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The series kicked off at Aglish Gymkhana in May with a win for Meath's Gerard Clarke, before Tipperary's Seamus Hayes landed the second Nike Vapormax Shoes
Vincent Byrne will be aiming to regain the advantage in the Horseware/TRM National Grand Prix League this weekend, having seen Alexander Burke take a one point advantage in Ravensdale a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, at the three star show in Magna Racino, Austria, yesterday, Jessica Krten rode the grey gelding Contadoor to victory in the four star Platinum Tour speed class, with Capt Michael Kelly matching the Antrim woman in the two star Gold Tour speed class on Drumiller Lough.
"Both my horses jumped really well in today's warm up. I'm very confident I can win a class or two and, hopefully, I can win the grand prix," he said, adding that while Confident of Victory had one fence down in the Madrid leg of the Nike Air Vapormax Heritage
Meath based Ennis recently rode the compact gelding to victory in Chatsworth and has been selected by Ireland manager Nick Turner for the German cup contest at the end of July.
Later, Offaly's Darragh Kenny piloted Hyperion Stud's stallion Imothep to fourth place in the day's feature class.
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The Shanghai extravaganza is noteworthy for being the first time foreign horses have been allowed to compete in mainland China after quarantine sanctions were lifted. Amazingly, more than 100 journalists were waiting this week as the plane off loaded its precious cargo of elite horses, which showed no ill effects from the marathon flight, said Breen.
Locals riders will be out in force, including reigning champion Francis Connors, national champion Paddy O'Donnell and former Hickstead Derby winner Paul Beecher. National Grand Prix League champion Greg Broderick and an in form Liam O'Meara are also among the favourites.
"From the point of view of people, the hotels and service are fantastic, while for the animals, the stables are air conditioned and excellent all around.
The Hickstead based Tipperary rider has travelled with the 10 year old Confident Of Victory and is not short of belief, despite facing some of the sport's elite at the $2m Shanghai showcase.
GCT "he's ready now to make his mark at the top end".
However both of these riders have not declared for Sunday, handing the advantage to their rivals.
"There is a lot of enthusiasm for the show and I believe it is sold out. I think it's going to be a big success. Everything we have asked for is in place, they've even built new fences."
The Corkman teamed up with Spy Coast Farm's stallion Cyklon to outdo his rivals, the best of whom was Mexican Santiago Lambre on Zeus du Buison Z, followed by Co Down's Conor Swail on Susan Grange's mare Ariana.
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Burke, by contrast, is still bidding for his first win, having placed second three times, but his one point advantage is by virtue of the fact he scored results in all of his six starts.
Breen is among a trio of Irish raiders, the others being Wexford 18 year old Bertram Allen (Molly Malone V and Romanov), and Cork's Billy Twomey (Ardcolum Duke, and Diaghilev) and he had no doubt each will help to "put the Irish flag flying high".
The action moves to Ballivor, Co Meath, with Byrne bidding to add to his hat trick of wins from six starts that saw him collect points in five.
Over half of the $2m prizefund goes on tomorrow's GCT grand prix, with $360,000 for the winner. Today and Sunday also feature a key competition, each with $370,000 up for grabs.
Eventer Sarah Ennis has set her sights on the nations cup in Aachen, Germany, with Stellor Rebound following her third place in the CCI three star at last weekend's Tattersalls International Horse Trials.
Sunday's third round of the Connolly's Red Mills Munster Grand Prix League will bring 48 horses and riders to Ballinamona Equestrian Centre just outside Waterford city.
"They came over courtesy of FedEx, It didn't cost us anything. It was a 14 hour flight with a one hour refuelling stop in Dubai. All the horses travelled really well," he said.
Breen was also fulsome in praise of the facilities.
Shane Breen was taking a lead from his horse name yesterday as he prepared for the first Chinese leg of the Global Champions Tour.
"We will have to do a little bit more homework, but I'm hoping we'll have a good team in Aachen," said Ennis. "We just Nike Vapormax Womens Blue might pull off a good result, which would be nice ahead of the World Equestrian Games."
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He also has the nine year old bay stallion Farao Van T Vennehof, but it is the grey gelding that he has pinned his hopes on for tomorrow's feature grand prix.
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