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Army Takes Honours In 2003 Kerrygold Grand Prix League

Capt Gerry Flynn, riding the Minister for Defence's <Cruise Hill>, snatched victory by just under one second at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Kerrygold National Show Jumping League at Coilog, Co. Kildare today (Sunday April 20).

The competition was switched from grass to sand, due to the hardness of the ground, but winner Capt. Flynn said the organisation and the presentation of the Coilog event should be <a signature for all future Grands Prix this season>.

He added: <The final round was very competitive indeed. It was a close-run thing.>

Flynn, with a classic double clear round, beat Michael Kearins on <Polanski> by less than a second on time, and also saw his Army Equitation School colleague Lt. Shane Carey take Sixth Place with a fast round, but one fence down.

Sixteen riders, from a field of 41, made it through to the jump-off. The startlist included some of Ireland's top international show jumpers, as well as national riders.

Sunday April 20

€3,500 Logan Earthmoving Ltd. Grand Prix
1) Cruise Hill (Owner: Minister for Defence); Capt. Gerry Flynn Faults
0/0 Time 41.30
2) Polanski (Owner: Noel Kavanagh); Michael Kearins Faults 0/0 Time
3) Desert Prince (Owner: Ronnie Smith); Stephen Smith Faults 0/0 Time
4) Cavaleve (Owner: Linda Courtney); Linda Courtney Faults 0/0 Time
5) Waterford Crystal (Owner: Independent News and Media); Cian O'Connor
Faults 0/0 Time 58.02
6) Lismakin (Owner: Minster for Defence) Lt. Shane Carey Faults 0/4
Time 42.24

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX League Rankings after Coilog, Co. Kildare

1) Capt. Gerry Flynn 10 points
2) Michael Kearins 8 points
3) Stephen Smith 6 points
4) Linda Courtney 4 points
5) Cian O'Connor 3 points
6) Lt. Shane Carey 2 points


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