Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Kernan Racks Up First
Win Of Season
always in contention for the top spot, James Kernan racked up his
first Grand Prix win of the season at Cavan today (Sunday), and
edged himself into No.2 on the League rankings.
his own <Out Of Touch>, James consolidated his consistently
good performances throughout the year with the only double clear
of the competition, and said afterwards: << It was a grand
course, but a very testing track, and I am especially delighted
with the win here today, and even more pleased to be No. 2 in the
Smyth, fast becoming the Golden Boy of this year's League, rode
his former trotter <Zara's Pride> into third place in the
Grand Prix, despite having an ankle broken in two places and a broken
big toe, incurred during a fall earlier in the week. He is now 10
points clear of Kernan in the League rankings, as a result.
several of his Equitation School team-mates on international duty
in Gijon, Spain, this week, it was the lesser-known Kerry-born Lt.
Brian Curran-Curnane who kept the Army flag flying today, taking
a respectable second place with the Minister for Defence's Cloverhill
gelding <River Boyne>.
Clarke, Eddie Moloney, and Neal Fearon accounted for the rest of
the top six places, though only four riders made it through to the
jump-off amongst the sunshine and showers at Cavan.
Marshall, also a member of the victorious Nations Cup team at Gijon
on Saturday, now sees himself relegated to fourth in the Kerrygold
League during his absence, a situation he will no doubt be keen
to rectify upon his return.
RESULT: Cavan Equestrian Centre 1.40m Grand Prix Sunday 31st August
2003. Sponsored by Cavan Equestrian Centre
Prize Money: 3,000 Euro
OUT OF TOUCH (Owner James Kernan); James Kernan Faults 0/0 Time
2) RIVER BOYNE (Owner Minister for Defence); Lt. Brian Curran-Curnane
Faults 0/3 Time 57.84
3) ZARA'S PRIDE (Owner Edmund Simpson); Peter Smyth Faults 0/4 Time
4) ATLANTICO 26 (Owner Ronan Clarke); Ronan Clarke Faults 0/8 Time
5) DRUMAGOLAND FLIGHT (Owner Samuel McQuade); Neal Fearon Faults
4/- Time 78.65
6) KILMOYLAN WARRIOR (Owner John Widger); Eddie Moloney Faults 4/-
35 starters, 4 riders through to jump-off
GRAND PRIX Rankings after Cavan Equestrian Centre 1.40m Grand
Prix Sunday 31st August 2003
Peter Smyth 91 points
2) James Kernan 81 points
3) Lt. David O'Brien 77 points
4) Harry Marshall 74 points
5) Shane Breen 55.5 points
6) Andrew Dunlop 51 points