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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Saintfield Gives First Win For Harry Marshall

THOUGH JUST 15 riders lined out for the Farming Life Grand Prix at Saintfield, Co. Down today (Saturday), the results caused a major change in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League rankings.

With Harry Marshall taking his first Grand Prix win of the 2003 season, a double placing in today's top six now gives James Kernan pole position in the League, while Andrew Dunlop also moves ahead of former leader Clem McMahon, who has been absent on international duty for the last few league events.

Seven riders made it through to the jump-off in fair weather at the Saintfield Super League venue today, but the final battle took place in heavy rain, changing the aspect of the competition. Marshall, however, a seasoned campaigner in all weathers, took victory on his own <Splendido> with a double clear and what turned out to be an unbeatable time.

Never a man for speeches, Marshall said he was <simply delighted> at his win, which now puts him in League contention with 15 valuable points. A win or place at Cavan tomorrow (Sunday) could make the Ballyclare man a serious threat to the league leaders, who will undoubtedly be watching him carefully in the weeks ahead.

RESULT: Farming Life 4500 Euro Super League GRAND PRIX

1) SPLENDIDO (Owner Harry Marshall); Harry Marshall Faults 0/0 Time 40.66
2) ZARA'S PRIDE (Owner Peter Smyth); Peter Smyth Faults 0/0 Time 43.19
3) ALL SHOOK UP (Owner Shirley Kernan); James Kernan Faults 0/0 Time 46.55
4) CRUZ FOREVER (Owner Andrew Dunlop); Andrew Dunlop Faults 0/4 Time 40.31
5) KILLYBEGS SCHUBERT (Owner Malachy McDaniel-Stone); James Kernan Faults 0/4 Time 45.49
6) CAVALEVE (Owner Linda Courtney); Linda Courtney Faults 0/4 Time 51.45

15 starters, seven riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after Farming Life 4500 Euro Super League GRAND PRIX

1) James Kernan 38 points
2) Andrew Dunlop 36 points
3) Clem McMahon 35 points
4) Lt. Shane Carey 29 points
5) Peter Smyth 27 points
6) Lt. David O'Brien 24.5 points


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