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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Bartlett Makes Grand Prix Debut Win

TREVOR Bartlett from Coleraine, Co, Derry, had his first Grand Prix win of 2003 at National Balmoral in Belfast today (Thursday) and enters the Kerrygold League with 10 points.

However, Trevor, who was third to go in the jump-off, has a long way to go to catch the current league leader, Harry Marshall, who now has 68 points, a total added to at Balmoral with a Second Place on his trusty <Splendido>.

Heavy rain dogged the 13-horse jump-off, and Marshall was a shade slow coming into the last fence, yielding fractions of a second to Bartlett, and was therefore unable to catch his fellow-Ulsterman.

Sophie Hoorn continued with her consistent League performance, placing Fourth today on <Lord High Flight>, while Cian O'Connor returned to the national Grand Prix fray, riding Shelagh O'Callaghan's <Mahon Point> into Sixth.

The Kerrygold League table is now shaping up into a four-rider showdown between Marshall, Smyth, Kernan and Courtney, but, as in previous years, some surprises may be just a few competitions away. And with 16 Grands Prix still left to run, it would be a foolish punter who placed any bets at this stage of the game.

RESULT: National Balmoral, Belfast, GRAND PRIX sponsored by Planet Bingo, Thursday 17th July 2003.
Prize Money: 3000 Euro

1) BEST WESTERN (Owner Francis Doherty); Trevor Bartlett Faults 0/0 Time 40.58
2) SPLENDIDO (Owner Harry Marshall); Harry Marshall Faults 0/0 Time 40.75
3) WESTERN FAIRWAY (Owner Peter Smyth); Peter Smyth Faults 0/0 Time 42.82
4) LORD HIGH FLIGHT (Owner Sophie Hoorn); Sophie Hoorn Faults 0/0 Time 46.19
5) CRUZ FOREVER (Owner Andrew Dunlop); Andrew Dunlop Faults 0/0 Time 49.72
6) MAHON POINT (Owner Shelagh O'Callaghan); Cian O'Connor Faults 0/0 Time 57.32

44 starters, 13 riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after National Balmoral, Belfast, GRAND PRIX

1) Harry Marshall 68 points
2) Peter Smyth 61 points
3) James Kernan 56 points
4) Linda Courtney 50.5 points
5) Andrew Dunlop 39 points
6) Clem McMahon 35 points


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