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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - O'Brien Takes Double Clear Win At Galway

WITH A tricky course designed by Brendan Duffy at the Galway County Show testing many riders to the limit, there were only five horses through to the Grand Prix jump-off today (Sunday) in the Galway sunshine, and only one double clear round at the finish.

A win by Lt. David O'Brien on the Minister for Defence's <Carraig Dubh> brought the Army Rider into the Top Six in the Kerrygold League rankings for the first time.

He said: <<I am delighted with the double clear. I thought the ground was slightly holding, and so I was under some pressure, finding it hard to jump, but in the end he delivered the goods. I'm also delighted to be in the Top Six of the rankings, and I thought the atmosphere here today was tremendous.>>

Many riders fell foul of the related distance at fence 7 and 8, and the long combination coming up to the finish posed a problem of stamina for tiring horses and riders.

Danielle Quinlivan slotted into Sixth today, as the fastest of the first-round four-faulters.

The result of the Galway show does not challenge Clem McMahon's lead in the rankings, though it may have been the last thing on his mind today as he helped the Irish team to victory at Hamina in Finland, in his Nations Cup debut.

RESULT: Higgins Civil Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. 3000 Euro

1) CARRAIG DUBH (Owner Minister for Defence); Lt. David O'Brien Faults 0/0 Time 51.30
2) KILLYBEGS SCHUBERT (Owner Malachy McDaniel-Stone); James Kernan Faults 0/4 Time 48.88
3) LORD'S HIGH FLIGHT (Owner Sophie Hoorn); Sophie Hoorn Faults 0/4 Time 55.64
4) COR d'ALME Z (Owner Ayumi Kotani); Edward Doyle Faults 0/8 Time 44.61
5) ATHLETICO 26 (Owner Ronan Clarke); Ronan Clarke Faults 0/8 Time 46.13
6) NEWMARKET JEWEL (Owner Billy Daly); Danielle Quinlivan Faults 4/-

48 starters, five riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after Higgins Civil Engineering &
Construction Co. Ltd. 3000 Euro GRAND PRIX GALWAY COUNTY SHOW

1) Clem McMahon 35 points
2) Andrew Dunlop 30 points
=3) Lt. Shane Carey 29 points
=3) James Kernan 29 points
5) Lt. David O'Brien 24.5 points
6) Michael Kearins 16 points


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