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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Breen Wins Charleville

A TECHNICAL course at Charleville Showgrounds proved too difficult for most of the 16 Grand Prix entrants today (Sunday), with the result that only Shane Breen on <Luandra> managed a clear first round.

However, under Grand Prix rules, 25 per cent of the first-round runners-up were allowed to compete in the second round. This, however, led to a two-rider contest between Tipperary's Breen and Limerick's Joan Green, each of whom now had two horses in the second round.

But it was Breen who was the best of the day, incurring just four faults in the second time out, to take the Grand Prix title on <Luandra>, with Joan Green on Eileen Mulconroy's <Sceal Eile> failing to catch Breen on time, though she managed a clear second round.

The remaining places in the jump-off were shared by the two riders, with Green taking Third and Breen Fourth.

Weather and ground conditions were fine for the 3000 Euro Grand Prix, but Shane Breen said afterwards: << The course took some jumping. It was very technical, especially the four strides to the double in the last line, which caught out a lot of riders. But I am very pleased with the result.>>

The only non-starter today was Tom Slattery on Christopher Cunney's <My Irish Paddy>.

The next venues in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League will be Omagh (July 5) and Blessington (July 6).

RESULT: CHARLEVILLE Show 3000 Euro Grand Prix, Co. Cork, sponsored by Charleville Plant Hire, Sunday 29th June 2003

1) LUANDRA (Owner Shane Breen); Shane Breen Faults 0/4 Time 43.98
2) SCEAL EILE (Owner Eileen Mulconroy); Joan Green Faults 4/0 Time 46.27
3) SHANNONDALE TRUMAN (Owner Martin Walsh); Joan Green Faults 4/0 Time 51.72
4) IMAN d'OCCAGNES (Owner Austin Broderick); Shane Breen Faults 8/0 Time 49.20
5) ROSS RISING CLOVER (Owner Liam O'Flynn); Mark O'Sullivan Faults 8/- Time 78.32
6) NEWMARKET GIRL (Owner Billy Daly); Danielle Quinlivan Faults 12/- Time 70.83

16 starters, 4 riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after CHARLEVILLE Show 3000 Euro Grand Prix, Co. Cork

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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