Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Smith Takes Dun Laoghaire
HUGE crowd turned out in brilliant Bank Holiday weather to see Steven
Smith take the 3,000 Euro top prize at today's (Monday) Dun Laoghaire
Horse Show Grand Prix, riding Robert Hancock's <Laraghlease Western
it was the other places that gave keen watchers of the Kerrygold
League table something to talk about.
Marshall, whose No. 1 spot in the League could have been usurped
at Dun Laoghaire, substituted his proven Grand Prix winner <Splendido>
for <Romance>, and only an unfortunate refusal in the second
round stopped him making a bid for victory, but his Fourth earned
sufficient Super League points to maintain his league leadership
by a comfortable margin.
David O'Brien added his winner's points from yesterday at South
County Dublin to today's Fifth at Dun Laoghaire to catapult him
into a new Fourth place in the Kerrygold League, and in the process
bumping Linda Courtney out of the vital Top Six.
Dunlop's Second at Dun Laoghaire re-connected him with the leaders,
from whose ranks he had momentarily disappeared, and now shares
joint Fifth with Shane Breen.
is now hotting up for Kerrygold glory, with only nine Grands Prix
left in the series, and Harry Marshall hotly pursued by a clutch
of talented riders, any one of whom could topple him with a single
Super League win.
10,000 Euro Grand Prix today, at which just five riders made it
through to the jump-off, was sponsored by course builder and former
show jumper Leslie Fitzpatrick, whose place in history is assured
through being the first civilian rider ever to compete on an Irish
Nations Cup team.
Dun Laoghaire Horse Show, Super League Grand Prix, Monday 4th August
'03. Sponsored by Leslie Fitzpatrick
Prize Money: 10,000 Euro
LARAGHLEASE WESTERN DESERT (Owner Robert Hancock); Steven Smith
Faults 0/0 Time 42.23
2) CRUZ FOREVER (Owner Andrew Dunlop); Andrew Dunlop Faults 0/0
3) NEWMARKET GIRL (Owner Billy Daly); Danielle Quinlivan Faults
0/0 Time 43.73
4) SPLENDIDO (Owner Harry Marshall); Harry Marshall Faults 0/3 Time
5) BOHERDEAL CLOVER (Owner Minister for Defence); Lt. David O'Brien
Faults 0/4 Time 40.64
6) ATHLETICO 26 (Owner Ronan Clarke); Ronan Clarke Faults 3/-
starters, 5 riders through to jump-off
GRAND PRIX Rankings after Dun Laoghaire Horse Show, Grand
Prix, Monday 4th August '03
Harry Marshall 74 points
=2) Peter Smyth 65 points
=2) James Kernan 65 points
4) Lt. David O'Brien 54 points
=5) Shane Breen 51 points
=5) Andrew Dunlop 51 points