Magic Meyler steals the show as Irish riders star again in Australia
Donagh Meyler has already gained the plaudits from some of the leading Irish owners and trainers but the young rider advertised his abilities on an international stage by becoming the first jockey to complete a treble in the Ireland v Australia challenge, a feat that secured an emphatic victory for the visiting team.
It was the 31st consecutive year that an Irish team have been invited to Australia to participate in the jockeys' challenge and, of the 41 challenges in total, this was the 26th time that the Irish riders have come out on top.
Meyler confirmed himself as a top-notch rider when he partnered Gordon Elliott's Lord Scoundrel to Galway Plate glory in the maroon and white of Gigginstown House Stud in 2016, before following up on Tiger Roll in the Munster National.
The Kilkenny native, along with another emerging talent Rachael Blackmore, flew the flag for Irish riders down under in the latest jockeys' challenge and ended the series with 55 points, while the Australians posted just 35.
That 20-point victory was largely down to Meyler's brilliance. Successful earlier in the week aboard the aptly named Celtic Prince, a 20-1 shot, Meyler then followed today up on Pentomatic for Cranbourne-based trainer Eric Musgrove.
The treble was completed when Meyler pushed out 11-10 favourite Dane Hussler, trained by David Hayes, to an easy success in the concluding hurdle.
Meyler said after the series ended earlier today: “I got a good early feel on both horses. They jumped well and stuck their necks out. But they race a bit differently over here, that’s for sure.”