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Glory for Trevor Coyle in Gijon

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012 10:59

Trevor Coyle enjoyed a major return to top form in Gijon
Trevor Coyle enjoyed a major return to top form in Gijon

Ireland’s Trevor Coyle produced a dazzling performance at Gijon to outjump a world class field to take the prestigious Banco Herrero Grand Prix trophy.

The 53-year-old, aboard the French-bred mare Jubilee d'Ouilly, returned the only double-clear round of the competition to collect the €42,000 prize against stiff opposition.

French star Penelope Leprevost came closest to Coyle in the 12-horse final round with Mylord Carthago, but a fence down on her second outing took her out of contention for the trophy.

Britain's Laura Renwick and Oz de Breve finished in third, also on four faults.

Coyle was runner-up in the 1999 World Cup with the Irish Sport Horse Cruising and made the decider again in 2003, but this win puts him back at the forefront of Irish show jumping.