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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Marshall Wins Blessington, Enters League Top 6

ALWAYS a potential threat to the leaders in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League, Ballyclare's Harry Marshall today (Sunday) clinched the Blessington Super League Grand Prix and catapulted himself into Third on the League table.

Clocking up his first Grand Prix win at Saintfield three weeks ago, Marshall repeated the medicine in sparkling form at the sunlit sand arena in Kill Equestrian Centre, where the Blessington Show was held today, riding <Splendido>.

League leader James Kernan went in after Marshall, and although turning in a copybook clear, was over three seconds behind the Ulsterman, but the Super League points accrued were enough to increase his lead as No.1 in the overall table.

Marshall afterwards said that his own final round was <not just good, but fantastic>, and was obviously ecstatic about his horse's performance against a very competitive field.

Conor Swail also made his presence felt with a good Fourth on <Windgate's Paragon>, while Edward Doyle took Third today on <Ramiro B>.

Though racking up a Sixth on <Cavaleve> at Kill, Linda Courtney remains tantalisingly short of the necessary points to bring her into the Top Six on the league table.

RESULT: 43rd Blessington Agricultural Show, Super League GRAND PRIX
sponsored by G & K Building Company Sunday 6th July 2003.
Venue: Kill Equestrian Centre.
Prize Money: 4500 Euro

1) SPENDIDO (Owner Harry Marshall); Harry Marshall Faults 0/0 Time 35.45
2) OUT OF TOUCH (Owner James Kernan); James Kernan Faults 0/0 Time 38.60
3) RAMIRO B (Owner Michael Earls); Edward Doyle Faults 0/0 Time 39.81
4) WINDGATES PARAGON (Owner Edward Cawley); Conor Swail Faults 0/0 Time 41.26
5) COLLINS 5 (Owner Jayne Dillon); Taylor Vard Faults 0/0 Time 41.79
6) CAVALEVE (Owner Linda Courtney); Linda Courtney Faults 0/4 Time 38.41

30 starters, nine riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after BLESSINGTON Super League 4500 Euro
Grand Prix, Co. Kildare
1) James Kernan 56 points
2) Peter Smyth 40 points
3) Harry Marshall 38 points
4) Andrew Dunlop 36 points
5) Clem McMahon 35 points
6) Lt. David O'Brien 34.5 points


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