Irish riders have now won the feature classes on the first two days of the four-star show in Tryon, North Carolina, with Richie Moloney and David Blake claiming the laurels.

Co Clare’s David Blake and Pine Hollow Farm’s nine year-old gelding Binkie recorded the only double clear round of the 1m 50 jump-off today in the Welcome Classic competition to collect an identical amount to Moloney in prize money.

On Wednesday night Kilkenny-born Moloney and Equinimity LLC’s gelding Alsvid opened the third week of international competition at the north American venue with an €8,300 win in the 1m 45 jump-off competition, the horse’s first major victory this year. 

Moloney said afterwards: "He's just the sweetest horse to work with, and he's great at these types of classes. We'll aim for a few more like this with him this season.

“He never was able to get those wins on the Florida winter circuit and I'm so happy that we were able to get it done today.”