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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Moloney Takes North Wexford

NOT EVERY rider feels comfortable on a new horse, and very few win on their first time out.

And the number of competitors who win a Grand Prix with their first ride on a new horse must be even fewer.

But Kilkenny's Eddie Moloney did just that today (Saturday), when he took John Widger's <Kilmoylan Warrier> (sp) into the sunlit sand arena of Barnadown Stud for the North Wexford leg of the Kerrygold Grand Prix League.

First in, and first clear, of the show, Eddie led the whole way through and the combination proved to be unbeatable.<I am just amazed, > said Eddie afterwards. <It's not the kind of thing you expect, but I'm delighted, nevertheless.>

A strong Army presence today saw Capt. Gerry Flynn and Lt. Shane Carey feature in the Top Six, Flynn looking decidedly dangerous with his second consecutive Grand Prix Second place, but no scores at North Wexford managed to change the order at the top end of the Kerrygold leaderboard.

Some of the big guns featuring at tomorrow's (Sunday) Super League fixture at Waterford Show may change that, but everyone should note that Eddie Moloney will be there as well.

RESULT: North Wexford Grand Prix, Barnadown Stud, Saturday, 26th July 2003. Sponsored by P.A. Walsh
Prize Money: 3000 Euro

1) KILMOYLAN WARRIER (Owner John Widger); Eddie Moloney Faults 0/0 Time 38.71
2) BORNACOOLA (Owner Minister for Defence); Capt. Gerry Flynn Faults 0/0 Time 39.72
3) POLYCOR (Owner Waterside Stud); Edward Doyle Faults 0/3 Time 50.46
4) SHANNONDALE (Owner Minister for Defence); Lt. Shane Carey Faults 0/4 Time 38.00
5) COILLE MOR HILL (Owner Michael McKeigue); Tom Slattery Faults 0/4 Time 38.81
6) ROSS RISING CLOVER (Owner Liam O'Flynn); Mark O'Sullivan Faults 0/4 Time 41.41

41 starters, 8 riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after North Wexford Grand Prix, Barnadown
Stud, Saturday, 26th July 2003

1) Harry Marshall 68 points
2) Peter Smyth 65 points
3) James Kernan 56 points
4) Shane Breen 53 points
5) Linda Courtney 50.5 points
6) Andrew Dunlop 39 points


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