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Double Grand Prix delight for Smyth Crystal Tom

JONATHAN Smyth and Crystal Tom continued their exceptional season at the weekend when they won two Grand Prix in Portmore to bring their tally to the season to eight.

The duo won their seventh 1.40m Grand Prix title of the year on Saturday when Jonathan and Mulvin Lights Out finished eighth and the next day they did likewise for an eighth title of a sensational campaign, with Smyth also riding Charlton Clio to second place.

The success he has achieved on Crystal Tom this year hasn’t really surprised the 22-year-old Victoria Bridge rider, who always had faith in his mount, but he has been somewhat take aback by the number of victories this year.

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“I had a great weekend,” he beamed.

“I always knew [Crystal Tom] would be a top horse, but it was nice to see him get there at the same time.

“A good horse will win one Grand Prix in the year, but it takes an exceptional horse to win eight!”

Smyth has been in exceptional form all year, riding Crystal Tom to his eight Grand Prix wins, while also achieving two 1.50m victories on Mulvin Lui.

With a host of other promising mounts at his disposal, including Mulvin Lights Out, Charlton Clio and Cruising Lux, he knows he’s in a very fortunate position. And it’s one he hopes to take advantage of, with plans already in place for the new year.

“I’ve had a very good season, I’m very happy,” he admitted.

“I’m going to follow the rest of the Autumn Grand Prix Series with Crystal Tom.

“There are four round left and then the plan is, in February, to take four horses to Villamoura in Portugal for four weeks for the three star international level tour.

“It will be good way to start the year and I’ll be taking Mulvin Lui for those bigger three star classes to get some experience with him at that level for the season going forward internationally.

“Mulvin Lui had a great season. He won two 1.50 Grand Prix this year, which is really, really happy with. This is his first year moving up to 1.50 metres, so I was delighted with that.

“But he’s an exceptional horse, probably the best horse I’ve ever sat on so I’m really excited for next year with him.

“I’m very, very lucky at the minute. I have four or five horses at the minute that are all going to end up as top horses – it doesn’t happen often, probably once in a life-time that you get a string of horses like this, so I’m really lucky.”

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