Tuesday, May 31, 2011
NINA CARBERRY TAKES ON THE FRENCH – LATEST CRYSTAL CUP NEWS
Nina Carberry travels to Le Lion-d’Angers in France this Thursday, June 2, to ride the Michael Hourigan-trained A New Story in the Prix Anjou-Loire Challenge, the longest cross-country race in the world.
The contest, worth 112,000 euros, takes place over an extended four and a half miles and is the fourth race in the Crystal Cup Cross Country Challenge.
The race has attracted five Irish and British runners – last year’s winner Another Jewel (Denis Murphy, Ireland – John Cullen), A New Story (Michael Hourigan, Ireland – Miss Nina Carberry), Maljimar (Nick Williams, GB – James Reveley) and Pass Me By (Suzy Smith, GB – Mr Angelo Gasnier).
The 2010 Prix Anjou-Loire Challenge went to Another Jewel by two and a half lengths on soft ground and he finished the year as the leading horse in the inaugural Crystal Cup series.
Another Jewel was triumphant at the Punchestown Festival this year on May 5, narrowly beating Let the Show Begin in the La Touche Cup, the third race in the 10-race series.
The Crystal Cup series culminates at Cheltenham racecourse on December 9, when the leading trainer and owner of the series will be awarded the Crystal Cup and share 40,000 euros in prize money.
Points are awarded to the first six horses to finish in each race, with extra bonus points awarded to horses that have travelled from abroad to take part. The full schedule of races can be found at www.crystalcup.org
Entries for The Prix Anjou-Loire Challenge
For more information about the Crystal Cup please visit www.crystalcup.org
SCHEDULE FOR THE CRYSTAL CUP 2011