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Kevin Babington wins at Nations Cup
13 Feb 2015 09:09
Tipperary's Kevin Babington produced Ireland's first win at this weekend's US Nations' Cup show in Ocala, Florida, with a victory in Thursday's Grand Prix Qualifier.
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A capacity crowd at the four-star venue saw the 46-year-old pull into the lead when 35th of 59 riders to jump, piloting the Irish Sport Horse Mark Q, which Babington owns jointly with Deirdre Bourns. A time of 69.44 seconds proved impossible to beat, despite the best efforts of the strong international field that followed.
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The Obos Quality gelding's turn of speed earned Babington just over €8,000 in prize money, and qualifies him for Sunday's Ocala Grand Prix, where a total of €110,000 will be on offer. Meanwhile, Irish Show Jumping Manager Robert Splaine has confirmed Babington as third to jump in Friday's Furusiyya Nations' Cup in Florida, this time riding the ten year-old mare Shorapur. Ireland's team will line out at Ocala as: Darragh Kenny/Picolo, Lorcan Gallagher/Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve, Kevin Babington/Shorapur, and Conor Swail/Grafton All the Irish horses will be making their debut at Nations' Cup level, but the competition is not a 2015 points-earner for Ireland.
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