Overseas riders got off to a good start at Mullingar International CSI** with Scottish rider Aileen Craig leading the victory lap in Saturday’s opening 1.25m small tour. Riding Gunar S, she lodged the fastest clear in 62.88 seconds to take the winner’s share of the €1,000 on offer in the Hadley Sport Horses-sponsored class. Owned by Vicky Laing and Ben Lain, Gunar S is a 10-year-old gelding by Cavalier (Mister) out of Landetto.

English rider Annabel Shields, winner of the Balmoral Grand Prix, took the runner-up spot with My Casall when clear in 63.14. In third was Nano Healy and Trickin Around in 63.70 while Lee Carey and MT Cruise took fourth in 65.45. Fifth place belonged to Cormac Rafferty and Radolin Lady in 66.82. Tori Dunn slotted into sixth place with Victoria Z in 67.59.