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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Smyth Consolidates Lead At Iverk

THE FIRST to break the 100 points mark in the Kerrygold Grand Prix League this season, Strabane's Peter Smyth romped home on <Zara's Pride> today (Thursday) at Iverk, Co. Kilkenny, almost two seconds ahead of Eddie Moloney on <Kilmoylan Warrior>.

The second place, however, brings Moloney into serious League contention, earning him an equal fifth placing with Shane Breen, who steered <Iman d'Occagnes> into fourth at Iverk.

Richie Moloney joined his brother in the Top Six today, giving <Millfall Hill> its first serious placing, while Lt. Brian Curran-Curnane once again flew the Army flag with a good third on <River Boyne>.

Fine weather and double clears seemed to be the order of the day at Iverk, with riders taking the lead and then losing it as soon as the next horse had completed, and in the end just under four seconds separated the first-placed rider from the sixth.

Winner Peter Smyth (33) joked of his former trotter <Zara's Pride>: < I think she's a keeper> and indeed the combination has now opened up a gap that will be hard to bridge as the League enters its final stages.

RESULT: Iverk Show Ltd Super League Grand Prix, Thursday 4th September
2003.. Sponsored by Morris Oil, Fiddown.
Prize Money: 4,500 Euro

1) ZARA'S PRIDE (Owner Edmund Simpson); Peter Smyth Faults 0/0 Time 28.84
2) KILMOYLAN WARRIOR (Owner John Widger); Eddie Moloney Faults 0/0 Time 30.32
3) RIVER BOYNE (Owner Minister for Defence); Lt. Brian Curran-Curnane Faults 0/0 Time 30.92
4) IMAN d'OCCAGNES (Owner Austin Broderick); Shane Breen Faults 0/0 Time 32.07
5) MILLFALL HILL (Owner William Smith); Richie Moloney Faults 0/0 Time 32.19
6) ROSS RISING CLOVER (Owner Liam O'Flynn); Mark O'Sullivan Faults 0/0 Time 32.46

30 starters, 13 riders through to jump-off

KERRYGOLD GRAND PRIX Rankings after Iverk Show Ltd Super League Grand
Prix, Thursday 4th September 2003.

1) Peter Smyth 106 points
2) James Kernan 81 points
3) Lt. David O'Brien 77 points
4) Harry Marshall 74 points
=5) Shane Breen 61.5 points
=5) Eddie Moloney 61.5 points


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