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Irish Pile On Pressure At Belfast

THOUGH British riders continue to dominate the main classes at the Belfast international horse show this weekend, Ireland piled on the pressure today (Saturday), with five riders in the top ten in the big 1.55m Horseware Classic, Peter Charles bringing his new mount <It's Magic Max> in fractions of a second behind second-placed UK rider Robert Smith at the new Odyssey Arena.

Ireland's Marion Hughes, who has had a strong show so far, finished in third, while veteran Edward Doyle and Zagreb Nations Cup hero Ryan Crumley took fifth and sixth respectively.

The class was won by British veteran Nick Skelton, riding <Russel>, who took £5000 in prize money.

In the earlier Crumley Construction Accumulator, 2003 National League winner Peter Smyth was best of the Irish with <Western Fairway>, claiming a sixth, closely followed by Billy Twomey and <Winnie Jackson> in seventh. The competition was won by British ace John Whitaker on the 12 yr-old grey gelding <Lactic Two>.

Tonight sees the much-awaited Puissance competition, with eight Irish riders lining out in a total field of 18.


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Accumulator with Joker against the Clock 1.50m
FEI Art. 269
Saturday 29th November 2003

1) LACTIC TWO; John WHITAKER (GBR) Points 44.00 Time 38.34
2) JERRY MACGUIRE; Robert SMITH (GBR) Points 44.00 Time 38.67
3) PHIN PHIN; Roelof BRIL (NED) Points 44.00 Time 40.99

6) WESTERN FAIRWAY; Peter SMYTH (IRL) Points 44.00 Time 41.84
7) WINNIE JACKSON; Billy TWOMEY (IRL) Points 44.00 Time 43.50

24 starters
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International Jumping Competiton Table A 1.55m with Jump Off
FEI Art. 238.2.2
Saturday 29th November 2003

1) RUSSEL; Nick SKELTON (GBR) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 39.78
2) KALUSHA ; Robert SMITH (GBR) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 40.32
3) IT'S MAGIC MAX; Peter CHARLES (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 41.50
4) HERITAGE SPIRIT; Marion HUGHES (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 49.71
5) EFFECTIVE; Edward DOYLE (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 49.97
6) BALTIMORE; Ryan CRUMLEY (IRL)Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 50.26

10) HERMES DE REVE; Clement MCMAHON (IRL) Faults 0.00/ELM

28 starters


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