The Irish show jumping team finished third in the FEI Nations Cup of Ireland, where Britain claimed the the Aga Khan trophy for a record 27th time.

The result means Ireland have safely qualified for the lucrative Nations Cup world final in Barcelona, where a coveted Olympic team qualification place will be up for grabs.

Meath's Cian O’Connor got Ireland underway with PSG Final and they finished with four faults picked up at the vertical after the water.

Limerick’s Paul O’Shea, aboard Machu Picchu, then delivered a brilliant clear round to the delight of the home fans.

Third to go for Ireland, Shane Sweetnam finished with one fence down for four faults. Ireland’s anchor rider, Darragh Kenny kept all the fences standing however a foot in the water saw them finish on four faults.

That left Ireland in a share of third place at the halfway stage on eight faults, with Britain out in front on zero ahead of Italy in second on four faults.

In the second round, O’Connor finished with one fence down and a time fault. O’Shea then boosted Irish hopes by completing a fantastic double clear round with which drew Ireland level with Italy in second at that stage while Britain continued to hold the lead.

Sweetnam looked to be heading for a clear but picked up four faults at the first part of the combination, while Kenny also finished with four faults when last to go.

That left Ireland on a final score of 16 faults in third place.

A hugely impressive performance saw Britain claim the Aga Khan trophy for a record 27th time when they finished on a final score of just one time fault. Italy finished second on 12 faults ahead of Ireland in third.