Tipperary rider Liam O’Meara got his season off to a good start as he rode to victory in the opening leg of the HSI/Connolly’s RED MILLS Spring Tour at Kildare International last Sunday. Riding the 11-year-old Mr Coolcaum, he was fastest of the 17 combinations in the jump-off and took home the lion’s share of €2,500 on offer.

Delighted with the win, O’Meara said: “The horse was out of action for a short time due to a stone bruise, but he is clearly back to himself. The plan is to get a few more legs of the tour in before heading to Millstreet for the Welcome Tour [CSI*] in April.”