballywalter Farms-owned Hadine Van't Zorgvliet, was one of three riders to jump the big red wall in the final round at a height of two metres, six cm. (six ft. seven inches) to share the €6,000 prize-fund.
Tipperary's Liam O'Meara with the Irish Sport horse Cisero and Galway's Gabriel Corless riding another Irish Sport horse, Rockstown Park, also cleared the wall in the final round to finish as joint winners with Higgins.
Shelbourne Park marked the final leg of the 2015 Jumping In The City series, which has also seen huge crowds attend at greyhound stadia in both Limerick and Cork earlier this month.
Wexford's world number five Bertram Allen travelled home to compete in the Jumping In The City grand prix but finished outside the prizes. Allen was riding the stallion Thriller P, a horse Bertram had never before ridden in a competition.
Just two day's later, Allen was back in winning form at Geesteren in the Netherlands. The Wexford teenager jumped what looked like an almost effortless two rounds in the Netherlands Grand Prix with Ballywalter Farm's mare Molly Malone V, speeding home in the 13-horse jump-off in a blistering 42.79 seconds.
Austria's Julia Kayser came closest to Allen with the stallion Sterrehof's Cayetano Z, but was over four seconds off the pace of the world's number five-ranked rider.
Allen collected a brand new Mercedes CLA car as his prize for the Grand Prix victory.