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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Rolestown Sees First Courtney Win

LINDA COURTNEY has been a consistent performer on the Kerrygold Grand Prix League circuit this year, but today (Saturday) saw her first 2003 victory, at Rolestown in Co. Dublin.

With a substantial field of 34 starters, and beautiful weather, nine riders and horses made it through to the jump-off, with Linda and her own <Cavaleve> showing everyone a clean pair of heels in a second-round time of 35.72, just shading Harry Marshall on <Splendido>, who came in fractions of a second slower.

There were only four double clears in today's competition, and the winner and runner-up were well ahead of the other double clears on time.

Though the First and Second places at Rolestown do not bring either Courtney or Marshall into the Top Six in the Kerrygold Leaderboard, they are now just a few points behind, with Linda at Seventh and Harry at Eighth, showing 25 and 23 points respectively.

Neither rider will improve on their score tomorrow (Sunday), for they will not be competing at the Super League venue of Charleville in Co. Cork.

Peter Smyth was the only mover on the Leaderboard after today's Grand Prix, rising one place to Fifth overall.

RESULT: ROLESTOWN Horse & Pony Show 4000 Euro Grand Prix, Co. Dublin, sponsored by Sam Dennigan & Co. Ltd. Saturday 28th June 2003

1) CAVALEVE (Owner Linda Courtney); Linda Courtney Faults 0/0 Time 35.72
2) SPLENDIDO (Owner Harry Marshall); Harry Marshall Faults 0/0 Time 36.11
3) CITIZEN LORD (Owner Aileen Crothers); Ronan Corrigan Faults 0/0 Time 43.80
4) APPOLONAIRE (Owner Tom Moloney); Richie Moloney Faults 0/0 Time 46.56
5) ZARA'S PRIDE (Owner Peter Smyth); Peter Smyth Faults 0/4 Time 34.53
6) DRUMAGOLAND'S FLIGHT (Owner Samuel McQuade); Neal Fearon Faults 0/4 Time 35.91

34 starters, 9 riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after ROLESTOWN Horse & Pony Show 4000
Euro Grand Prix, Co. Dublin

1) James Kernan 40 points
2) Andrew Dunlop 36 points
3) Clem McMahon 35 points
4) Lt. David O'Brien 34.5 points
5) Peter Smyth 30 points
6) Lt. Shane Carey 29 points


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